Adam Driver, Ferrari
VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Adam Driver attends a red carpet for the movie “Ferrari” at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Adam Driver, Hollywood’s brooding hero and occasional lightsaber-wielder, recently added a new skill to his resume: no-nonsense film critic silencer. At Poland’s Camerimage Film Festival, Driver, doubling as lead star Enzo Ferrari and executive producer in Michael Mann’s Ferrari faced an audience member who dared critique the movie’s crash scenes as harsh, drastic, and – the kicker – cheesy. Driver’s reply? As succinct as a green light at the Monaco Grand Prix.

“Fuck you. I don’t know.”

Ferrari the film where 1957’s financial crises and death-defying races blend like a well-oiled machine, stars a cast that reads like a Hollywood walk of fame: Penélope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, the “newly minted Sexiest Man Alive” Patrick Dempsey, and others. It’s a Mann’s world, but Driver steers the Ferrari.

Amidst all this, Richard Lawson from Vanity Fair chimed in, poetically describing the film’s vehicular voyages towards both triumph and, occasionally, “hideous calamity.” One crash scene, in particular, he notes, hits the audience with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

Meanwhile, Pierfrancesco Favino, the Italian watchdog of cultural appropriation, questioned why Driver, a non-Italian, was cast as the iconic Italian Ferrari. Favino’s gripe? Hollywood’s exotic accent fetish and its apparent disregard for authentic Italian flair. This isn’t the first time that Driver has been typecast in an Italian role: he played Maurizio Gucci alongside Lady Gaga in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci.

Driver, undeterred, also had a moment at the Venice Film Festival. In true Driver fashion, he candidly discussed promoting Ferrari amidst an actors’ strike, throwing shade at big studios and streamers for their reluctance to meet union demands. Driver’s point? If small fries like Neon and STX International can fulfil the “dream version” of SAG’s wishlist, why can’t the streaming giants?


In conclusion, Ferrari is set to race into theaters this Christmas, and if the buzz is anything to go by, it promises to be as electrifying as its namesake. Driver, meanwhile, continues to navigate the Hollywood race track with the grace of a man who clearly knows his way around both a script and a sharp retort. Buckle up, folks.