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Miles Teller: I got ripped to avoid embarrassment

Whiplash star Miles Teller has learnt Hollywood is about looking good.

(Cover) - EN Star Style - US actor Miles Teller knew he had to get ripped to play a champion boxer; otherwise it would have just looked embarrassing.

The star has been making waves in Hollywood for some time but after his turn in 2014's Whiplash, his career rocketed to superstardom.

His next role will see him play real life boxer Vinny Pazienza in Bleed for This, and during his Whiplash promo trail, Miles made sure he got up at 3am to get a workout in.

"Anytime I had two hours, I worked out," he told Men's Fitness. "It would have been embarrassing to be on-screen as a five-time world champion and not look the part.”

To help him get in shape, the 28-year-old also drastically overhauled his diet. Gone were the days of partying, swapped instead for healthy and nutritious dinners.

“Breakfast was protein powder, ice, water, a splash of almond milk, and some frozen fruit - like, maybe, ten blueberries," he explained.

Other meals included large helpings of chicken, avocado, spinach, and tomatoes.

His dedication to look like Vinny is a long way from how he used to view his body. Joking he once questioned if he had the looks to be a leading man after a string of sidekick roles, Miles admits he has grudgingly accepted that Hollywood is all about appearance.

"[My agent and manager] they were, like, 'Miles, it’s very competitive out there. It’s Hollywood. Maybe start going to the gym a little bit. Take a little more time in the morning.' I was coming from New York, so I was like, 'It’s not about what you look like, it’s about the work.' They’re like, 'No, it’s not. You can be the best actor in the world, but if you don’t have the look for the part, you’re not going to get it,'” he recalled.

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