With his playful swagger and approachable nature, Miles Teller has always come off as one of young Hollywood's most accessible stars. He's been, in a sense, the anti-Taylor Lautner — a regular guy who never seemed all that preoccupied with his public image.
Until this week, that is, when he sunk his teeth into — or at least took a little nip out of — the popular "Divergent" franchise in which he stars. In a W magazine interview published Tuesday, Teller said working on the Veronica Roth adaptation had made him feel "dead inside."
When reached by The Times on Wednesday, Teller explained what happened. He said his remarks were in response to a question about why he had taken "such a small part [in 'Divergent'] after playing the lead in several films."
When he spoke of the "business," he said he was referring to things like working with costar Shailene Woodley, playing a villain, and participating in a movie that would translate internationally. "Those were the 'business reasons' which every actor weighs; it's not just the size of the part.
"And if I said 'dead inside,'" he added, "I meant just burnt out and fatigued from doing my first big-budget lengthy shoot and four months was a long time and I just wanted to relax afterwards."
So was it entirely smart, in the short term, for Teller to diss "Divergent"? Maybe not. I'm sure his team jumped on him to apologize the instant his remarks hit the Web. And I can understand why he did. But there's still a part of me that wishes he'd stuck to his guns -- not just for our sake, but for his.