Following in the footsteps of The World's End cast, and Before Midnight's Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, among others, the latest actors to take an amusing stand against texting and cell phone chatting during movies for an Alamo Drafthouse PSA are The Spectacular Now's Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. The adorable duo urge movie fans to consider what they're doing before they make the choice to text, and threaten those who commit this heinous theater-going infraction.
"Don't do it," Teller urges theater goers. "Answering a text is a very serious choice, and when you do that, when you look down at that, you need to ask yourself, 'Am I being a dick'?"
"Do you want your ass kicked out?" Woodley asks
"Because we will kick it out!" the two state.
Texting during the movie ruins lives. And Miles Teller's going to ruin your life. Kevin.
What's great about the video - beyond how well Woodley and Teller sell it - is the song that plays in the background, which is likely a nod to The Spectacular Now but also gives the PSA a bizarre John Hughes vibe, which I suppose is fitting, as there have been comparisons referenced between the great John Hughes and TSN.
Not having seen the film yet, I can't comment on the Hughes comparisons, but watching the PSA, it has occurred to me that Woodley would've made a pretty excellent star of a John Hughes movie. She's just the right amount of honest, pretty and real to work for something like that, which may benefit her in James Ponsoldt's adaptation of Tim Tharp's novel (opens in new tab).
And speaking of Woodley, you may have noticed her long hair in the above video. Or maybe you haven't, as her hair's always long, but it won't be for long. The actor announced that this weekend, she's cutting it all off and donating it to charity. The haircut is likely in preparation for her next lead role in a feature adaptation of a popular book, The Fault In Our Stars (opens in new tab), which is expected to go into production later this month. We also have Divergent to look forward to early next year.
If you need help differentiating between The Fault in our Stars, The Spectacular Now and Divergent, click the thumbnail below for a helpful infographic.
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