Miles Teller reveals his 'horrible' experience of working with Nicole Kidman
Method acting is nothing new, but it is still pretty mad when you read the lengths that actors go to. For those of you who aren't exactly sure what method acting is, it refers to the actors creating their characters emotional experiences through their own lives. One of the infamous incidents of this was Heath Ledger and his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Ledger spent months getting into character, locking himself away in a room and keeping a diary in which he tried to infiltrate the thoughts of a psychopath. Speaking about his methods at the time, the late-actor said:
"I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices — it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath — someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts."
Such was the depth of Ledger's methods, it is reported that the actor ended up struggling to sleep and becoming depending on sleeping pills. According to Heath, he “probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going."
However, while Ledger had to try and access the mind of a serial killing lunatic, Miles Teller experienced a different side to method acting.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph Australia, the 30-year-old actor claims that Nicole Kidman refused to say a word to him on the set of his first ever film. Miles went on to describe the filing of Rabbit Hole as horrible, saying Aaron Eckhart also gave him the cold shoulder throughout.
Miles was a rookie among Oscar winners and at the time, he said his only concern was to ensure that he didn't "mess it up." However, what the actor didn't expect was for some of his idols to snub him completely. Teller says that they eventually told the then 23-year-old that they refused to speak to him in order to re-create the tensions between their characters in the movie.
"Nicole had an idea that she wanted us to develop a kind of relationship as our characters did".
"So at the beginning, she didn't talk to me at all, then as we did our first scene, then she talked to me a little more and then by the end of it we would talk in between."
It wasn't until much later in the filming that he says Nicole offered an apology to him, re-affirming that the snub was for the good of the film.
"She said 'Oh Miles, you did such a wonderful job and I am sorry I had to do that to you, especially seeing as it was your first movie, but I thought it was important to go through that on camera'."
It appears there was a method to the madness, with Nicole going on to be to receive a best picture Oscar nomination due to the performance.
Still, imagine turning up to your first day on the job and everyone blanking you.