Although the new commercial doesn’t exactly contain much new footage, are fans really going to pass up a chance to watch the “Star Wars” alum run shirtless along a beach? We didn’t think so!
WATCH A Shirtless Adam Driver Turn Into A Centaur… Again!
The ad begins much the same way the first one did, with a shot of a horse on a beach that begins galloping through the water. Adam quickly runs after it, his arms pumping at his sides and his hair whipping back behind him as he speeds after the galloping horse barefoot through the sand.
As he reaches the surf, the video cuts to him swimming through the water before he slowly comes up beside the horse in the water. The camera cuts to the “Girls” alum spinning through the water before Adam can be heard saying, “It takes courage to embrace your extraordinary. Burberry HERO. The new Eau de Parfum.” The video ends with a fuzzy shot of Adam Driver as a centaur standing on the beach.
The FKA Twigs song “Two Weeks” plays in the background of the ad, with the lyrics, “I quench that thirst” playing over the beginning of the video. It’s worth noting that Twigs is also an ambassador for the brand.
In a press release, perfumer Aurélien Guichard said he took his inspiration for the scent from his memory of the Landes forest in southwestern France. “The scent of the pine needles melted with a trail of warm sand and sea-spray was the aroma I wanted to recreate,” Guichard said. “For me, the sensual and crystalised resins included in the fragrance represent the power of reconnecting with your natural instinct.”
Compare The New Burberry Ad To The 2021 Commercial
After the commercial went viral, the “Marriage Story” star sat down with Vogue to talk about what it was like preparing for the viral Burberry ad. He explained that the horse trainer they used to shoot the Burberry ad was actually the same horse trainer that Adam worked with when he filmed 2018’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”
“The Last Duel” actor revealed that “I’d done some things before with horses, and I’ve ridden, off and on, when I was a kid.” He added that although he had previously had “a couple of scares on a horse,” he had never experienced anything quite like this.
He said, in the first commercial, he was “wading in a body of water and having them charge at you and trying to get out of their way and grab their mane and ride them onto the shore.”
The 38-year-old actor added that “there were lots of horses because they can only run them so much. It’s like one horse and five of its clones. And they all have different personalities and temperaments, so that was just a thrill. One horse is more drunk than the other, and you have to adapt.”
Adam Driver Admits He ‘Underestimated How Physical It Would Be’
Does Burberry Hero smell like you to you?
“I don’t know. Yeah, I guess? [Laughs] That’s what I want everyone to come away with: When they spray it, it’s a piece of myself that they’re putting on their skin, & I’m just hanging on them all day long as they pet their horses”😂 https://t.co/GGzFosb8JC pic.twitter.com/oSFrMkXbGO
— Adam Driver Central (@adamdrivercentl) November 24, 2021
Adam Driver admitted that he didn’t treat the commercial any differently from a film role, explaining that he “underestimated how physical it would be.”
“Our first shot is a guy on an ATV and a camera, matching his pace to a horse’s pace to my pace, and we’re doing it in 30 minutes because we’re chasing the light,” he explained. “Every shot was ambitious and really exhausting but, hopefully, worth it.”
That being said, he refused to talk about the training he had to undergo for the commercial because he feels that “actors talking about training – I think – is one of the most boring things in the world.”
However, the married father-of-one did respond to a question asking if he kept up the exercise routine he followed while he was studying at Juilliard, which consisted of running five miles and completing one-hundred push-ups a day.
“Oh, f— no,” the “Paterson” star responded. “I don’t do that anymore because my body won’t allow it. My fitness is mostly based on the job. I just had to do something where I had to gain weight, so my work kind of dictates it. But I try to stay in shape. I kind of need it. For me, it’s…not therapy, necessarily, but I kind of need to move and exercise for sanity. I try to do something as much as possible.”
Adam Driver fans can see him next in Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise,” which is set to open the 2022 New York Film Festival.