By Megan Daley
Updated March 03, 2015 at 05:37 PM EST

In the 18-minute short that inspired the feature film Whiplash, J.K. Simmons already really hated rushing, dragging, and out-of-tune trombone players.

The Academy Award-winning actor starred in the short that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and took home the short-film jury award. Damien Chazelle served as writer and director for both the short and feature films. Instead of Miles Teller, however, Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s Johnny Simmons took on the role of Andrew, the timid but ambitious drummer with the ability to produce a single tear.

Whiplash picks up on Andrew’s first day working with Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) as he realizes pretty quickly you shouldn’t cross Fletcher—he might just toss a chair and scream in your face.

The short became available last week following the release of Whiplash to DVD and Blu-ray.


  • Movie
  • R
  • 105 minutes
  • Damien Chazelle