Miles Teller, star of Whiplash and the upcoming Fantastic Four, is on the cover of Esquire for September, and just so you know his interview is incredible. Here are the weirdest, most fantastic tidbits:
1. He has a tattoo honoring beer:
"[Miles] is wearing a pool-blue V-neck that shows off the Roman-numeral tattoo on his arm, a reference to the thirty-two-ounce beers his high school friends were forced to buy because forties were not available in Florida. He explains that everyone in the '32 Crew' got this tattoo after a night at the High Octane Saloon from a man they bribed out of bed at 2:00 a.m. to needle crooked X's and I's onto their biceps."
2. He's got jokes:
"You're sitting across from Miles Teller at the Luminary restaurant in Atlanta and trying to figure out if he's a dick.
You've just told him, by way of making conversation, that according to legend the champagne coupe in your hand is shaped like Marie Antoinette's left breast, and he tells you the highball glass is modeled after his cock. Then he tells the waitress the same thing."
3. He's super confident about his looks:
"I was thinking about that today, how I probably think I'm better-looking than the public thinks I am... 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 fucking 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."
5. He smoked a lot in college:
"I used to get this milk tea in college at the Asian market M2M when I was high... It was five bucks. Me and my buddies prided ourselves. We were like, 'Nobody smokes this much pot. I guarantee you can ask anyone in this dorm, man . . . we smoke a lot.' I didn't do a single play when I was in college, because all I wanted to do was smoke pot."
6. He sent a direct message to Kobe Bryant over Twitter:
"[Miles] recounts a direct message he—a twenty-eight-year-old actor still trying to find his place in his profession—sent to five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant through Twitter: Kobe, watched your Showtime documentary. Really related to what you're talking about and striving for greatness and how it can oftentimes be an isolated journey, and how relationships can be a weakness in a way, if you're really kind of going after it."
7. And he calls Joaquin Phoenix, "Joaq":
"But if I'm really homing in on the dramatic performance right now, it's probably Christian Bale or it's Joaq... I just said Joaq. Joaquin Phoenix. I don't know him, but my publicist has repped him since he was, like, seventeen. She repped River, too. So I just hear his name."