Miles Teller Shares Near-Death Story That Became His ‘Tom Moment’

Miles Teller was poisoned. The doctor’s office confirmed it. Tom Cruise did not pay it much mind. It was sort of perfect for everyone involved.

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Teller was on Late Night with Seth Myers to talk about his time playing Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw opposite Cruise’s Maverick in Top Gun: Maverick. He told the late-night host, and the rest of the world, that the megastar did not have much sympathy. In fact he was ready to crack wise.

“I was really hot and I just started itching like crazy. So I got out of the jet,” Teller said. “I’m just covered in hives. Head to toe. I go to a doctor. I do a blood analysis. I’m in an oatmeal bath that night. I have sensitive skin anyway, truth be told, Irish-Scottish skin. No dyes, no nothing.

“I go to set the next day and Tom’s like, ‘How did it go, Miles? What did they find?'” I was like, ‘Well, Tom, it turns out I have jet fuel in my blood.’ And without even skipping a beat Tom goes, ‘Yeah, I was born with it, kid. So that was a very Tom moment for me.”

And so it goes when dealing with Tom Cruise.

Teller came armed with blood test results to show that he had “flame-retardant, pesticide, and jet fuel” in his bloodstream. That is pretty wild, no matter what Cruise wants to say.

As for Teller, he was not the first to get a Tom Cruise moment with this movie. Cruise took a meeting with then-proposing director Joseph Kosinski about the project and once he liked what he had to say heard, it was just time to make the call. Literally.

“At the end of that meeting, Tom stood and he walked over to the phone and he called the head of the studio and said, ‘We’re making this film,’” Kosinski told the AP. “I mean, that’s a real movie star who can greenlight a movie with a phone call.”

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