Driver, Adam: Scorsese Celebrates the Talented Actor at Telluride Fest Tribute

Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese made a surprise appearance at Adam Driver’s tribute on Saturday night at the Telluride Film Fest before the screening of his latest movie, Noah Baumbach’s  Marriage Story. (One of the highlights of the festival circuit this fall, including showings at Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Fest).

Photo: Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story.

Scorsese, who directed Driver in Silence opposite Andrew Garfield, was introduced to the stage, where he placed one of the festival’s Silver Medallions around the actor’s neck.

“What you see before you is a great actor, a great screen presence, whether it’s the HBO shows or whether it’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ or ‘Paterson,’” Scorsese said, before teasing, “Even the film we made.”

He praised Driver, as well as Garfield, for their dedication to their roles as 17th century Portuguese missionaries in “Silence.” Driver lost 51 pounds for the role. Scorsese recalled, “You and I think Andrew did the Spiritual Exercises of St. Francis Xavier to get into character and that itself is quite extraordinary.