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Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash had one of the most memorable endings from 2014. Many loved it. Some say they hated it. But I’m sure it generated some response, no matter your opinion of the overall movie. Did you ever wonder what might have happened next, though? Miles Teller did, and he has a very interesting Whiplash theory.
We are going to have to get into spoilers for Whiplash here, so please stop reading if you haven’t yet see the Oscar-winning film. Better yet, go rent it now, then come back.
So, the movie cuts to black as soon as Miles Teller’s tortured drummer, Andrew, completes his blistering and brilliant drum solo, hijacking Fletcher’s jazz concert but finally proving to his vicious mentor that he is, in fact, the musical genius we’d been led to believe. What happened to Andrew following the concert? Kevin McCarthy of FOX 5 in Washington, DC sat down with Teller on behalf of Insurgent but slipped in that riveting Whiplash question, and learned the following.
I think [Andrew] lives a pretty lonely existence, just working on his craft and becoming one of the greatest drummers of all time, but being pretty miserable [and] alone. People say you are probably going to die alone. That’s Andrew.
In other words, if Miles Teller and JK Simmons ever reunite for Whiplash 2, bring your anti-depressants, because it’s going to be a dark and brooding affair.
I love Miles Teller’s answer for so many reasons. While I do NOT believe that every movie needs a sequel, there are certain characters who get under our skin, and we’re interested to see where they are going to go next… though we might not necessarily want to watch a whole movie of their future exploits. It makes sense that Andrew’s pursuit of musical perfection would ruin the rest of his life. The message of Whiplash cements that those seeking to be "the best" at a chosen craft have to make extreme sacrifices, and while Andrew experienced success on Fletcher’s stage, it’s undoubtedly temporary.
I also like that Miles Teller took the time to think about Andrew’s future, and to map out, at least in his head, what might have happened to this character he brought to life memorably – and miserably – on screen.
Whiplash earned several Oscars earlier this year, including Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound and a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for JK Simmons. It’s available to rent and stream, and needs to be watched immediately. And now you know what possibly happens after!