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March 17, 2014

Mishawaka native making his mark on Hollywood

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Take the kid out of Mishawaka.

Put him in a hit cable TV series on HBO. An Oscar-winning movie. In Rolling Stone, Interview, Variety and a host of other magazines. And on household tongues across the country as probably the next "Star Wars" arch-villain. Transplant him to Brooklyn, New York City, marry him to an actress, and watch him stroll the red carpet in Hollywood for the Golden Globe Awards.

But take the Mishawaka out of Adam Driver?

Not happening.

"He doesn't want us watching 'Girls'," says Driver's stepfather, the Rev. Rodney G. Wright, minister of Immanuel Baptist Church in Mishawaka who raised Driver with his mother, Nancy Needham Wright.

The HBO series in which Driver nails the character of a Bohemian-type weirdo who plods his way through a series of sexual blunders with his equally clumsy girlfriend is too uncomfortable for the folks back home in Indiana. After all, mom raised Driver with certain Midwestern Bible school values in a church where he sang in the choir.

"I don't agree with everything that he does," Wright tells the South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/1hrMEDD ), "but I agree with his work ethic. He's out there, and he works, and he works. He goes after things, (and) he does anything his agent tells him to do -- if he can without (jobs) overlapping. So he's doing real well."

So well, the 30-year-old Driver's bit part in the movie "Lincoln" had both parents beaming, while hot Hollywood buzz over reports that their son is on tap to be the next Darth Vader-like villain in "Star Wars VII" has the Wrights giddy with anticipation.

"It is unbelievable sometimes," Wright says, "when we go to the screen, the big screen, and he's on it."

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