It’s been an excruciatingly slow news week in the pop-culture world ahead of the release of Fantastic Four, a movie that everyone knows is bad. The argument will invariably be over, “How bad is it?” Green Lantern bad? X-Men: The Last Stand bad? Or worse?
To his credit, Miles Teller at least created some excitement yesterday, after an Esquire interview came out that depicted him as a douchebag (although the interviewer, Anne Peele, was no less douchey).
Teller has since suggested that the Esquire piece misrepresented him, and he’s probably right, to a degree. Anne Peele clearly had an agenda, although some of those quotes are hard to “misinterpret.”
@esquire couldn't be more wrong. I don't think there's anything cool or entertaining about being a dick or an asshole. Very misrepresenting— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) August 5, 2015
Since the interview was published, a few of his Fantastic Four castmates have also come to his defense:
I have no doubt that these things are true: Miles Teller can be both a fantastic guy, an incredibly talented actor, and a bro-y dick. I know a lot of bro-y dicks! I’m friends with bro-y dicks! They would make terrible interviewees because they say stupid sh*t.
Miles Teller is like the Jennifer Lawrence of actors in that he has no filter; unfortunately, his unfiltered quotes aren’t as Internet friendly. Also, you should definitely not talk about your “cock” with your waitress, nor should you make rape jokes with people you barely know.
He’s a boasting, smarmy jackass.
But at least he’s interesting. That’s Cosmo’s take, anyway:
Miles Teller is on the cover of Esquire’s September issue, and the actor, who’s promoting his upcoming movie Fantastic Four, is getting backlash for acting like a “dick” in the accompanying interview. But Miles Teller is not acting like a dick. Miles Teller is acting like Miles Teller.
Read any other interview with the actor, and you’ll see that he’s always come off as slightly arrogant, bro-y, and hungover.
He’s 28. He’s riding on top of the world. He’s from backwoods Pennsylvania. Of course, he’s a dick.
I do wonder, however, if him being a “dick” is the reason why he was cut from Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s next film, the musical La La Land?Because he’d been signed. Chazelle and Teller seemed like a great team. And then Teller was informed by his agent that Chazelle had changed his mind.
From that same Esquire piece:
Teller gets a little nervous telling the story, tearing his dinner roll to shreds and claiming he doesn’t know what happened before deciding, whatever, “These are just facts.” He explains that he almost passed up the chance to be in Arms and the Dudes because it would have conflicted with La La Land. “And I got a call from my agent, saying, ‘Hey, I just got a call from Lionsgate. Damien told them that he no longer thinks you’re creatively right for the project. He’s moving on without you.’”
Ouch. You help a guy get his first feature film nominated for an Oscar, and all you get is a call from your agent? Hollywood is rough.
Maybe Chazelle shared the same opinion that Teller’s Whiplash co-star J.K. Simmons had about Teller.
“I would look at Miles — he’s such a slappable little bastard,” Simmons once remarked in complimenting Teller for inspiring him to be the monster he was in Whiplash.
All I know is, Hollywood needs a few dicks to keep it interesting. A world with only Chris Pratts and Jennifer Lawrences might get a little boring.