What a thrilling film! Here are 10 facts about Whiplash that you probably didn’t know about:
1. Remember when Fletcher’s three drummers played for around 5 hours before beginning class? During those intense practice scenes, director Damien Chazelle wouldn’t yell, “cut!” so that Miles Teller would keep drumming until he exhausted himself.
2. For the slapping scene, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller filmed many takes with Simmons only faking the slap. For the final take, Simmons and Teller chose to film the scene with a real slap. This is the take that is used in the film.
3. Miles Teller, who’s been drumming since he was 15, received blisters on his hands due to the intense, unconventional style of jazz drumming. Some of his blood was on the drumsticks and the drum set as a result.
4. Although a visual double was used, all of Andrew’s drumming were done by Miles Teller to pre-recorded tracks. About 40% of Teller’s drumming was used in the soundtrack.
5. The film was shot in only 24 days.
6. J.K. Simmons broke two ribs when Miles Teller tackled him. Simmons managed to keep working despite his injuries.
7. The chart “Whiplash” is a “time chart” as referred by jazz players. A piece with an unconventional time signature (in this case, 14/8). The chart’s organizer – Hank Levy – is famous within jazz circles for his many “time chart” classics.
8. Andrew appears in every scene.
9. The film is one of the lowest grossing movies ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
10. Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn in Amazing Spiderman 2) turned down the role of Andrew.