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Miles Teller talks problems with Fantastic Four and auditioning for Han Solo

03.18.2016

I'd assume by now that everyone and their narcoleptic dog has a passing familiarity with the mess that was FANTASTIC FOUR. Fox's attempt to reboot the franchise with a promising new director and a new young cast didn't go nearly as well as they had hoped, and many people involved in the production have attempted to explain just what went wrong. Miles Teller, who played Reed Richards in the reboot, stopped by Josh Horowitz’s happysadconfused podcast (via Collider) recently and the topic of FANTASTIC FOUR was brought up. Miles Teller said that he didn't have any apprehensions signing up for FANTASTIC FOUR as he said that the director, producers, and cast were all solid in his eyes. However, as we know, things didn't go quite as planned.

People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, but you work harder because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and then what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes kind of a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented, and that's just the way it goes.

It's definitely not an unusual thing in the movie-making business, but the FANTASTIC FOUR script was frequently in a state of flux. When asked what the lesson would be for the next project, Miles Teller said that unfortunately no matter who you are, it's rare that the script is in the place that you want it to be from day one.

I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. So I would say, if they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, "Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel" or "Oh we’re gonna rewrite" and "Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes," if you’re in a position where you can say "hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it," then you’re in a very fortunate position. Because I know actors that have been in literally Oscar-nominated/Oscar-winning performances that told me the script was a struggle every day to get it to a place that [they] wanted it, and [they] were always fighting for the best version of it.

It's no secret that Miles Teller has auditioned, along with every other young male in Hollywood, for the role of Han Solo in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off which deals with the origin of the character; in fact, earlier this week he was one of several names included on the new short-list for the role alongside Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor, Taron Egerton, and Dave Franco. While he obviously couldn't give any details on his audition(s), he did reveal that he never actually got around to watching any of the original STAR WARS films until just last year. Grab your torches.

I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month before or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, "I should check this out" (laughs). It holds up and I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.

It's a little strange to encounter someone whose never seen STAR WARS in this day and age, but I suppose it's better late than never. Mile Teller's most recent project is THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLIGIANT, which hit theaters today and you can read a review from our own Chris Bumbray right here.

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9:25PM on 04/18/2016
He makes a good point about working harder on bad movies. The reality is, 90% of everyone who works on a movie has no control over its quality. And the few who do, their windows of opportunity to make an improvement are so fleeting, they often don't realize when it happens until it's too late.
He makes a good point about working harder on bad movies. The reality is, 90% of everyone who works on a movie has no control over its quality. And the few who do, their windows of opportunity to make an improvement are so fleeting, they often don't realize when it happens until it's too late.
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2:52AM on 03/21/2016
Fuck this ass hat !!! He can't hold Solo's jock
Fuck this ass hat !!! He can't hold Solo's jock
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9:06PM on 03/20/2016
This guy is a doucebag! Fuck him
This guy is a doucebag! Fuck him
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3:25AM on 03/20/2016
Amazingly, I haven't gotten around to seeing FF (the kids opted to watch Ant Man again when we went to the cinema) so still don't know how bad it is (stayed away from the reviews) but having come across Teller for the first time in the first Divergent movie, may be it was the character he was playing, but I didn't take to him. Seen him only once more, in the second Divergent movie and his character isn't much better. I'm no expert but I suspect there's better choices out there for Solo than
Amazingly, I haven't gotten around to seeing FF (the kids opted to watch Ant Man again when we went to the cinema) so still don't know how bad it is (stayed away from the reviews) but having come across Teller for the first time in the first Divergent movie, may be it was the character he was playing, but I didn't take to him. Seen him only once more, in the second Divergent movie and his character isn't much better. I'm no expert but I suspect there's better choices out there for Solo than him.

On him not having seen Star Wars, I only ever got around to seeing the first Godfather about 5-10 years ago and have still not seen Reservoir Dogs - I guess it's possible to pass some classic movies by.
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2:18AM on 03/20/2016
He's not my first choice by a long shot, but seriously how do you manage not to see a star wars flick in the states for nearly 30 years. Does this guy live off the grid or something? This guy is a known actor in films and has somehow missed watching one of the most enduring franchises of all time. How!?
He's not my first choice by a long shot, but seriously how do you manage not to see a star wars flick in the states for nearly 30 years. Does this guy live off the grid or something? This guy is a known actor in films and has somehow missed watching one of the most enduring franchises of all time. How!?
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7:21PM on 03/19/2016
His comments about working harder on bad films are interesting and make total sense. That particular film sounded very hard to make.

As for not seeing Star Wars until the last minute, lighten up! Many actors of the MCU had never read any comic involving the character they were playing until after they were signed and they still gave good performances. You think Sir Anthony Hopkins read a lot of Thor comics? As long as the actor does his homeworks, it doesn't matter when he first saw the
His comments about working harder on bad films are interesting and make total sense. That particular film sounded very hard to make.

As for not seeing Star Wars until the last minute, lighten up! Many actors of the MCU had never read any comic involving the character they were playing until after they were signed and they still gave good performances. You think Sir Anthony Hopkins read a lot of Thor comics? As long as the actor does his homeworks, it doesn't matter when he first saw the film.

Whether Teller would make a good Han Solo is another matter entirely...
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11:06AM on 03/19/2016

Hell no for Solo! Hell no for Solo! Hell no for Solo!

Sorry, started my own chant. Frankly I don't think any of them are good choices when Anthony Ingruber is still out there. Egerton has the most appeal on that list, but the fact that Teller and Franco are on the short list gives me cause for concern.
Sorry, started my own chant. Frankly I don't think any of them are good choices when Anthony Ingruber is still out there. Egerton has the most appeal on that list, but the fact that Teller and Franco are on the short list gives me cause for concern.
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8:50PM on 03/20/2016
It's outrageous Ingruber wasn't even short listed. Yes, I know the complaints or concerns that he parodies or just mimics Ford but I personally would rather have that which creates the illusion of Ford than someone completely different both visually and acting wise.
It's outrageous Ingruber wasn't even short listed. Yes, I know the complaints or concerns that he parodies or just mimics Ford but I personally would rather have that which creates the illusion of Ford than someone completely different both visually and acting wise.
10:17AM on 03/19/2016
Honestly, I'd like whoever fills the role TO DO an imitation of Harrison Ford. I don't want them to make it their own because it's not theirs. Just my opinion. Watch the fucking movies.
Honestly, I'd like whoever fills the role TO DO an imitation of Harrison Ford. I don't want them to make it their own because it's not theirs. Just my opinion. Watch the fucking movies.
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9:34AM on 03/19/2016
It's crazy he's never seen Star Wars, but Johnny Depp never saw the original wonka. There's other examples. Now I don't think miles is right for this at all, but I do like the idea of the actor having not seen any of the Star Wars just so they aren't imitating ford and can make it their own thing
It's crazy he's never seen Star Wars, but Johnny Depp never saw the original wonka. There's other examples. Now I don't think miles is right for this at all, but I do like the idea of the actor having not seen any of the Star Wars just so they aren't imitating ford and can make it their own thing
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6:25PM on 03/19/2016
That method only applies to remakes. That's why it was OK for Johnny Depp but it's not for Miles: We're talking about a prequel.
That method only applies to remakes. That's why it was OK for Johnny Depp but it's not for Miles: We're talking about a prequel.
8:53PM on 03/20/2016
Problem is Ford has engrained himself in the role, his look and mannerisms are paramount to the character. Solo isn't like Bond. If they recast, the character needs to look and feel like Ford. IMHO.
Problem is Ford has engrained himself in the role, his look and mannerisms are paramount to the character. Solo isn't like Bond. If they recast, the character needs to look and feel like Ford. IMHO.
5:39AM on 03/19/2016
Well that's the guy who definitely shouldn't be Han Solo then. Can see it now his agent says "Hey Miles how about you audition to be Han Solo?" Miles replies "Who?"
Well that's the guy who definitely shouldn't be Han Solo then. Can see it now his agent says "Hey Miles how about you audition to be Han Solo?" Miles replies "Who?"
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5:20AM on 03/19/2016
Yah his douche level just rose a bit in my book. Not even a Star Wars fan and he want's to play Solo. It's like he expects to be given the role just because hes Miles Teller. Ass!
Yah his douche level just rose a bit in my book. Not even a Star Wars fan and he want's to play Solo. It's like he expects to be given the role just because hes Miles Teller. Ass!
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12:23AM on 03/19/2016

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He loves his brand? What an idiot...
He loves his brand? What an idiot...
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11:47PM on 03/18/2016
There is something flat and soulless about Teller that I can't take to. I think he's great for dramatic fare like Whiplash, which seems to suit his personality type (he's notoriously difficult to work with), but I think he's very poorly suited to hero roles.
There is something flat and soulless about Teller that I can't take to. I think he's great for dramatic fare like Whiplash, which seems to suit his personality type (he's notoriously difficult to work with), but I think he's very poorly suited to hero roles.
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10:58AM on 03/19/2016
This is exactly how I feel about him as an actor! Han Solo he is not!
This is exactly how I feel about him as an actor! Han Solo he is not!
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11:04PM on 03/18/2016

What a douche!

Hell no!!! If this movie has any chance it needs someone more enlightened than this idiot. Never saw Star Wars until he auditioned???? Didn't like him from the start being cast as Reed Richards, sure as hell aint going to accept him as Han Solo. Bad Idea, bad idea! Excuse me
while I go puke!
Hell no!!! If this movie has any chance it needs someone more enlightened than this idiot. Never saw Star Wars until he auditioned???? Didn't like him from the start being cast as Reed Richards, sure as hell aint going to accept him as Han Solo. Bad Idea, bad idea! Excuse me
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10:28PM on 03/18/2016
I might be in the minority, but I liked the Fantastic Four. I mean it definitely wasn't my favorite comic film but I liked what they did with the Mr. Fantastic character, and I thought Dr. Doom was pretty cool.
I might be in the minority, but I liked the Fantastic Four. I mean it definitely wasn't my favorite comic film but I liked what they did with the Mr. Fantastic character, and I thought Dr. Doom was pretty cool.
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11:52PM on 03/18/2016
Yeah, you're definitely in the minority.
Yeah, you're definitely in the minority.
10:16PM on 03/18/2016
What has this guy seen or read exactly?
What has this guy seen or read exactly?
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9:59PM on 03/18/2016
Wait, he never saw any of the original Star Wars movie before and he thought he should check it out? Don't give the role to him.
Wait, he never saw any of the original Star Wars movie before and he thought he should check it out? Don't give the role to him.
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9:13PM on 03/18/2016
I pray that he and/or Franco don't get the Han Solo role. The statement about him not seeing the original Star Wars films until recent more than confirm that he is not the right guy for this iconic role.
I pray that he and/or Franco don't get the Han Solo role. The statement about him not seeing the original Star Wars films until recent more than confirm that he is not the right guy for this iconic role.
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8:57PM on 03/20/2016
I get the feeling this will be the first ding in the Star Wars armor (prequels not included). A Solo 'solo' film should never have been considered until long after Ford has hung up his boots. Even with Kasdan writing the script his involvement in EpVII with it being a ANH rip off doesn't give me much confidence either on the story front.
I get the feeling this will be the first ding in the Star Wars armor (prequels not included). A Solo 'solo' film should never have been considered until long after Ford has hung up his boots. Even with Kasdan writing the script his involvement in EpVII with it being a ANH rip off doesn't give me much confidence either on the story front.
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