Adam Driver Walked Out Of An Interview Because He Didn’t Want To Hear A Clip Of Himself

December 17, 2019 / Posted by:

I don’t personally know anybody who likes the sound of their recorded voice, myself included (even though we all know plenty of people who love nothing better than to hear themselves talk in real time). And if Adam Driver’s recent actions during a taping for NPR’s Fresh Air are any indication, Adam not only hates it, he simply cannot! According to The Daily Beast, Adam walked out (spiritually, if not physically, the interview was remote) on Fresh Air’s host Terry Gross in the middle of an interview because she played a clip from Marriage Story. I’m like, damn, stars, they really are just like us. Academy award nominated actor Adam Driver also thinks he sounds like an insufferable tween girl with a brain injury when he hears himself on tape!

Adam clearly hasn’t been on Cher’s internet since Marriage Story premiered otherwise he’d have thrown his computer out the window to avoid all the screaming memes. But he is doing promo for it, so the pitfalls are plentiful. The Daily Beast reports:

Sources at NPR told The Daily Beast that Driver walked out of an interview earlier this month with Fresh Air host Terry Gross after expressing displeasure at the idea of listening to a clip of himself singing “Being Alive” from the musical Company. Driver’s character sings the song late in Noah Baumbach’s new Netflix film Marriage Story.

According to one source, Gross’ team was aware that Driver prefers not to listen to recordings of himself and encouraged him to remove his headphones while any clips played back.

Danny Miller, Fresh Air’s executive producer, confirmed that Driver left during a break in the interview “while we were playing back a clip from the film.” The star actor recorded his end of the interview from NPR’s New York studios, while Gross was in Fresh Air’s base at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia.

Look, I don’t really want to watch Marriage Story either, but it seems like an inevitability at this point. Why should Adam get special treatment? But I get it, hearing yourself sing can be particularly painful. And Being Alive is not an easy song to sing, I’ve done it at karaoke. Yes, I got a standing ovation, never had to pay for another drink, and received a free pass to the front of the rotation good for the rest of the night (or should have), but that’s not important right now. Adam didn’t want to hear it, so he bolted.

“We don’t really understand why he left,” Miller said in an email. “We were looking forward to the interview—Terry thinks he’s a terrific actor, he was a great guest when he was on [Fresh Air] in 2015—so we were disappointed that we didn’t have a new interview to share with our listeners about Marriage Story.”

During that 2015 interview, Adam also refused to listen to a clip of himself. So Terry asked him why.

“I don’t want to hear the bad acting that probably was happening during that clip,” Driver joked in response at the time.

“Does it throw you off to hear yourself?” Gross asked.

“Yeah, no, I’ve watched myself or listened to myself before, then always hate it,” Driver said. “And then wish I could change it, but you can’t. And I think I have, like, a tendency to try to make things better or drive myself and the other people around me crazy with the things I wanted to change or I wish I could change.”

Let us all pray that nobody ever tries to punk Adam by sneak-showing him a sex scene from Girls. He might actually go insane.


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