Adam Driver, the actor who portrays the new Sith Kylo Ren in Star Wars, is a champion of the arts and has a charity foundation called AITAF, standing for Arts in the Armed Forces. Driver served in the United States Marine Corps before he became an actor.  


Because of his service and his fortune as actor, Driver is in a unique position to connect both worlds. The charity he created over a decade ago brings theatrical performances to all branches of the military and reaches thousands of soldiers. Often criticized for being "intense," Driver can offer biting commentary on the reality of making a motion picture.

Driver recently spoke to ​Vulture about his hesitancy to use his Star Wars fame to raise money for his charity. He feels "uncomfortable" with the relationship people have with him when courting him to give donations, finding that usually the donation is coupled with a request for a photograph with a child.


“'Yeah we’re interested in your mission but could you take a picture with my daughter? She’s a big Star Wars fan and if you do that I’ll give you $100,000,'" Driver suggested he's been asked. His integrity or reluctance to engage in that type of fundraising leads him to say that the charity would probably be better off if he wasn't at the helm. 

​​​Driver will return on screen to conclude the new Star Wars trilogy Dec. 2019.