The cast and crew members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens aren’t allowed to say much about the highly anticipated sequel, and they rarely stray from Disney-approved talking points.
That makes it all the more amusing to see Adam Driver, who plays the villainous Kylo Ren, emphatically state that the new movie will outdo the much-maligned prequels of the late ’90s and 2000s.
He does so during a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment from a Vice News video chronicling his work with Arts in the Armed Forces, a nonprofit he co-founded to bring thought-provoking theater to American military personnel. (Driver is a former Marine.)
While chatting with some soldiers deployed in the Middle East, Driver is asked to spill some secrets about The Force Awakens. “Man, I can’t say anything,” Driver demurs. “I wish I could.”
But when pressed whether the movie will be “better than the prequels,” Driver looks at the camera mischievously and jokingly obscures the lens. “Oh yeah,” he says. “F‑‑‑ yeah! Yeah, yeah.”
Elsewhere in the video, Driver talks about how theater helped him readjust to civilian life after his time in the Marines.
“When I got out of the military, I thought my transition from the military life to civilian life would be pretty simple,” Driver says. “I was quick to learn that that was not the case. Putting words to feelings for the first time, I was making the human connection of being in the military through theater, and in doing so I felt less alone.”
For more from Driver, including a glimpse of what he would have looked like if he starred in The Hurt Locker, watch the video above. (The Star Wars moment comes at the 24:24 mark.)