“Were you rushing or were you dragging?”
In Whiplash, Miles Teller plays Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz drummer who is single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats.
Terence Fletcher (played by recent Golden Globe winner J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability – and his sanity.
In this Clash-exclusive video interview, Teller delves into his character, explores Fletcher’s motivation, and discusses his own experiences as a drummer.
Whiplash will hit UK cinemas on Friday, and will be reviewed that same day in our regular film column.
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