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Stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller in Miami Beach to chat about ‘That Awkward Moment’

 
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Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan couldn’t resist cracking a few Justin Bieber jokes last Friday.

The actors were in town to promote their new bromantic comedy, That Awkward Moment, from the Soho Beach House, not far from where Bieber had been arrested on DUI and assorted charges.

When asked what their short-term plans in Miami were, Teller answered: “My Prius in in the shop, but my Lamborghini is ready to go!”

Jordan also found humor in the scandal but had sympathy for the young pop singer.

“I get it, I understand it,” said the star of last year’s powerful, fact-based drama Fruitvale Station. “Most people have the blessing to make mistakes away from cameras, and that kid can’t.”

The film’s writer/director Tom Gormican had a different take: “I would love for these guys to get arrested,” he joked. “Think of all the publicity!”

Speaking of publicity, where was Teller and Jordan’s costar Zac Efron? The blue-eyed heartthrob, who reportedly had two stints in rehab for a drug problem last year, was also at the Miami Beach hotel to promote the film about three 20-something commitmentphobes, but didn’t show to the 1 p.m. interview. Handlers said Efron, who also co-produced TAM, was “ill in his room.”

Perhaps the onetime High School Musical star caught something courtside while at Thursday night’s Miami Heat game, though he was able to make an early morning call for Univision’s Despierta America Friday morning. That’s OK; his jovial costars picked up the slack. The pals obviously had a lot of fun working together, judging by all the giggles.

Teller ( Footloose, Rabbit Hole, The Spectacular Now) was lucky that his raunchy character, Daniel, who disrobes much of the movie, didn’t have to be outside for those scenes, filmed in NYC during the winter of 2012.

“I’m an interior naked kind of guy,” deadpanned Teller. “That was in my contract. Interior nudity only.”

Teller, 26, is bound to get noticed as Daniel, a smart-mouthed pickup artist who resembles a young John Cusack.

“I met him once and told him people said I reminded them of him and he said, ‘I feel bad for you,’ ” remembered Teller of the reclusive actor. “He said, ‘You’re much better looking.’ ”

Jordan, who has more serious roles on his resume (TV’s The Wire, Friday Night Lights), often found it tough to stay in character as Mikey, a doctor with marital problems.

“This project was different for me because I actually lived to the end,” said the 26-year-old, half-joking. “But I got to show range as well and be funny. I trusted Tom, and I did my best to bang home the jokes. I want to do another comedy. I think I got the itch.” You can see Jordan let loose in the bloopers, shown during the end credits.

Gormican was impressed by his cast.

“These guys have the ability to change gears,” he said. “There isn’t anything that is not in their wheelhouse.”

A big challenge the actors and crew faced? The paparazzi and crowds who gathered around the West Village set to get a glimpse of Efron.

“These are things you can’t control,” Jordan said. “But it all added to the texture of the film.”

If there were an Awkward sequel, what would happen to these guys? Is marriage a possibility?

“It’d be fun to see, but I doubt it,” said Teller, who reportedly is the only one of the three with a girlfriend. “My character is going to disappoint women again. That’s his nature.”

Madeleine Marr

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