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Driver: Nothing intimidated me

Adam Driver has told how his military background helped him pursue his acting career.

The Star Wars: Episode VII actor joined the Marines at 18 but turned to performing after a broken sternum from a mountain biking accident ended his military career, going to Julliard instead of Iraq.

He revealed that when he was there he pursued acting with the dogged determination of a Marine.

"Suddenly, I wasn't intimidated by anything," said Adam, 30. "I thought that acting could be pretty simple.

"When I happened to get into school, I felt like I could approach it as aggressively as things in the military."

The Girls star has now become a highly sought after actor, showing off his diversity in films including ensemble comedy This Is Where I Leave You, Australian desert drama Tracks, generational comedy While We're Young and Saverio Costanzo's family drama Hungry Hearts, which won him best actor at the Venice Film Festival.

And as well as Star Wars: Episode VII, later this year he'll shoot Silence with Martin Scorsese.

"I think of who I was four years ago and I can't imagine that person now," said Adam, who married actress Joanne Tucker last year.

"Suddenly your kind of anonymity goes away. Your relationships around people change a little bit. You just calm down more. Your nerves calm down and suddenly your first impulse isn't anger. You hope it's rational thought."

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