Miles Teller, who will play Mister Fantastic aka Reed Richards in the “Fantastic Four” reboot, recently slammed his role in the young adult dystopian drama “Divergent.”
The star of the Sundance Film Festival contender “Whiplash” shared his strong controversial comments with W Magazine.
“When I first read Whiplash , I was feeling dead inside.
I didn’t have an interesting part (in Divergent ), and I’d taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience.
I called my agent and said, ‘This sucks.’ He told me about Whiplash .” “Whiplash” is a stark contrast, as he stands to be in awards contention for his role as a drummer.
He also had to make physical sacrifices, as he shares: “Damien Chazelle, the director of Whiplash, told me, ‘Stop working out! Don’t go outside!’ He wanted me pale and doughy.
This is the first movie where I shut myself off from the world.
It was, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” He also spoke to Vulture about “Fantastic Four.” Are they worried about comic book movie saturation? “At the end of the day, it depends on the product.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a really fresh take on it, I think people responded to that.
In terms of where we are in the schedule, we’re playing the same weekend they were playing.
But it’s a big summer: You’ve got Avengers , and my buddy [Whiplash co-star J.K.
Simmons] is in Terminator , and you got Jurassic World .
There’s a ton of movies out there, so if people have an appetite for it, they’ll see a couple, and if not, maybe they’ll just see one.” Comparing the new Fantastic Four with the old series, it’s more realistic: “It’s different in every way.
All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places.
The tone of this film is completely different: We don’t have Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into – X-Men: First Class is doing that.
You’re dealing with these characters but you’re making them real people in how they exist day-to-day.
People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy , kitschy, overly comic-book world.”