By Mark Judge
December 17, 2015
Driver then pursued an acting career, going to the Julliard School in New York. "After I got out, suddenly I realized that I could handle civilian problems," he told the Military Times. "They all seemed pretty small by comparison."Actor Adam Driver, who plays villain Kylo Ren in the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, is a former Marine.
In a 2014 profile in Rolling Stone, Driver explained how the attack on 9/11 inspired him to enlist:
"I was having an argument with my stepfather, and he was like, 'Why don't you join the Marine Corps?' And I was like, 'Noooo! Well, maybe, actually . . .' I went and saw the recruiter, who was like, 'Are you on the run from the cops? Because we've never had someone want to leave so fast.' I was like, 'I'm going to be a man.'"
Driver trained at Camp Pendleton in California, becoming an 81mm mortar man with the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.
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