Miles Teller is quickly becoming one of the breakout stars of his generation. After small but key roles in Footloose and Project X, Teller showed his range and talent in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash, which led to being cast in big studio films like Divergent, Joshua Trank’s Fantastic Four, and Todd Phillips’ Arms and the Dudes alongside Jonah Hill.
While some actors might be content landing these great roles, Teller is not resting on his success. Just the other day he signed on to produce and star in Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the Josh Dean article The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, which tells the story of a group of bank robbers who perpetrated crimes without ever having to fire their guns. Gangster Squad and Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer will direct, and Scott Stuber (Ted 2) will produce.
This morning at SXSW in Austin I sat down with Miles Teller for an extended video interview. During our wide ranging conversation he talked about making The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Shailene Woodley’s work ethic, how Kate Winslet has a “dirty mouth,” Fantastic Four and if he will be coming to Comic-Con this summer, the crazy true story of this gang of bank robbers called The Stopwatch Gang, what he did to get into character for Ben Younger’s Bleed for This, SXSW, and more.
Here’s the interview followed by a time index to provide an overview of the conversation.
- Was it a tough sell to come to SXSW?
- What is it like being part of these huge projects and winning the actors lottery?
- Talks about the incredible cast he got to work with on Insurgent.
- How Shailene Woodley likes to gives hugs and her work ethic.
- How Kate Winslet has a “dirty mouth” and talks about getting to work with her.
- How he just signed on to produce his first movie, how it came about and the crazy true story of this gang of bank robbers called The Stopwatch Gang.
- Could he call people for a role and just skip having to go through agents?
- Has he seen Bleed for This yet? Talks about what he did to prepare for the role.
- Does he want to start spending more time in the editing room?
- Does he feel like he can start talking more about Fantastic Four now that images and info have been released?
- How Joshua Trank said the film has a Cronenberg influence.
- Is he going to Comic-Con for Fantastic Four?