It’s a guy thing

Three best friends find them­selves at a cru­cial point in their lives where a re­la­tion­ship is con­cerned in That Awk­ward Mo­ment.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - OBITUARY -

Teller plays Daniel, a “com­mit­ment-phobe”, who uses hu­mour to keep his feel­ings at bay.

“Daniel’s in a league of his own,” says Teller in the film’s pro­duc­tion notes. “He’s look­ing for love, in a very ca­sual, re­laxed way, like bump­ing into it at a bar. He’s not look­ing for any­thing too se­ri­ous and he lets the girls know that. His at­ti­tude seems to make women a lit­tle un­com­fort­able at first, but then they start to like it, and the cat gets the mouse.”

The ac­tor ad­mits he is a lit­tle self-crit­i­cal but this hasn’t stopped him from pok­ing fun at him­self. “Van­ity is the last thing an ac­tor needs. Th­ese guys have flaws. Daniel spends a lot of time with his foot in his mouth. even though we’re telling girls that we’re be­ing very open, maybe that’s not al­ways the case.”

“The story al­lows guys to see their side of the sit­u­a­tion and it gives girls a new per­spec­tive on re­la­tion­ships. And we all get a chance to laugh at our­selves and our friends in the bar­gain. I thought it was a re­ally unique idea,” says efron of the film

His char­ac­ter, Ja­son, avoids be­ing emo­tion­ally at­tached so he pro­poses a pact with his friends whereby they stay sin­gle, for life, if pos­si­ble. “(He is) young and care­free. This is (his) chance to do any­thing with­out the com­mit­ment of a longterm re­la­tion­ship.”

He adds: “Ja­son is con­fused and afraid of be­com­ing at­tached or get­ting his feel­ings hurt. And since he was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the pact to be­gin with, he feels like he needs to live up to it pretty rig­or­ously.”

We meet Jor­dan’s char­ac­ter, Mikey, when he splits from his wife. His long-time pals Ja­son and Daniel are only too happy to wel­come him back to the bach­e­lor pack.

“Those guys are great friends to Mikey,” shares Jor­dan. “But they are not up­front at all with women. They’re not look­ing for any­thing too se­ri­ous. Mikey’s mar­riage is end­ing af­ter five years and his friends try to get him back into the dat­ing scene, when re­ally all he wants is to make it work with his wife.”

His favourite scenes are when the guys hang out to­gether. “We are free to just be 20-some­thing guys with all that en­tails. It’s the locker room talk.”

That Awk­ward Mo­ment opens in cine­mas na­tion­wide to­day.

Miles Teller, 26

Zac Efron, 26

Michael B. Jor­dan, 27

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