J.K. Simmons Recalls Slapping 'Whiplash' Co-Star Miles Teller In The Face

January 6, 2015 3:38 PM

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"Whiplash" has earned accolades for its intense, harrowing depiction of the rigorous journey of a young drumming student (Miles Teller) and his relationship with his stern, sometimes violent teacher (J.K. Simmons).

In a HuffPost Live interview on Monday, Simmons -- who's nominated for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday's Golden Globes -- reflected on a particularly grueling scene in which he was required to repeatedly slap Teller in the face, an effort intended to help him learn the rhythm of a musical piece.

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