He survived a car crash, misplaced two friends then noticed glory in the Oscar-winning Whiplash. Tim Lewis gratifies Miles Teller, whose success is shadowed by the reporting of dickishness

There are a few access you might know Miles Teller, a 29 -year-old actor who is pretty universally thought to be the future of Hollywood. For chin-stroking cineastes, he is the Whiplash teenager. That movie, which tells the story of a virtuoso jazz drummer and his sadistic orchestra president, was so out-of-the-blue bright that, after determining it, it would be difficult not to grow its personal publicist, imploring acquaintances, even strangers to see it. Acquired in 19 daylights, for simply$ 3 million, it triumphed three Oscars, though not for Teller.

For teenage readers, Teller is Peter, the much-needed comic aid in the wildly successful Divergent sequence, or Mr Fantastic in the much less successful 2015 reboot of the Fantastic Four .

And then, for cruisers of the Mail Online s Sidebar of Shame, Teller is clickbait notorious as a dick. This suggestion came from an American Esquire cover story that started viral last August. The section scorned his swaggering confidence and the path he talked about the actors he had in his spates: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix. It was a barbarian, career-jarring take-down and the contemporary world for you was forwarded around to many more beings than have ever seen Whiplash .

The question is: is Miles Teller the brand-new Ryan Gosling or even the next De Niro or Pacino? Or is he, excuse the bluntness, a dick? On a Saturday afternoon in August, Teller strides into a swanky hotel suite on the 39 th flooring thats just about see level with the cloud. He is in town to promote his new movie, War Dogs , directed against The Hangover s Todd Phillips, but he has shazzy blond “hairs-breadth” from a cinema hes currently shooting with Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly, about firefighters tackling a wildfire that feelings through Arizona in 2013.

The Teller story really begins in the summer of 2007, when, as a 20 -year-old Grateful Dead fan, he was passing home to Florida from a Deadhead festival called Gathering of the Vibes. His pal was behind the rotation, another was in the back seat, every inch of space was jammed with camping equipment. Then, at 80 mph, the car skidded, rushed three thoroughfares of commerce and threw eight experiences. Teller was knocked unconscious and woke up 30 ft from private vehicles, his look contained within blood.

The guy driving, he was fine, my buddy he was sleeping in the back, Teller recalls. I even had a bag of tomatoes “thats been” fine. Everything was penalty except for my face.

He giggles, though not with much interest. At research hospitals he was told he was actually pretty lucky: 99.9% of parties exhausted from a vehicle at that rush would be dead. They set his broken wrist and set 20 staples in his shoulder; his face would require innumerable laser surgeries, the genu also be useful for removing tattoos, to make the cuts, he says, abated in a certain path. The scars on his throat and kuki-chin still catch the eye and two stones remain in his face, embedded late in scar tissue.

When Teller first went to acting school, he used to parody that if his dog succumbed, that would be the most emotionally wrenching event hed had to endure in his life. He comes from a stable, well-to-do house: his father was an engineer on a nuclear-power plant; his mother sold real estate. He grew up mostly in a small town in Florida with a modest claim to glory as the manatee capital of the world. He was effortlessly strong academically, and exceeded at athletics, especially baseball. He started acting because his drama teacher was pretty hot, and landed a place at New York Universitys prestigious Tisch School. Then the crash.

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Changing up on screen: with Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, his first big break. Image: Blossom Films/ Sportsphoto Ltd ./ Allstar

I get in my vehicle coincidence at 20, that was in August, says Teller, sucking on an e-cigarette. Then February that next year, I moved 21 and seven of my best friends from Florida operated up for my birthday. Then in June, one of those guys, Nick, passed away in a motorcycle accident: a car loped a stop mansion and T-boned him. I was at the hospital, he was on life foundation, they plucked the plug the next day. A month after that, one my closest sidekicks, my buddy Beau, passed away, again a car accident. And I was actually sitting next to Beau at Nicks funeral. So at my 21 st birthday, seven of my friends are there, five months ago, two of them are gone.

Teller narrates these experiences without histrionics, but the really incongruous side is that gondola accidents have subsequently been decisive in five movies in his short busines, perhaps most chillingly in Whiplash , where he is sideswiped, arrives belatedly for a key recital and then bleeds all over his drum gear. The control started with his breaking, 2010 s Rabbit Hole , where he played a boy who inadvertently lopes over and kills the son of a pair give full play to Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

When I was firstly auditioning for projects, theyd say, Miles is a good actor but it doesnt make sense for this persona to have scars, says Teller. But John Cameron Mitchell, the Rabbit Hole head, he loved it. He was like, Its your reputations secret! I remember him being like, Miles, I truly need you to think about your chum Beau right now. And this is in the middle of a take, and youre already as apprehensive as shit because youre working with Nicole Kidman and its your first movie and shes not talking to you because shes in character.

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With lover Keleigh Sperry. Photograph: Gary Gershoff/ WireImage

Isnt it harrowing to relive these experiences on camera? Itll clearly impact on me for the rest of my life for sure, Teller acknowledgments. Ive dealt with that shit. If Im in a movie and the people dealing with the deaths among his crony once they are overseas at war, or Im dealing with a guy now who lost 19 of his acquaintances all at once in this firefighter movie, it does give you a certain degree of actuality that, if you hadnt are going through it, you would have to imagine what it would be like. But patently if you went through it, you are closer to it than somebody who hasnt.

Tellers early vocation, Rabbit Hole excepted, did not clearly herald future greatness. He tended to be shed as a pal of the lead character; the quirky, cocky, fast-talking foil in mostly silly movies like 21& Over and Two Night Stand . But he presented uncommon profundity in the superior 2013 romantic slapstick, The Spectacular Now , sharing the Special Jury Award for Behaving at Sundance with his co-star, Shailene Woodley. Then came Whiplash . Teller had done some beating at school, in a faith choir and a band “ve called the” Mutes, but for once , no one could allege him of playing a version of himself. Andrew, his persona, was tortured and self-destructive, mercilessly hazed by a bully teacher( JK Simmons, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor ).

Im a somewhat light-hearted party, says Teller. So how Andrew carried himself physically, how he related to parties, his nature, all those concepts couldnt be further from me. But what I liked about that girl was the fact that he was an underdog, youd look right past him, but hes got the heart and the dedication as big as anyone.

Tellers favourite background was when Andrew accuses from behind the drums to flatten his tormentor. JK cracked a rib, he laughs. Im not proud of it, but after a guys slapping you and wailing at you for three weeks straight-out, its nice to finally as a persona, Im speaking! I always delved that scene because he exactly lastly snaps.

And at least Simmons can take comfort from his Academy Award. Teller exhales a plume of smoking, He owes me one, for sure.

The sense that Teller goes by on attractivenes and witticisms still pervades. Todd Phillips, his director in War Dogs , says, I envisage Miles is a world-class actor. Its almost as if he doesnt “re trying”. I dont means that in a negative room; hes only naturally knack. Its amazing to watch.

When I read this compliment back to him, Teller squirms at the doesnt have to try proportion. Thats forestalling! he says. Its thwart when people say that because relevant actors greatest tool is his grooming and Ive ever felt like I do as much prep as anybody.

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His award-winning accomplishment in The Spectacular Now, with Brie Larson. Photograph: Allstar/ A24

War Dogs , though, is something of a deviation for Teller. The cinema tells the jaw-dropping genuine narrative of two stoner 20 -somethings from Florida who become arms suppliers for the American government. It set forth in 2007, and as conflicts rumble on in Iraq and Afghanistan, the friends one a high-school dropout, the other who not long before had been a massage healer triumph a $300 m contract to kit out the Afghan National Army. The deal does not exactly go to hope, which moves it rich comic country for Phillips, whose Hangover trilogy grossed more than $1.4 billion globally.

Jonah Hill pigs most of the best boundaries as Efraim, the charismatic, larger-than-life dropout, while Teller is more understated and morally compromised as David, the masseur-turned-gunrunner.

David came from Miami, who have not been able be more different from where I grew up, like the sticks in Florida, out in the timbers, says Teller. But in some ways we were in very similar circumstances at that age. Like he plays guitar, I play guitar. I inhaled a ton of potty, as did David. I dont know if Id have been able to go into meetings like David did. I did not do that shit when I was high. That was not my entertainment.

With his languid bringing and sleepy gazes, its not difficult to imagine Teller as a caner. I was smoking multiple times a day every day youre in theatre institution in New York, do it! he calls. But I slowed down on it and actually stopped for a while because my busines started leading and I didnt wishes to mess it up when I was high. If person transported me an email, I didnt want to respond and patently you cant do that shit.

But now things are going well, surely he can knock himself out? Yeah, he smiles, Im kind of easing back into it.

If Teller could have been forgiven for being crotchety with writers, post- Esquire , he isnt at least not today. He is participated, wry and opinionated, especially on gun control in the Position and mental health issues of soldiers returning from conflict. Weve known how to send people to crusade eternally, but we really dont know how to bring them back hitherto, he says, citing a statistic that there is still 22 veterans is suicide every day in the US. Hes clearly self-confident about his project, which could be interpreted as dickishness, but then he is an ambitious and versatile performer, as gifted as anyone in his age stray. Id also note that quotes that can read a little bald-pated in periodical are often more archly and winningly expressed in person.

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Playing a jazz drummer in Whiplash. Photo: Moviestore/ REX

Teller might behave bulletproof, but its obvious that the Esquire legend really stung him. Oh, I detected frickin helpless, I detected extremely misrepresented, I detected a little angry, he says, his spokesperson almost break. For the average person, they find themselves speaking this article, they havent fulfill you, theyre like, Oh Miles is an asshole. You didnt hear it? You didnt read that Esquire ? Yeah, she said he was an asshole he must be!

Id say that you get a little more guarded but Im actually not, he goes on. Certain times Ill opt my messages very carefully and perhaps come off a little more boring. But I also think thats why people certain people do relate to me: because there is no agenda, frankly. I was conjured middle-class in a small town. I have all my same pals from high school. Im close with my family. Im dating a normal girl. So I want to feel people conceive Im a soldier of the people. Because I feel that way.

The normal girl is a bit of a pull Keleigh Sperry, his lover of three years, is a example but the time accepts. Teller is compared to a lot of enormous actors; the one whom he calls to mind for me is Tom Hanks.

Hanks, very, started in lightweight slapsticks, before growing into more mature everyman-ish parts and advocacy: both men are outspoken on the debt they owe to the US armed. Tellers forthcoming roles a boxer who recovered from a busted neck suffered in yes, a vehicle accident; a soldier with PTSD; a hero firefighter; an Elvis Presley biopic down the line hint at the direction hes taking.

Times up; Teller has wildfires to put out. He smiles warmly, clasps my hand and goes to leave the area. At the door he stops and passes back: If I read this and you call me an asshole, Im going to be so pissed off.

War Dogs is out on 26 August

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