It’s not fun to be called a d***. To your face, by your friends, sure it’s all for a bit of craic. But being called one in a celebrity profile for a highly subscribed publication is not cool.
Miles Teller, star of Whiplash and upcoming War Dogs, was described as someone who ‘really doesn’t give a s***’ and exudes ‘d***ishness’ in a profile article in Esquire published in September 2015.
The 29 year old actor addressed the article in an interview with The Guardian, saying he ‘felt extremely misrepresented.’
He explains: ‘Oh, I felt frickin’ helpless, I felt extremely misrepresented, I felt a little angry. For the average person, they are reading this article, they haven’t met you, they’re like, ‘Oh Miles is an asshole. You didn’t hear it? You didn’t read that Esquire? Yeah, she said he was an asshole – he must be!’’'
Teller, whose voice was described as ‘almost cracking’, went on to say: ‘I’d say that you get a little more guarded but I’m actually not. Certain times I’ll choose my words very carefully and maybe come off a little more boring.
‘But I also think that’s why people – certain people – do relate to me: because there is no agenda, honestly. I was raised middle-class in a small town. I have all my same friends from high school. I’m close with my family. I’m dating a normal girl. So I want to feel people think I’m a man of the people. Because I feel that way.’
Teller also responded to the article shortly after its publication, tweeting, ‘[Esquire] couldn’t be more wrong. I don’t think there’s anything cool or entertaining about being a dick or an a–hole. Very misrepresenting.’
His Fantastic Four co-stars Jamie Bell and Kate Mara also came to his defence saying he is ‘a great actor’ and ‘a truly fantastic person.’