Adam Driver Interview: 65
65 follows an astronaut named Mills as he stumbles upon what he believes to be an alien planet. However, he and the only survivor of the crash, Koa, discover that they are actually lost on Earth 65 million years ago. In order to survive the two must work together to cross an unknown land full of dangerous prehistoric animals including dinosaurs.
65 written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who are known for writing Quiet place. 65 stars Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt, Chloe Coleman, and Nika King. The sci-fi action thriller is also produced by horror fan Sam Raimi.
Screen Rant spoke to Adam Driver about his new film 65. He explains what drew him to the film when he first read the script and the chemistry between his character and Greenblatt. Driver also tells a story about the real dangers they faced while filming on location in New Orleans.
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Screen Rant: Adam, congrats on the movie, man. This is why I go to the movies. Danger is around every corner. And I just want to see how this all turns out. Can you talk a little about your character Mills and the themes of family and family that you found in it 65?
Adam Driver: First of all, thank you for that, that’s really good to hear. What you describe is the attraction for me to do something really big with dinosaurs and laser guns, it’s a family film, and everyone can see family together. Which seemed very important at the time when I got it, which was in the middle of the first wave of COVID. But also to do something that had these big set pieces, but really it was about two people who couldn’t communicate and were going through something that is obviously outside of either of their experience they have
Which seemed obvious at the time with COVID, the metaphor, but also that they were fighting on the outside what was going on on the inside, and it turned from two processing in real-time grief. Making two people from completely different walks of life, become a found family but not really telling that story or making it into the final moments of the film , which I thought was ambitious and a rare opportunity.
Now you and Ariana have amazing chemistry 65 with very little dialogue. Can you talk to me about cultivating the chemistry between the two of you and the physicality of your performance? Especially with how little dialogue there actually is?
Adam Driver: That was a big challenge to walk the line. He hasn’t dealt with his grief so sometimes everything she does reminds him of his daughter in a way. It is difficult for him not to be open and because there is no communication it makes our physicality much more. When will he start caring for her? When will he start letting it in? How do we say it physically without seeming inhuman and unsympathetic?
But I’ve always found with people who are just really good actors and especially with younger actors who are not self-conscious, who don’t think too much, who are just completely present, and it’s good that it’s not something you have to figure out. You don’t have to try to find chemistry it just happens naturally and Ariana and Chloe Coleman sure did.
I know one of the producers is Sam Raimi, and he’s known for being a master of practical effects. This did a good job mixing practicality and CG did you guys shoot in physical locations? And if so, how did that help inform your performance?
Adam Driver: A lot. We shot in New Orleans and then in Oregon. He is a big character of the movie. With the dinosaurs, obviously, it’s a guy in green clothes hitting you in the head with a tennis ball or you have to imagine that. But it was terrible in the danger, just one example I guess would be alligators or crocodiles. I don’t remember the difference.
We are in New Orleans in the swamp. And there’s a scene where I have to drag Ariana who was a stunt person on a raft through this middle of nowhere in the swamp and the only way to clear out the alligators or crocodiles is to go hit the water. It’s like, “We scared them. So we already did it. We scared them away. So just go ahead, and you won’t get bitten. But if you see a nose come on just say something.” And I’m like “What the fuck is wrong with you?” But that brought a sense of terror.
An astronaut, Mills, lands on a planet I don’t know but realizes it was actually scattered on Earth 65 million years ago. Mills and the only remaining traveler, Koa, must travel across a dangerous and treacherous landscape full of prehistoric animals, including dinosaurs, as they struggle to survive.
Try our other one 65 interviews:
- Ariana Greenblatt
- Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
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