Miles Teller Still Reeling From Backlash After ‘Esquire’ ‘Hit Piece’

Miles Teller is still reeling from the bad press he received after a series of comments that were made about his character. It all came to a head in 2015, when Teller was profiled in Esquire and, as it turned out, didn’t come off well in the interview.

The Esquire headline screamed out the tone of the profile piece, as it introduced Teller as “Miles Teller Is Young, Talented, and Doesn’t Give a Rat’s A** What You Think,” but nothing could prepare the reader to the rabbit hole of quotes given by Miles Teller. That said, the subheader definitely tries to prepare the reader for what it’s like to sit down with the up and coming actor for a meal.

“Our latest cover star is on a quest for greatness. Sometimes that can involve a bit of d—ishness too.”

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— Richens (@RichensTweets) August 18, 2016

Some of the gems unveiled include the following quote.

“I don’t give a s–t. 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—ing dance how you would dance and have people say, ‘Oh, he’s on drugs’? I was drinking and was at a f—ing Brett Dennen f—ing concert.”

Of his hair and how he brought it up in several other interviews, Teller told the journalist, “I was thinking about that today, how I probably think I’m better-looking than the public thinks I am.”

And that was after he compared his penis to a high ball glass. He also went on to refer to Joaquin Phoenix as “Joaq” despite not knowing him personally and allegedly made the journalist cut his pork for him at dinner.

As the Inquisitr reported, when the article first came out, Miles took to Twitter to defend himself, stating that the feature “couldn’t be more wrong. I don’t think there’s anything cool or entertaining about being a d**k or an a*****e. Very misrepresenting.”

While Teller refuted the way he was portrayed in the Esquire feature right after it was published, due to the viral nature of the piece, a year later, it sounds like it still bothers the actor.

Teller labels the whole thing as a “hit piece” on his character. The 29-year-old actor, who’s promoting his new film with Jonah Hill, War Dogs, told Playboy magazine for its September issue that the whole experience soured him on interviews and he’s more guarded “in a way.”

“There are not that many checks and balances with print,” he said.

“In that case, or in any case, they can paint you, however they want to paint you. For an actor, if they’re looking at your work, they’re seeing it two years after you did it. But I’ve got these movies coming out that totally contradict your image of me. You don’t even know what I’m working on now.”

Teller went on to say that it was a frustrating process when the article went viral.

“If somebody wants to do a hit piece, they’ll do a hit piece. In that case, the Esquire reporter had her mind made up long before I showed up. What’s frustrating is that she calls me an a*****e, and then because it’s in a magazine, people say, ‘Oh, he must be.'”

What do you think of Miles’ comments a year after his Esquire piece?

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