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Q&A: Adam Driver talks ‘Logan Lucky,’ makes martinis and meatloaf

Joe Bang (left, Daniel Craig) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) take a break from heist hijinks in ‘Logan Lucky.’
Photo: Claudette Barius

Most people’s summer breaks are winding down, though Adam Driver’s just hunkering down for his.

“I got nothing,” Driver admits about his upcoming work slate. “I am taking some time off and not thinking about cameras or craft services.”

This Friday, though, he’s back on the big screen in Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky, starring Driver and Channing Tatum as West Virginia brothers who plan a robbery of Charlotte Motor Speedway during a big NASCAR race.

Tatum’s Jimmy Logan is the quick-to-act brother setting the job in motion, while sibling Clyde, a bartender who’s also an amputee and Iraq war veteran, is the more contemplative one — the opposite of Driver’s hotheaded, lightsaber-wielding Star Wars villain Kylo Ren, whom he reprises in The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15).

Clyde “has to think through everything, lay out every option, before he does anything about it,” says Driver, who also stars in Terry Gilliam’s upcoming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Adam Driver stars as Clyde Logan, the more contemplative of two West Virginia brothers in the heist comedy ‘Logan Lucky.’
Photo: Claudette Barius

The actor talks to USA TODAY about Logan Lucky, making martinis while wearing a prosthetic arm and what other skill he’s been trying to master lately.

How does speaking West Virginian compare to learning other accents?

It was easier. Silence, we had to do a subtle Portuguese dialect and that was really difficult because the conceit was that if they’re speaking Portuguese to each other, they’re not making mistakes. When it’s more musical like a West Virginian dialect, you can lean into it more. And also, I have family all around the South and the West Virginia area so it’s in there somewhere.

Clyde Logan (far right, Adam Driver) makes a martini for arrogant race-team owner Max Chilblain (Seth MacFarlane) in ‘Logan Lucky.’
Photo: Claudette Barius

How tricky is making a martini using only one hand?

(Laughs) Same with learning a dialect, it’s breaking it down into pieces and drilling it until you get it right. It’s a good tool to have in your pocket if you want to go into a bar and judge the bartender, who’s making it two-handed and slow.

Was Clyde a nice lighthearted switch-up from your more serious Star Wars role?

I don’t really think in terms of, OK, I’ve been doing this and now I have to switch it up for myself. I hopefully follow really good directors and if it works out where I get to work with them, that’s the tone of the movie.

Adam Driver reprises his role as Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’
Photo: Lucasfilm

Don Quixote has taken Gilliam 17 years to finish. What’s great about your character in that?

I remember hearing about the movie when I was in high school. Flash forward how many years, and to be in it is all very surreal. (Toby) directs commercials and he’s away from the imaginative, exciting part of being creative — he’s stuck in this muddy part of his job and he’s lost interest. He comes across Quixote, played by Jonathan Pryce, and it awakens a lot of things for him. Hopefully hilarity ensues.

Are you looking forward to returning for Star Wars: Episode IX?

If it comes, sure. I like being a part of those movies and the people you get to work with so if it happens again, great.

In the meantime, what does Adam Driver do for fun on his time off?

I don’t know what I do for fun — I’m no fun. (Laughs) It hopefully will be cooking. I feel like I should know how to make meatloaf so that’s been interesting. I like cooking because it doesn’t have to be exact. As long as you don’t pass along salmonella, you’re good to go.

USA Today | Brian Truitt | August 15, 2017

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