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The Evolution Of Miles Teller

Noah Camarena |
October 16, 2014 | 8:37 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Miles Teller (Twitter/@InsurgentNY)
Miles Teller (Twitter/@InsurgentNY)
Miles Teller is quickly gaining steam as one of the biggest stars in all of Hollywood. Despite some questionable early career choices, Teller has had a very promising career that is starting to take off. 

Teller began his career with a handful of roles in short films before he got his shot on the big screen. His first role in a major motion picture was in a film called "Rabbit Hole." With this role, Teller quickly showed his range as an actor in such a dramatic work. Teller stars opposite Nicole Kidman in this drama about a woman who is grieving over the loss of her child. She befriends the character played by Teller, whom she does not know is the man who ran over her child. 

Teller’s next role was Willard Hewitt in the 2011 remake of "Footloose." Teller had played this role in his high school musical, so he was prepared for the big time. This role shows off Teller’s lighthearted boyhood charm that is much different than his first major role in Hollywood. 

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Now to one of Teller’s lowest moments in my eyes, attaching himself to "Project X." This movie is one of the worst movies I have ever seen and I just cringe when I imagine the moment that Teller accepts an Oscar or another big award and now "Project X" can say that it is associated with an Oscar winner. It just does not seem fair that such a terrible movie included a cameo from such a promising young star. However, this is not the only poor choice of his young career, the other will come later.

Teller began to gain critical praise for his work with his role in the film "The Spectacular Now." Teller stars in this romantic comedy-drama with Shailene Woodley. The film first premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where the two stars received the Special Jury Award for Acting. The movie was praised by critics such as Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper who both gave the film four out of four stars. Teller’s role in the film also started to gain him comparisons to John Cusack. It seemed as if Teller had finally found his niche in the industry; then came his biggest mistake.

"21 and Over" is a film about two friends who take out their buddy on his 21st birthday even though they know he has an important interview the next day. What ensues is a terrible film that follows stupid college age kids on unbelievable adventures through bars, hospitals and a sorority house. The whole film is extremely immature and it is hard to watch without imagining that the actors must have been paid quite a large chunk of money to be involved with such a film. Sadly, Miles Teller stars in this horrid movie and is a main contributor of its immaturity. If Teller ever reaches his potential, I hope that he burns every copy of this movie and people forget that it ever existed.

Teller continued his run of buddy comedies with his role in "That Awkward Moment" with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan. Teller appears to be in his natural habitat with these two friends of his. The film itself is not the best piece of cinema in the world but it is certainly not the worst. It seemed as if Teller just wanted to go to work everyday and hang out with his friends; it did not really matter how successful the movie was. 

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On a completely opposite note, Teller has admitted that business also plays a part in his movie decisions. In an interview with W., Teller said that he took a part in the movie "Divergent" because he knew it would be successful international and it would be his first movie to reach such a large audience. Teller is poised to reprise his role in the sequel "Insurgent" which will be released in 2015.

With Teller’s newest film, "Whiplash," he has shown audiences just how strong of an actor he can be. Teller stars as a young jazz drummer who attends a prestigious music school where he is pushed to his limits by his music instructor. The film as received rave reviews from various mediums. The film received not only the grand jury award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, but is also received the top audience award. The director of the film, Damien Chazelle, called Teller “the actor of his generation.”

Teller will be able to live up to that title with his plethora of big time roles in the near future. He is slated to star in the reboot "The Fantastic Four" in 2015 as Mr. Fantastic himself in what could be his biggest opportunity to shine yet. Other projects Teller has lined up include the musical "La La Land" with Emma Watson and it is rumored that he will play Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming Jim Belushi biopic.

Teller has a lot on his plate and he has the potential to be a largely successful actor. No matter what, he will be seen a lot in the next couple of years. I just hope he doesn’t ever do another movie about college kids drinking.

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