Actor Miles Teller has made a name for himself in the world of indie films, but he told W Magazine that he felt “dead inside” while filming the blockbuster film Divergent. “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 revealed.
The phone conversation led him to the role as a talented drummer in the film Whiplash, which received rave reviews at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Miles, who is also set to play Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, said the director wanted him “pale and doughy” for the role, which meant getting out of shape after filming Divergent. “This is the first movie where I shut myself off from the world,” Miles admitted. “It was, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
Miles’ rep has already made a statement about his comments regarding Divergent. The statement, published in an article by The Hollywood Reporter, reads: “Accustomed to being more involved in the process of filmmaking, Miles regrets those words. He does value his relationship with Lionsgate and his participation in the franchise.”
Miles is returning to the Divergent franchise in the sequel Insurgent, due in theaters March 20, 2015. ~Kelly Townsend