Adam Driver responds to critics and interviews who have stated that the actor doesn’t fit the “movie star” look, saying, “I look how I look. I can’t change that.”
The “Ferrari” actor appeared on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” podcast to promote the upcoming biographical drama from director Michael Mann. Wallace, the podcast host, noted that some journalists have compared Driver’s skills as an actor to greats like Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson.
In response, Driver reveals that those actors influenced him in his career, but that he often ignores both compliments and negatives about his career.
“The New Yorker also called me ‘horse face,’ so I don’t—I take it with a grain of salt,” Driver said on the podcast. “I remember reading one reviewer [who wrote]: ‘His agent probably doesn’t know whether to put him in a movie or the Kentucky Derby.’ So I take it, you know, if you believe the good thing, then you have to believe the bag thing. So I try to not absorb anything.”
This comment led to Wallace stating that Driver doesn’t “look like the typical movie star,” and questioned whether his appearance helps or hinders the roles available to the “Marriage Story” actor.
“A hindrance in only breaking mirrors wherever I go and having a misshapen outsized body that I can’t fit through doorways, or most clothes or fit into most cars,” Driver said. “Apart from that, it’s good.”
The actor explained, “I’ve worked consistently which is nice, with people that I’ve wanted to always, dreamed that I wanted to work with. So, in that sense, it hasn’t—I look how I look. I can’t change that.”
While Driver seemed to have closed the topic nicely, the CNN and Max host pushed the subject by asking Driver if his career’s trajectory would have taken off if he looked like Robert Redford, one of the most iconic actors in American cinema.
Driver simply said, “It would just be different. Who doesn’t want to look like Robert Redford? I’ve accepted this is how I look.”
Many took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to criticize Wallace’s suggestive comments about Driver’s appearance. One user wrote, “Driver has been considered a heartthrob for the better part of a decade and clones of him now dominate romance novel covers, but Chris Wallace thinks he’s ugly because he doesn’t look like … Robert Redford.”
Another user wrote, “Do straight men never listen to straight women talk about their taste in men?”
Fans of Driver also tweeted out their love for the actor, noting that the Oscar nominee was the internet’s boyfriend when he transformed into a shirtless centaur for a Burberry Hero man’s fragrance video campaign.
This isn’t the first time Driver has run into rude questions in his career. Recently, Driver attended a Polish screening of “Ferrari,” in which he plays Italian motor racing driver Enzo Ferrari.
According to the Independent, an audience member asked during the question-and-answer portion of the screening, “What do you think about [the] crash scenes? They looked pretty harsh, drastic and, I must say, cheesy for me. What do you think?”
Driver brushed the question off, stating: “F*** you? I don’t know. Next question.”
Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” opens in theaters Dec. 25.
Source: Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace