Miles Teller Fires Back at Esquire: Cover Story "Very Misrepresenting"
The interview also saw the 'Fantastic Four' actor discuss his facial scars and beer-inspired tattoo.
Miles Teller is firing back at Esquire magazine over a cover story and interview that represents him as a "dick."
The actor tweeted on Wednesday afternoon in response to Esquire's "Miles Teller is on a quest for greatness (with a bit of dickishness too)" story promotion. He responded: "@esquire couldn't be more wrong. I don't think there's anything cool or entertaining about being a dick or an asshole. Very misrepresenting."
Throughout the piece, Esquire alludes to Teller's "dickishness," the lead of the article beginning with, "You're sitting across from Miles Teller at the Luminary restaurant in Atlanta and trying to figure out if he's a dick." The concluding sentence states, "He gives you a hug and goes off to contribute to the cache or catalog or canon or whatever the f— you call it and charm the world with his dickishness."
@esquire couldn't be more wrong. I don't think there's anything cool or entertaining about being a dick or an asshole. Very misrepresenting— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) August 5, 2015
Teller's Fantastic Four co-stars — Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell — also took to Twitter to defend him. Jordan called him "my boy," Mara praised him as "crazy talented and a truly fantastic person" and Bell wrote that he's "a great actor & a great guy." Fantastic Four opened over the weekend to poor reviews and a lackluster $26.2 million at the domestic box office.
The magazine interview begins with a description of the Fantastic Four actor's Roman-numeral tattoo, which is a reference to the time he and his high school friends had to purchase 32 ounce beers because 40 ounce cans were unavailable in Florida. Teller said his "32 Crew" friends bribed a man out of his 2 a.m. slumber to tattoo the actor and his pals with XXXII.
In between jokes and comparisons of his private parts to the molding of the restaurant's highball glass, Teller, who starred in the 2014 best picture Oscar-nominated film Whiplash, admitted to thinking he's better-looking than the public might believe he is.
"I was thinking about that today, how I probably think I'm better-looking than the public thinks I am," Teller said about his appearance. "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—ing 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."
Teller touched on his facial scars (chin, cheek and neck), which were a result of a car accident in 2007 that he blames as the reason he has no college friends.
"My junior-year roommate from NYU was the guy driving my car when we got in the accident. And it was an accident. I never blamed him. I got a lot of laser surgery on my face, like what they use for getting rid of tattoos. Like, very painful. But I never wanted him to feel bad, so I never made anything out of it, ever," Teller explained.
On Tuesday, Teller proved he had a sense of humor about the recent events by tweeting, "And I thought I was having a bad week @nyjets." His tweet is a reference to Jets quarterback Geno Smith getting punched by a teammate Tuesday, which will sideline the player for six to ten weeks.
And I thought I was having a bad week @nyjets— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) August 11, 2015
Aug. 5 at 11:50 p.m. Updated with Teller's co-stars' tweets.
Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. Updated with Teller's Jets tweet.