Going The Extra Miles: How Mr Teller Became King Of The Biopic

When it comes to biopics, no one does it quite like Miles Teller.

A selection of Miles Teller biopics.

Most people have probably pondered at some point which actor would play themselves on the big screen.

As far-fetched as our answers might be, it’s not a decision to take lightly because it takes a special calibre of talent to convincingly pull off biographical roles.

One such person is Miles Teller, who, in just a short career, has portrayed some of history’s most intriguing characters. Whether the 31-year-old is playing an Iraq war veteran, a firefighting hero or world champion boxer, he has the perfect balance of emotion and personality to bring to stories to life.

In fact, let’s go as far as calling him our generation’s best story Teller (sorry, couldn’t resist!) To celebrate the release of ONLY THE BRAVE on DVD, we thought we’d look at some of his best biographical roles…

Only the Brave

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of fearless elite firefighters from Arizona who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their local community from a wildfire in 2013, it’s impossible to not be moved by Only the Brave. Appearing alongside Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly, Teller plays firefighter Brendan Mcdonough, who said of the film: “This gave life to my brother’s story in a way I could have never imagined and showed the world who these men were and what it means to be a hotshot.”

War Dogs

This dark comedy directed by Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) is only loosely based on the true story of David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the US government to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan, but the charisma that Teller and co-star Jonah Hill bring to the roles makes you feel like you’re all in it together. Teller plays Packouz, who has a cameo in the film, so you have to assume a few tips were shared.


Bleed for This

Although it’s generally the emotional weight that actors bring to biographical roles that most impresses, they always get extra kudos for any physical transformations, so a big round of applause to Teller for portraying a World Champion Boxer. Bleed for this tells the story of Vinny Pazienza who made one of sport’s most incredible comebacks after a near fatal car crash. Talking about training, Teller explained: “I just got into really serious boxing training. I would do like four hours boxing, two hours weights [and] two hours physical therapy.” Impressive.

Thank you For Your Service

Based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Finkel and directed by Jason Hall (American Sniper), Thank you For Your Service tells the story of a group of American soldiers who struggle to adjust back to normality after returning from Iraq. Starring Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer and Keisha Castle-Hughes, Teller brings gentle humour to a deeply dark subject matter, no mean feat. 

Only the Brave is out now on Digital Download and comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD March 12th

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.