Join the Metro Times Press Club: Because no news is bad news.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Check out the short film starring Detroit native J.K. Simmons that became 'Whiplash'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 2:22 PM

click to enlarge J.K. Simmons - WIKIPEDIA
  • Wikipedia
  • J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons, the Detroit native who recently won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as a not-mellow-whatsoever music teacher in "Whiplash," offered some humble words when he accepted his award, urging everyone to "call your Mom ... call your Dad."

"If you're lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them ... as long as they want to talk to you," he said. 

Well, if you haven't seen "Whiplash" yet (you should), this may be news to you: the film actually began as a short. And now, the short has surfaced online. From Slate

[I]t offers a look at how this film might have been in an alternate universe. It’s clear that, with this scene at least, little changed in the film’s transition from short film to feature—the dialogue matches almost word for word, and Simmons is just as terrifying and unsettling—except for one crucial difference: Here young actor Johnny Simmons plays the lead role that Miles Teller would eventually perform to great acclaim. It may be subtle, but the actors approach the same character just a bit differently. As Dr. Fletcher begins to hurl insults (and a chair) at Andrew, Simmons appears more visibly shaken and hurt almost immediately.

Check out the short below. 

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 16, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit