Miles Teller Happy He's Not Shia LaBeouf

Miles Teller
(Photo : Getty Images - Gareth Cattermole) Miles Teller at the premiere of 'Whiplash' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival on October 15, 2014 in London, England.

Miles Teller is glad he didn't end up like Shia LaBeouf.

"People tell me I've had a quick ascension into this business. But for me, when I was in college, I was looking at Shia LaBeouf," the 27-year-old actor told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I used to say that I needed to get a 'Disturbia' and then I'll be in the biz and I'll kind of be 'the other Shia' - the next guy. But I'm glad it went the way it's went. I've been able to work on some studio films and some really good independent films."

Teller once again insisted that he makes no money doing indies.

"If people really want to do the research, for 'Whiplash,' you make $7,000. For 'Spectacular Now,' you make $7,000. For 'Rabbit Hole,' you make $4,000," he said. "Studios don't make dramas. So if an actor wants to satisfy themselves, they're really not going to make any kind of money most of the time. That's why there's an allure of the studio films because you can drive a car if you do some. But I would never do a movie just for a paycheck. If Shailene [Woodley] was not in the movie, if Kate Winslet was not in that movie, if Neil Burger wasn't directing it, I wouldn't. Because I've been offered a lot of money to be in bad scripts."

Teller is determined to build a strong movie-making resume, he explained. "At the end of the day, I just feel like I want to be a step ahead of ... not the critics, the perception. I have a pretty wide taste," the "Whiplash" star said. "I'm doing a musical with Damien, his next film. It's literally a song-and-dance, Gene Kelly kind of thing. And also, I want to shoot somebody. That's the only thing I haven't done, that kind of an action thing. Right off the bat, I'm trying to show I can do all this stuff." 


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