Published: 11:09 PM, 09 September 2019
The movie received rave reviews last week at its world premiere in Venice –
– the same week that director Martin Scorsese chose to praise Driver, 35, as
“one of the best, if not the best, actors of his generation.”
Driver — best known to wider audiences as the villainous Kylo Ren in “Star
Wars” — has been widely tipped for Oscar glory for his portrayal of a
narcissistic New York theater director in his latest film.
Speaking exclusively to AFP on the red carpet at Toronto’s film festival,
Driver said the movie explores how a seemingly stable love can “transition,”
as his character’s wife moves to Los Angeles to pursue the acting career she
has long put on hold, taking their child with her.
“If you know someone where you’re in the room together and it’s second
nature, and suddenly that’s not there anymore, it can be a violent thing —
internally I mean, not physically violent,” said Driver.
“Where you lose love and you don’t know how to articulate it.”
The former US Marine-turned-TV star (“Girls”) has enjoyed a phenomenal rise
in recent years, working with directors such as Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”),
the Coen brothers (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and Scorsese (“Silence”).
Driver — whose own parents split when he was a child — said everyone in
the cast of “Marriage Story” had their own relationship with divorce to draw
on, “whether you’ve been divorced or you’re a child of divorce.”
“Marriage Story” is his fourth collaboration with arthouse favorite Noah
Baumbach, who wrote and directed the movie.
Baumbach came to prominence with 2005’s “The Squid and the Whale,” the
semi-autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with their parents’
He proposed “Marriage Story” to Johansson during her own divorce from
French businessman Romain Dauriac.
“We all take stuff that’s personal to us,” Baumbach told AFP, adding: “You
see the actors doing that — they’re clearly revealing very personal
The movie has been praised by Variety as an “exquisite combination of love
and heartbreak,” and by the Guardian as an “agonized, jagged remake of
‘Kramer vs Kramer’.”
It will be available on Netflix from December 6, after a month-long US
theatrical run that ensures it will be eligible for Academy Award