Adam Driver: funny guy, singer, heartthrob, and the new face of evil.
Since Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out this past December, Adam Driver, who absolutely killed the role of Kylo Ren, has become somewhat of a hot commodity. He is also known for his roles in movies such as Inside Llewyn Davis (Al Cody), and television series such as Girls (Adam Sackler), but his performance in Star Wars: TFA is what has put him on a lot of people’s radars. This week, Driver appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and I for one was very impressed.
My immediate impression when Driver first appeared on the SNL stage was that he can have a very booming voice (and be pretty intimidating) when he wants to, and that he has an intense way about him, just like his character in Star Wars: TFA, Kylo Ren.
During his opening monologue, Driver referred to the movie by saying, “I’m in a movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens…if this one does well, we might make another.” Very witty. I also enjoyed SNL cast member Taran Killam’s impression of a die-hard Star Wars fan, and I think resident Star Wars expert Josiah LeRoy‘s article Ranking the Star Wars Lightsaber Duels needs to be revised to include the epic lightsaber battle between Killam and Bobby Moynihan.
This appearance on SNL showcased what a versatile actor Adam Driver truly is. During the first sketch that he appeared in where he played a football announcer, I saw a very funny side of him that I personally have not seen before. The Aladdin sketch also exhibited his singing skills, which no doubt come from his background in theater, but took me by surprise, considering the personality of his character in TFA. This brings me to my next point, that Driver makes a very convincing innocent Disney character, in opposition to his current Disney role as Kylo Ren.
Driver seems like he would be a very friendly person in real life, which is also a direct contradiction to his role in TFA. SNL pointed this out on their Twitter page, as seen below:
He seems like the kind of guy you’d want to hang out with.
The Undercover Boss segment of the show was by far the best part for me. This sketch features Kylo Ren going undercover as Matt, a radar technician at Starkiller Base. The similarity to the actual Undercover Boss show made this sketch funny, along with Ren’s compulsive need to be feared but also liked by the crew. I found it hilarious when a Storm Trooper made fun of Ren, and he responded by force choking him, sending him flying into a vending machine, and shouting, “I see what’s in your mind and it is stupid!” Ren also had a one on one, heartfelt conversation with an employee, which is common to the Undercover Boss show, and at the end, closed out the segment by stating that he had learned a lot and thought that people were really going to like the new him.
Another TFA reference that was much more subtle was Driver’s character’s name in the cat video sketch. The crew of the show he was on clearly did not like him, as they changed his last name (Reynolds) to be Raynal-Beads, but this allowed for both Finn and Rey’s names to be referenced at once.
Sadly, no other Star Wars actors made cameos on tonight’s episode.
In my opinion, the doctor’s office sketch was a disappointing way to close out the show. I felt that it was lacking in substance and just a way to get a few cheap laughs. Needless to say, this kind of sketch is not my cup of tea.
The writers, cast, and crew of NBC’s Saturday Night Live are comedically brilliant, and I’d say the show as a whole was a success. I would personally give Adam Driver two thumbs up because of his versatility as an actor and his potential to be hilarious.
-I’m not a fan of distasteful jokes
+Adam Driver is a good singer and a funny guy
+Star Wars jokes. Need I say more?
Jamie LeRoy is the Head Photographer and Graphic Designer for the Geekiverse. She is counting down the days until the new Deadpool movie comes out (26, to be exact).
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