Star Wars helped Adam Driver overcome one of his biggest fears: watching himself onscreen.
Driver, who plays Star Wars: The Force Awakens super villain Kilo Ren, made the decision never to review his own work after seeing himself in the pilot episode of Girls.
“Because I saw all the mistakes. The things that I wished I could change, but I couldn’t because it’s permanent,” he revealed on The Howard Stern Show Tuesday.
“Plus, I came from a theater background where you don’t get to see it,” he continued. “And that’s fine, like I know how it feels I guess, so I wasn’t so interested in how it looked. I’d want to make it better looking or perfect, and that’s a trap.”
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But when it came to Star Wars, Driver decided he could make an exception.
“Because we did so much work on it … It seemed like I should just try getting over it,” he said, adding, “And it’s Star Wars. I can’t literally believe that I was in it.”
Asked if watching himself was the painful, frustrating experience he thought it would be, Driver said with a laugh, “Yeah … I want to control it more and that’s not really I feel conducive maybe to acting.”