VIDEO: Adam Driver Brings Theater to the Military Through Nonprofit Program 'Arts in the Armed Forces'
Adam Driver travels with a group of actors to perform in front of different military facilities around the United States and overseas
Adam Driver is using his love for acting and his background in the military to bring theater to the Armed Forces.
In a new VICE News documentary, Driver – who served two years in the Marines before returning home to continue pursuing acting – travels with a group of actors to perform in front of different military facilities around the United States and overseas through a program called Arts in the Armed Forces.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor was inspired to start the nonprofit program after he felt that there was not enough thought-provoking and impactful entertainment being offered to the military during his time of service.
Driver, 32, says in the documentary that he wanted to offer the performances as an alternative to the standard events that are commonly provided.
“I remember those events that we had that were all well-intended and great to have, but seemed a little dumbed-down considering what we were kind of there to do,” he says.
While Driver has always had a passion for acting, he joined the Marines a few years after graduating high school when he found himself struggling to make it in Hollywood. He made the spur-of-the-moment decision to sign up for the U.S. Marine Corps after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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In the documentary, Driver explains that he wanted to help soldiers find new ways to put their feelings into words, and he believed that could be done through theater.
“We’re hoping to show that language is a powerful tool, that self-expression is a powerful tool,” he says in the documentary. “It’s just as valuable as any rifle you carry or any tool you can put in your pack.”