Miles Teller was ALL over the first day of the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new movie ‘Whiplash’ about a Jazz Drummer. Check out what Miles had to say to E below!

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Miles Teller is giving Tom Cruise a run for his money.

OK, maybe not, but check out what Teller just told me about his work in the upcomingDivergent.

“We were running on trains going like 12 [and] 14 miles per hour,” he said at the opening night premiere of his new drama, Whiplash, at the Sundance Film Festival. “I heard Tom Cruise only does 17 miles an hour. I’m like just below Tom Cruise.”

Teller costars in the much-anticipated big screen adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name with Shaliene WoodleyTheo JamesKate Winslet and Maggie Q. It’s set to hit theaters on March 21.

“I think it’s good if your work is seen internationally,” Teller says of the fandemonium surrounding the movie. “It’s hard for a mall movie to kind of get in theaters outside of the country…I’m introducing myself to the European market.”

Whiplash, directed by Damien Chazelle, is a completely different kind of film. Teller plays a 19-year-old jazz drummer who is pushed to the limits by his teacher (J.K. Simmons) at a prestigious music conservatory. It’s been dubbed, “Full Metal Jacket at Julliard.”

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“I’ve been drumming since I was 15,” Teller said. “I played in a couple of rock bands…but jazz is a high art. Jazz is a totally different beast.”

The actor did most of his own drumming. “I’d say I drum like 70 percent,” Teller said. “Whatever Natalie Portman said about [her dancing in] Black Swan, like 80 percent? I’ll say that.”

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