Martin Scorsese surprises Adam Driver

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No, he didn’t jump out of a giant cake and sing happy birthday in a breathless Marilyn Monroe voice, but legendary director Martin Scorsese did make an appearance at a tribute to Adam Driver on Saturday night at the Telluride Film Festival, surprising the supreme leader.

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 went on to praise 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.