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wor­ried about his makeup and stuff.”

Near the end of shoot­ing, Teller was able to cut loose. “Vinny gained weight,” says the ac­tor. “So, I started at 168 and then I had to gain 15 pounds to get to 183 in two and a half weeks … That was fun. It was just like Dunkin’ Donuts ev­ery day and go­ing to Fed­eral Hill in Providence and [con­sum­ing] this amaz­ing Ital­ian food that I could fi­nally eat.”

“Bleed For This” had the bless­ing of the real Paz who of­ten showed up on set to an­swer the ques­tions of cast and crew mem­bers.

“The time that I ab­so­lutely said I need Vinny to be on set was when I go down to try and bench press for the first time [af­ter the ac­ci­dent],” says the ac­tor. “I just didn’t know how to get un­der­neath the bench with [a halo trac­tion brace] on my head.

“I had to ask him, ‘How do you do that?’ He’s like, ‘Well, I’d get down and then just shimmy over here and start pump­ing them out, bro.’

Af­ter mak­ing a big splash with “The Spec­tac­u­lar Now” in 2013, Teller be­gan work­ing on a num­ber of big bud­get ac­tion films, in­clud­ing the “Diver­gent” se­ries and “Fan­tas­tic Four.” But deep down, he prefers what he calls “in­tense stuff.”

“I’ve been lucky to be put in a nice po­si­tion, as far as act­ing goes, where I’m able to get some good scripts,” he says. “I’m more than will­ing to give ev­ery­thing to them, and I just think they’re cool sto­ries.

“I like in­tense stuff. When I was in col­lege I wasn’t do­ing scenes of me sit­ting at a cof­fee ta­ble talk­ing to the girl and flirt­ing. I was like, ‘No, let’s do this scene where [stuff] is just hap­pen­ing and fly­ing and every­one’s just into it.’”

Upcoming from Teller is “Thank You For Your Ser­vice,” a look at how post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­fects Amer­i­can ser­vice­men and women; and “Gran­ite Moun­tain,” a drama about the crew of fire­fight­ers who bat­tled a wild­fire in Prescott, AZ, in 2013 which claimed the lives of 19 of their mem­bers.

Play­ing box­ers, sol­diers and fire­men is all part of Teller’s plan.

“I like blue col­lar guys,” says the ac­tor. “Those are guys I can re­late to . ... This guy Vinny was just al­ways cov­ered in blood. He broke his nose ev­ery fight and he was just the big­gest war­rior and had more heart than any­body.

“I could [just as eas­ily play] the guy who’s a garbage man or a con­struc­tion worker. Vinny ob­vi­ously is a bit of a his­tor­i­cal fig­ure but I’m just in­spired by ev­ery­day peo­ple. I’m in­spired by the guy who’s work­ing three jobs to [sup­port] his kid. To me, that’s in­spir­ing.”

PHOTO BY SEACIA PAVAO

Miles Teller in “Bleed For This.”

PHOTO BY SEACIA PAVAO

Left to right: Miles Teller, Vinny Paz and Pro­ducer Chad Verdi on the set of “Bleed For This.”

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