I realize that young actors don’t have a ton of leeway when it comes to turning down projects, so when one disses a movie that he or she has been a part of, I actually find it refreshing. Shia Labeouf thought Indy 4 was lame? You and everyone else, man. Miles Teller thought Divergent made him feel “dead inside?” I haven’t seen it, but sure, that seems plausible. The difference between Teller’s comments and Labeouf’s, or Mark Wahlberg’s about The Happening, or any number of actors dissing projects they were once a part of, is that Teller is still working on Divergent (and also has a punchable face, according to literally all of my readers).
Cue the backpedaling:
I refer to my sperm individually as “Peter’s Princesses.” Meanwhile, Teller’s publicist told The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
Hmm, I wonder if he said that for business reasons.
I don’t have strong opinions about Miles Teller one way or the other, though looking at that banner pic, I can definitely understand the face-punching thing. But if you ask me, he’s just a kid being honest about a film that isn’t really aimed at his demo anyway. His comment about how overeating and not working out to prepare for it was “the hardest thing he’s ever done” was much worse.
But moreover, I want to know what world publicists are living in where a transparently-canned apology makes up for what was obviously a genuine sentiment. Does anyone buy those mea culpas? I think it’s the same world where ESPN suspending Bill Simmons makes what he said go away. We’re living in a post-dick pic world here, people, stop pretending that we can’t see behind the curtain, or that there even is a curtain.