Adam Driver shocks audience at film festival after critic calls ‘Ferrari’ crash scene ‘cheesy’: ‘F–k you’

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By Dan Sears

Sometimes, it’s easier just to be blunt in the face of criticism.

An audience member at Poland’s Camerimage Film Festival told Adam Driver how he felt about the special effects for Driver’s upcoming film “Ferrari,” after the crowd was treated to a special screening followed by a Q&A with the actor on Sunday.

“What do you think about [the] crash scenes?” Driver was asked by the audience following the screening.

“They looked pretty harsh, drastic and, I must say, cheesy for me. What do you think?”

The 39-year-old actor did not hold back in his response to the criticism.

“F–k you. I don’t know? Next question,” the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star bluntly responded.

An audible gasp from the crowd filled the screening room from Driver’s nonchalant, profane response, followed by the sound of tense laughter from stunned audience members.

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The Marine Corps veteran turned performer was honored with the Special EnergaCAMERIMAGE Award for an Actor during the festival.

The “Marriage Story” star also introduced “Ferrari” as an entry in the Camerimage Main Competition, according to Variety.

The audience member who viewed the film asked Driver what he thought of the crash scene after he believed it was “cheesy.”
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Driver’s upcoming film ‘Ferrari’ is directed by Michael Mann.
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Driver — also an executive producer for the film — plays the legendary Italian race car driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari in director Michael Mann’s biographical drama.

Set during the summer of 1957 as the Ferrari company nears bankruptcy, it follows Enzo’s journey of competing in the iconic Mille Miglia, an open-road motorsport race stretching 1,000 miles across Italy’s treacherous terrain while struggling with the death of his son.

In the film’s first teaser, released in August, Driver looked unrecognizable as the 59-year-old Italian sports car entrepreneur, sporting slicked-back gray hair and sunglasses.

Italian film producer Andrea Iervolino told Top Gear the film resembled a James Bond movie.

Driver as Italian race car driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari.
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“Adam Driver plays Enzo and he’s done an amazing job,” Iervolino said of the “House of Gucci” actor.

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Penélope Cruz, Patrick Dempsey, Gabriel Leone, Sarah Gordon, and Jack O’Connell also star in the film, which Troy Kennedy Martin scripted.

The movie is based on Brock Yates’ 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine.”

The four-time Emmy-nominated actor has been on a months-long press tour to promote “Ferrari.”

Driver and Penélope Cruz attend the red carpet for “Ferrari” during the 61st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on Oct. 13, 2023, in New York City.
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The movie is based on Brock Yates’ 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine.”
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The film, which debuted at the Venice International Film Festival in August, received a six-minute standing ovation following the screening, according to Variety.

This isn’t the first time movie-goers have seen Driver in the racing world: he recently appeared at the 2023 Indy 500 and starred in the 2017 comedy “Logan Lucky,” set during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Though Driver’s response may seem harsh to some, many across social media who saw the video praised the two-time Academy Award nominee for letting the critic know how he felt.

“My man,” ‘Knives Out’ director Rian Johnson posted on X. 

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“This rules,” Barstool Sports podcaster Robbie Fox shared.

“Iconic. He really is Harrison Ford’s fake son,” Youtuber Kyle Katarn wrote.

“Normalize this response to stupid Q&A questions,” wrote X user @CinemaJoe.

‘Ferrari’ races into theaters on Christmas day.

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