Miles Teller Denies Being a Bro, Talks 'Fantastic Four' Flopping: 'I Wouldn't Wish That on Another Movie'
By John Boone
Miles Teller acknowledges that last year's Fantastic Four "pleased very few" fans.
"If we do, I hope it comes together in a way that satisfies people," Mr. Fantastic himself tells Playboy of a potential sequel to 2015's critically maligned reboot. "You want to make the fans happy, but you can't please everyone. In our case, we pleased very few."
That said, Teller reveals he wasn't "starving" to be a superhero in the first place.
"A part of you is saying, 'I need to get a Marvel project; I need to be a superhero,' because you see all these actors you respect being put in that world," he explains. "I would not have wanted to be Spider-Man because I wouldn't want the whole thing riding on my shoulders. I enjoyed the ensemble element of Fantastic Four. I wouldn't wish what happened to us on another movie."
The 29-year-old actor also discusses his other controversy last year: an Esquire cover story that boasted he was "on a quest for greatness (with a bit of dickishness too)." At the time, Teller blasted the profile as "very misrepresenting," while his F4 co-stars came to his defense, calling him "a truly fantastic person."
"If somebody wants to do a hit piece, they'll do a hit piece. In that case, the Esquire reporter had her mind made up long before I showed up," he rebuffs during Playboy's 20Q. "What's frustrating is that she calls me an a**hole, and then because it's in a magazine, people say, 'Oh, he must be.' But I've had however many years of being myself, and I know the kind of person I am."
"You can read whatever or say whatever about me, but I care about doing interesting work," Teller adds, noting that he's not a "bro" just because he starred in 21 & Over and Project X. "I'm not in this for fame. I don't play the social media game. All I want to do is walk into a room with actors and collaborate."
As for not playing the social media game, the War Dogs star mentions some of the insults he's received from haters, claiming, "An anonymous person, which is 99 percent of the people on Twitter, can say my face looks like a foot or I'm Ted Cruz's doppelgänger. That doesn't affect me."
Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan recently chatted with ET about going from a Fantastic Four hero to the villain of Black Panther. Find out what he had to say in the video below.