Of all the horror stories about Hollywood actors, Adam Driver who came out of an NPR interview because he didn’t want to hear a clip of himself in Marriage Story seems pretty benign. However, after Daily Beast announced the news on Tuesday, opinions were divided on Twitter about whether his reaction was justified, but the problem is much more than an interview.
Daily Beast reporter Maxwell Tani says host Terry Gross offered Driver the option to take off his headphones when Fresh Air read Driver’s clip singing “Being Alive” from Company in the Netflix movie, but Driver left interview when the clip was played.
“We really don’t understand why he left,” Fresh Air executive producer Danny Miller told The Daily Beast in an email. “We were eager for the interview. Terry thinks he’s a great actor, he was a great guest when he was on [Fresh Air] in 2015, so we were disappointed not to have a new interview to share with our listeners about the history of marriage.”
But this 2015 interview is the first time Driver informs the host of his disgust at looking back at his performance.
“I don’t want to hear the bad actor probably going on during this clip,” he said.
“Does that discourage you from listening to you?” Gross asked.
“Yes, no, he looked at me or listened to me before, and then I still hate,” he said. “And I wish I could change it, but you can’t.” And I think I have, like, a tendency to try to improve things or make me and me and the people around me things that I wanted to change or I wish I could change. ”
But in a recent profile in The New Yorker, the severity of his disgust cleared up as real anxiety that began when he first looked at Girls.
“It was then that I couldn’t look at myself in things,” he told the chain. “I certainly can’t see this if we keep doing it.” He also said he had to throw up “at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His openness to talk about his anxieties around his own performance has led many to defend themselves on Twitter.
This is a real thing. Acting is about finding the truth in your character, in their words and in their actions. It’s your job to play those truths to your audience. No matter how good you are, there’s always once person who sees the lie. You. https://t.co/F7tYwJBmNz
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) December 18, 2019
If you carefully read the Adam Driver New Yorker profile (which um maybe if you were a radio producer prepping an interview you would have done) NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE SURPRISED YOU
— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) December 17, 2019
Seeing so many snide tweets about this. If the man has anxiety or a phobia then let him do whatever he needs to do. Being a famous actor doesn’t mean you don’t have mental health needs just like everyone else. He wasn’t rude to anyone, he was just anxious. https://t.co/b6xx864bQF
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) December 18, 2019