He survived a automobile accident, lost two friends then detected honour in the Oscar-winning Whiplash. Tim Lewis matches Miles Teller, whose success is shadowed by reports of dickishness

There are a few rooms 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 boy. That movie, which tells the story of a virtuoso jazz drummer and his sadistic orchestra commander, was so out-of-the-blue bright that, after encountering it, it was hard not to become its personal publicist, imploring sidekicks, even strangers to see it. Manufactured in 19 epoches, for only$ 3 million, it acquired three Oscars, though not for Teller.

For teenage readers, Teller is Peter, the much-needed comic comfort in the wildly successful Divergent succession, 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 went viral last-place August. The section mocked his swagger confidence and the route 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 modern world for you was sent around to many more people than have ever seen Whiplash .

The question is: is Miles Teller the 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 inn suite on the 39 th floor thats just about eye level with the clouds. He is in town to promote his new movie, War Dogs , directed against The Hangover s Todd Phillips, but he has shazzy blond whisker from a cinema hes currently hitting with Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly, about firefighters tackling a wildfire that raged through Arizona in 2013.

The Teller story actually begins in the summer of 2007, when, as a 20 -year-old Grateful Dead fan, he was wandering dwelling to Florida from a Deadhead festival announced Gathering of the Vibes. His sidekick was behind the pedal, another was in the back seat, every inch of infinite was jammed with camping paraphernalium. Then, at 80 mph, the car skidded, rushed three thoroughfares of congestion and threw eight occasions. 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 recollects. I even had a bag of tomatoes that were fine. Everything was penalty except for my face.

He laughs, though not with much fervor. At research hospitals he was told he was actually pretty lucky: 99.9% of people spewed from a auto at that quicken would be dead. They secured his broken wrist and made 20 staples in his shoulder; his appearance would require countless laser surgeries, the genu too used for removing tattoos, to make the cuts, he says, relieved in any particular road. The scars on his throat and chin still catch the eye and two boulders remain in his look, embedded late in scar tissue.

When Teller first went to acting institution, he used to prank that if his hound croaked, that would be the most emotionally wrenching know hed had to endure in their own lives. He comes from a stable, well-to-do pedigree: his father was an designer on a nuclear-power plant; his mother sold real estate. He grew up mainly in a small town in Florida with a modest claim to popularity as the manatee capital of the world. He was effortlessly strong academically, and exceeded at boasts, specially baseball. He started behaving because his drama schoolteacher was pretty red-hot, and landed a plaza at New York Universitys prestigious Tisch School. Then the crash.

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

I got in my vehicle coincidence at 20, that was in August, says Teller, sucking on an e-cigarette. Then February that next year, I swerved 21 and seven of my best friends from Florida flew up for my birthday. Then in June, one of those guys, Nick, passed away in a motorcycle collision: a car guided a stop sign and T-boned him. I was at the hospital, he was on life backing, they attracted the plug the next day. A month after that, one my closest pals, my buddy Beau, passed away, again road accidents. 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 later, two of them are gone.

Teller narrates these experiences without histrionics, but the really incongruous area is that auto crashes have subsequently been pivotal in five movies in his short job, perhaps most chillingly in Whiplash , where he is sideswiped, arrives late for a key recital and then bleeds all over his drum paraphernalium. The extend started with his transgres, 2010 s Rabbit Hole , where he played a adolescent who inadvertently leads over and kills the son of a couple played by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

When I was first auditioning for assignments, 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 references secret! I recollect him being like, Miles, I certainly need you to think about your friend Beau right now. And this is in the middle of a give, and youre already as nervous as shit because youre working with Nicole Kidman and its your first movie and shes not talking to you because shes in character.

With lover Keleigh Sperry. Photo: Gary Gershoff/ WireImage

Isnt it harrowing to relive these experiences on camera? Itll obviously impact on me for the rest of “peoples lives” for certain, Teller answers. Ive dealt with that shit. If Im in a movie and the guys dealing with the deaths among his buddy once they are overseas at war, or Im dealing with a person now who lost 19 of his sidekicks all at once in this firefighter movie, it does give you a certain stage of reality 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 occupation, Rabbit Hole excepted, did not clearly herald future greatness. He tended to be casting as a pal of the lead character; the quirky, cocky, fast-talking foil in mostly silly cinemas like 21& Over and Two Night Stand . But he indicated uncommon extent in the superior 2013 nostalgic comedy, The Spectacular Now , sharing the Special Jury Award for Playing at Sundance with his co-star, Shailene Woodley. Then came Whiplash . Teller had done some drum at school, in a church choir and a circle called the Mutes, but for once , no one could accuse him of playing a form of himself. Andrew, his reference, was tortured and self-destructive, mercilessly hazed by a bullying teach( JK Simmons, who prevailed an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor ).

Im a pretty light-hearted being, says Teller. So how Andrew carried himself physically, how he related to beings, his temperament, all those thoughts couldnt be further from me. But what I liked about that boy was the fact that he was an underdog, youd look right past him, but hes got the heart and the determination as big as anyone.

Tellers favourite vistum was when Andrew charges from behind the containers to flatten his tormentor. JK cracked a rib, he laughs. Im not proud of it, but after a guys slapping you and shrieking at you for three weeks straight-from-the-shoulder, its nice to finally as a reference, Im speaking! I always delved that scene because he precisely ultimately snaps.

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

The sense that Teller gets by on attractivenes and wisecracks still imbues. Todd Phillips, his director in War Dogs , says, I recall Miles is a world-class actor. Its almost as if he doesnt “re trying”. I dont mean that in a negative style; hes simply naturally endowed. Its amazing to watch.

When I read this compliment back to him, Teller writhes at the doesnt “re trying” fraction. Thats annoying! he says. Its frustrating when people say that because relevant actors greatest implement is his readying and Ive always felt like I do just as much prep as anybody.

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

War Dogs , though, is something of a leaving for Teller. The movie tells the jaw-dropping true narration of two stoner 20 -somethings from Florida who become arms suppliers for the US government. It is set 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 transaction does not exactly go to project, which sees it rich comic domain for Phillips, whose Hangover trilogy grossed more than $1.4 billion globally.

Jonah Hill hogs most of the best pipelines as Efraim, the charismatic, larger-than-life dropout, while Teller is more understated and morally endangered 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 smoked a ton of pot, 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 eyes, its not hard to suppose Teller as a caner. I was inhaling multiple times a day every day youre in theatre school in New York, do it! he exclaims. But I slowed down on it and truly stopped for a while because my busines started starting and I didnt want to mess it up when I was high. If person mailed me an email, I didnt want to respond and apparently you cant do that shit.

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

If Teller could have been forgiven for being crotchety with reporters, post- Esquire , he isnt at least not today. He is employed, wry and opinionated, especially on gun control in the Country and the mental health of soldiers recalling from war. Weve known how to send guys to crusade eternally, but we really dont has been able to “re coming back” yet, he says, citing a statistic that there are 22 veterans is suicide every day in the US. Hes clearly self-confident about his make, which could be interpreted as dickishness, but then he is an ambitious and versatile performer, as gifted as anyone in his age range. Id likewise note that paraphrases that can read a little bald-headed in periodical are often more archly and winningly expressed in person.

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

Teller might behave bulletproof, but its obvious that the Esquire narration certainly stung him. Oh, I find frickin helpless, I experienced highly misinterpreted, I detected a bit indignant, he says, his expression virtually cracking. For the average person, they are speaking this article, they havent assemble you, theyre like, Oh Miles is an asshole. You didnt hear it? You didnt speak 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 choose my words 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 schedule, honestly. I was promoted middle-class in a small town. I have all my same friends from high school. Im close with my family. Im dating a normal daughter. So I want to feel beings envision Im a gentleman of the people. Because I feel that way.

The ordinary girl is a bit of a strain Keleigh Sperry, his girlfriend of three years, is a simulation but the spot sits. Teller is to report to a lot of great actors; the one whom he calls to mind for me is Tom Hanks.

Hanks, more, beginning in lightweight comedies, before growing into more mature everyman-ish parts and advocacy: both men are outspoken on its external debt they owe to the US military. Tellers forthcoming roles a boxer who recovered from a separated cervix suffer under 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 hands and goes to leave the room. At the door he stops and returns 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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