If you’ve been paying attention to which veterans have made their way into Hollywood circles, then you probably know about Adam Driver. He plays in the latest “Star Wars” installments as Kylo Ren, and has also played in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the TV Series “Girls” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He plays a disabled veterandisabled veterandisabled veteran who lost his hand in “Logan Lucky,” alongside Channing Tatum.
Driver enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after 9/11. He served as an 81mm mortarman in 1st Battalion, 1st Marines out of Camp Pendleton, CA. He was there for two years, but never deployed — shortly before his unit was set to head overseas, he was injured in a mountain biking accident, breaking his sternum. This began his medical discharge, which would give him the opportunity to earn his bachelor’s degree in drama at Julliard.
In an interview with GQ, Driver said that not deploying with his fellow Marines “fuckin’ kills me … To not get to go with that group of people I had been training with was … painful.” Anyone who has had their friends deploy without them, be it after a deployment of your own or none at all, knows exactly what Driver is talking about.
Driver’s journey from Marine to actor: