Esquire‘s latest piece on actor Miles Teller hasn’t done the 28-year-old any favors.
The article apparently paints such an unpleasant picture of Teller that his Fantastic Four co-stars have come forward on Twitter to vouch for his character, and Miles himself has lashed out at the magazine, Us Magazine reported.
“Couldn’t be more wrong,” he wrote. “I don’t think there’s anything cool or entertaining about being a d**k or an a**hole. Very misrepresenting”
Essentially, writer Anna Peele calls Miles “kind of a d**k.” Her headline alone sets the article off on the wrong foot: “Miles Teller Is Young, Talented, and Doesn’t Give a Rat’s A** What You Think; Our latest cover star is on a quest for greatness. Sometimes that can involve a bit of d**kishness too.”
Of course, Miles denies this characterization. But he doesn’t deny one thing — he’s kind of ugly, and pretty much everyone wonders why he’s a movie star.
“I was in one of these forums about a film I did, and it’s like, ‘This dude is so ugly! How does he get f**king parts?’ ‘Well, he’s not, like, traditionally handsome, but . . .’ And that’s kind of what it is. Maybe it’s because I came from a small town, but I always did well for myself.”
In other words, he’s small town cute, but not Hollywood cute. And in addition to choosing some anecdotes about Teller that put the actor in a poor light, Peele also seemed to agree with and emphasize Miles’ less-than-perfect face, giving him a sideways insult by calling him “attainable” and acting surprised that he’s managed to secure a hot girlfriend.
“The nose is crooked, the eyelids fleshy, the chin soft, the cheeks mottled with flush. He’s right—he has good hair, thick and cowlicked and widow’s-peaked. He’s tall and solidly muscled, with a nice tan … He’s appealingly attainable, a good-looking guy who shouldn’t know he’s good-looking, who should believe the commenters, except that he dates a twenty-two-year-old model/aspiring swimsuit designer/professional girlfriend who thinks Teller is attractive enough to have permanently monogrammed her perfect ass with his initials.”
But beyond this critical description of his appearance, the article also spends lots of time on Miles‘ admission that he ditched acting and extracurricular activities to focus on his heavy pot-smoking in college (and stopped when it was time to get serious about his career), an ill-advised rape joke about Uber and another bad joke about his penis and Marie Antoinette’s breast, USA Today added, and Teller’s texting temper tantrum to Whiplash director Damien Chazelle when he was denied a part.
Not only has Miles called out Esquire for misrepresenting him in the article, his co-stars Kate Mara and Jamie Bell have turned to Twitter to point out that Teller is a fine human being, Peele’s characterization notwithstanding, Entertainment Weekly added.
But apparently, Miles could care less what anyone thinks of him, though his very public outcry against the Esquire article suggests otherwise. However, the actor seems to have resigned himself to the fact that his fame has turned the spotlight not just on his acting career, but his personal life, as well. Teller learned that after he was caught dancing and apparently intoxicated.
“I can either censor myself or not, and you’re always trying to figure it out. It’s how you deal with the paparazzi. Do you not do what you would do? Do you live your life with all these filters and censors because everyone has a camera? Or do you f**king dance how you would dance and have people say, ‘Oh, he’s on drugs’? I was drinking. And was at a f**king Brett Dennen f**king concert.”
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