Adam Driver defends playing two famous Italians in House of Gucci and Ferrari: ‘It’s just kind of worked out that way’

  • The 40-year-old actor and San Diego native appeared on Jason Bateman and Will Arnett’s Smartless podcast where he opened up about taking on these roles 
  • The interview comes after his performance in Ferrari was slammed by both critics and movie-goers alike 
  • The actor and former Marine played Maurizio Gucci in 2021’s House of Gucci, and then took on the role of Enzo Ferrari in the biopic Ferrari 

Adam Driver is opening up about playing two famous Italians in his movies House of Gucci and his latest film, Ferrari.

The 40-year-old actor and San Diego native appeared on Jason Bateman and Will Arnett’s Smartless podcast, where he opened up about taking on these Italian roles.

The interview comes after his performance in Ferrari was slammed by both critics and movie-goers alike. 

The actor and former Marine played Maurizio Gucci in 2021’s House of Gucci, and then took on the role of Enzo Ferrari in the biopic Ferrari, which debuted last month.

While chatting with Bateman and Arnett, he admitted that taking on two Italian roles was not entirely strategic on his part.

Adam Driver is opening up about playing two famous Italians in his movies House of Gucci and his latest film, Ferrari

The actor and former Marine played Maurizio Gucci in 2021's House of Gucci

The actor and former Marine played Maurizio Gucci in 2021’s House of Gucci

He then took on the role of Enzo Ferrari in the biopic Ferrari, which debuted last month

He then took on the role of Enzo Ferrari in the biopic Ferrari, which debuted last month

He admitted that taking on those roles were, ‘a good example of not being strategic in a way that I probably should.’

‘So many people have been like, “How many Italians — ?” I’m like, it’s just kind of worked out that way’ the actor said.

He joked that someone on his team probably should have warned him that, ‘it’s going to come up a lot.’

‘But I’m like, you know, it’s Ridley [Scott] and it’s Michael [Mann] and they’re in my mind some of the best filmmakers. Who gives a s**t that it was two Italians back to back?’

He also joked that he’s, ‘probably’ done playing Italian roles, after realizing how much he was asked about it in interviews. 

‘I’m surprised how much it comes up. It’s like, “You have a thing,” and I’m like, “It’s two! It’s two Italians!” It’s just two,’ Adam added.

He added that playing Gucci before Ferrari was, ‘less to do with Italy, although I like it.’

He admitted, ‘It’s more about Ridley Scott and Michael Mann and the projects themselves. Italy is not the first thing on my mind.’

Driver’s latest film Ferrari received a 7-minute-30-second standing ovation upon its world premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.

He admitted that taking on those roles were, 'a good example of not being strategic in a way that I probably should'

He admitted that taking on those roles were, ‘a good example of not being strategic in a way that I probably should’

He joked that someone on his team probably should have warned him that, 'it’s going to come up a lot'

He joked that someone on his team probably should have warned him that, ‘it’s going to come up a lot’

The film has largely received positive reviews from critics with a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though some critics and many fans have bashed his Italian accent.

Adam Driver with an Italian accent sounds so funny I can’t take him seriously,’ while another cinema-goer posted: ‘I need whoever approved Adam Driver and Shailene Woodley’s Italian accent to be fired expeditiously’

Another amused viewer posted: ‘The Adam Driver Italian accent in the Ferrari movie is hilarious.’

While someone else wrote: ‘It’s very funny that some of our greatest living directors look at Adam Driver and go “I am going to cast you as a guy with a cartoonishly Italian accent”. I guess he kind of is the Al Pacino of this generation, who kept getting cast as a Cuban guy in the 80s.’

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