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Adam Driver's Walk Out Is A Lesson In How Not To Interview Someone

"We still don’t understand why Adam Driver chose to leave the interview at that point.”

Adam Driver has found himself in the unique position of starring in two films that are absolutely everywhere at the moment: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Marriage Story. He’s making headlines this morning, not for the parts he plays in them, but for walking out of an interview after an interviewer played a recording of himself singing. 

The interview was for NPR’s show Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross, and was happening in two different parts of the USA – Adam was set up in NPR’s New York studios, while Terry was in Philadelphia. The plan was for a clip of Adam singing during Marriage Story to be played in the middle of the interview, even though he’s spoken before about how much he hates listening to or watching back footage of himself acting. 

According to to the executive producer of Fresh Air, they gave him the choice of letting him take his headphones off so he wouldn’t have to hear it.

“We knew [that] he does not enjoy listening back to clips of his movies (that isn’t unusual, a lot of actors feel that way). So Terry invited him to take off his headphones while we played back the 20-second clip, and that our engineer in New York would cue him to put his headphones back on after the clip ended.”

“After the clip concluded we were informed by our engineer in NY that he had walked out of the studio, and then left the building.  We still don’t understand why Adam Driver chose to leave the interview at that point.”

When I originally read this news, I assumed he was being a diva. I mean, let’s be real, it wouldn’t be the first time a high profile actor did something petty. But the more I read, the more I sympathise with Adam Driver and think that the interviewers were way out of line and the walk out was justified.

In a 2015 interview – also with Fresh Air, mind you – Adam refused to listen to a clip of himself. When asked why, he joked about listening to bad acting and then said:

“Yeah, no, I’ve watched myself or listened to myself before, then always hate it. 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.”

He’s also spoken about feeling sick watching the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and hiding out in the green room to avoid a screening of BlacKkKlansmen.

Anxiety can manifest in all sorts of weird ways. Walk out or not, from all accounts Adam Driver is a lovely person to be around. He may have left this particular interview, but I don’t think he was being deliberately pretentious. It sounds more like a reaction to a crappy situation that the interviewers shouldn’t have put him in the begin with.

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A Handy Guide To Talking To Your Cool Teenage Cousins This Christmas

So... what's your favourite TikTok?

Some family members are harder to talk to than others during Christmas lunch, and today I’m thinking specifically about your cool younger cousin. When they were eight you could just ask them which one was their favourite Power Ranger and that would be the topic of conversation for the next hour, but now that doesn’t fly as easily.

There’s a good chance I’m going to Ok Boomer myself here, but after a lot of discussion, here are a couple of topics that should at least get you through until dinner.

Fortnite
Come on, we had to start here. It’s everywhere at the moment and has been for months, and even if you haven’t played the game you’ve absolutely seen kids doing the dances from it. Usually in the checkout line at the shops. 

This dance

Basically it’s a cross between Minecraft and Call Of Duty. It’s cartoony, and you get to build stuff while trying to shoot people. The best part is that some kids are making millions off of it.

Climate Change
Kids are way smarter today than a lot of us were at their age. At thirteen most of my attention was spent on which fluro sunglasses would go best with my new JayJays top, but thirteen year olds today know heaps about the planet and how to protect it. Greta Thunberg is only sixteen, for God’s sake.

These glasses

Sure, it may not be a cheery topic, but grab a snag and ask how they’re feeling after all the bushfires around the country, and you can at least bond over mutual terror at the thought of the future. 

TikTok
It’s like Vine but the videos are longer. Actually do take a look if you get the chance, kids are on there making funny and wholesome videos, and well as giving lessons in racism and making political statements

But there’s also heaps of this

Just don’t ask “so… what’s your favourite TikTok” because that is for sure not a cool question.

Festivals
Summer is upon us, maybe they’re heading out to one of the many many festivals over New Years Eve. This is a versatile one because you can compare music tastes, share horror stories about camping (we’ve all been there), and even chat pill testing if you want to get deep.

Party hard

Give Up
If all else fails, accept that we’re no longer cool youths and ask “how’s school,” even though we all absolutely hated that when we were their age. Or try the Power Ranger question again.

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Baby Yoda Is The Only Sim You Won’t Delete The Pool Ladder On

Off to play Sims, we are.

Who among us didn’t spend their childhood finding new and creative ways to violently murder their Sims? If you didn’t, I’m going to assume that you either weren’t allowed to play The Sims, or you’re a well adjusted person. Let’s be real though, none of us are well adjusted so more likely option A.

No matter how many times you forced your Sims to ignore the burning pancakes so that the kitchen would catch fire, there’s a new Sim on the block that nobody would dare harm. Baby Yoda.

Credit: SimsVIP

If you thought that Baby Yoda’s domination of our world was starting to slow down, you’d be wrong. The newest addition has added a statue of him, called “The Child Statue” that will cost you 504 simoleons. You can put him anywhere, and then tell your Sims to “view,” where they will stare at him much like we all do. No word yet on whether or not they’ll cry over how cute he is like a real human.

Much like the original Baby Yoda himself, this sort of came out of nowhere. There was no indication that we’d get a statue of him in the patch notes, so his appearance was a very pleasant surprise.  

For now, Baby Yoda will just chill in your house or garden (or wherever else you wanted to put him) because he’s… well… a statue. I have no doubt in my mind that someone is working on a playable character. If I can chat to a ghost, then dammit, I want to chat to Baby Yoda.

This cute surprise coincides with the release of some decent Baby Yoda merch, too. The initial releases were a bit shit but now we have plush toys to pre-order, so Merry Christmas to us. It’s a good day to pour all of your love onto a tiny, green 50 year old.

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