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Miles Teller was paid just $8,000 to star in an Oscar-winning movie

Miles Teller was paid just $8,000 to star in an Oscar-winning movie

The movie was a huge hit following its release in 2014, but Miles Teller only received a small sum of money for his starring role.

American actor Miles Teller is no stranger to being cast for award-winning films.

As well as joining the Marvel Universe as Reed Richards in 2015 and acting alongside Jonah Hill in 2016 comedy War Dogs, Teller has a plethora of well-known movie roles under his belt.

So, we were surprised to hear just how much (or should we say how little) the famed actor was paid for his lead role in an Oscar-winning 2014 movie.

UPI / Alamy Stock Photo
UPI / Alamy Stock Photo

Whiplash is a film about a promising young drummer who, to take his skills to the next level and become one of 'the greats', joins Shaffer Conservatory, a cut-throat music college that pushes him to new extremes in order to unlock his potential. Considered to be the best music school in the entirety of the United States, Andrew Niemann (played by Teller) understands that to be recognised he must study under Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons) and play alongside his studio band at jazz competitions.

Remind yourself of why Whiplash is so good here:

Whiplash received multiple Academy Award nominations and wins including 'Best Sound Mixing', 'Best Film Editing', and even 'Best Supporting Actor' for J. K. Simmons and his role of Terence Fletcher.

Despite its huge success, Teller only received $8,000 for his role in the movie. Even though this seems pretty low, it's more than what he received when he first began making waves in his acting career.

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.
Sony Pictures

In his first feature film, Rabbit Hole (2010), an indie drama directed by John Cameron Mitchell, he starred alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. However, he only received $5,000 for it. Teller told Esquire that if he wanted to continue to make 'any kind of living' acting in independent movies he would have to do 10 a year.

One TikTok user shared a compilation video of Teller's most notable scenes from Whiplash with the caption "It amazes me how Miles teller was only payed $8,000 for this movie".

IMDb users have given Whiplash a rating of 8.5/10, with Rotten Tomatoes placing it at 94 percent on the Tomatometer. One Rotten Tomatoes movie critic, Don Shanahan from, describes the film as "an incredibly special film experience because of the multiple ways it transcends its preordained place as just some independent film that hit it off at the Sundance Film Festival. Shot in 19 days and completed entirely in 10 short weeks on a budget just over $3 million, this film shouldn't have a production value, a refined look, and a sizable scope of a film with 20 times the checkbook balance, but it does."

Featured Image Credit: Paul Smith / Francisco Morales/DAMMPHOTO/NORTEPHOTO.COM / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: TV and Film, Oscars