Fans always want their favorite television casts to be best friends in real life like they are on screen. While some actors have gotten along well and become close, others actually have serious relationship issues. When an actor suddenly leaves a show, fans are always left wondering if there was animosity on set that resulted in their termination. Fans of the hit television show Silicon Valley are just as frustrated because they know there might be beef between the main star Thomas Middleditch and fellow castmate T.J. Miller, but they don’t have any of the details!
Who Is Thomas Middleditch?
As a 38-year-old Canadian actor and writer, Thomas Middleditch is best known for his fantastic performance in the HBO television series Silicon Valley. The show aired from 2014 to 2019. Middleditch’s portrayal of Richard Hendricks even earned him a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2016 in the category “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.” Audiences might also recognize Middleditch from his Verizon Wireless advertisements, which he has been starring in since 2017.
From a young age, Thomas Middleditch participated in theatre and improv. He even studied it as an undergraduate at the university for a while before dropping out. The actor enjoyed making his own sketches and performing instead of sitting in a classroom.
After moving from Toronto to Chicago, he began taking various acting classes. Middleditch also founded an improv group and even auditioned for Saturday Night Live. Even though he did not pass, his routine was good enough to get him a holding deal with a network and move him to New York City.
He started his career in 2009, slowly landing roles and featuring in various comedy films. After four years of smaller roles, he was picked to play the protagonist of HBO’s new comedy Silicon Valley. The show was actually written specifically for him, as he had performed the sketch that inspired the producers to create it.
Who Is T.J. Miller?
T.J. Miller is an American actor and comedian who debuted in 2008. He is famous for his work on Silicon Valley and voice acting in the How to Train Your Dragon films, Big Hero 6, and The Emoji Movie. He has starred in a total of thirty-one films and twenty-seven television shows, building a strong portfolio over the years.
The talented actor began his career with comedy, performing stand-up and improv in Chicago after graduating from George Washington University. He joined the improv group, The Second City, and toured with them for two years. While doing so, he gained attention and was named one of the top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety. Throughout the years, he still participated in various comedy tours and specials.
His performance in Silicon Valley was especially impactful. In 2015 and 2016, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. His life began to take a turn, though, when he was arrested in 2016 for assaulting an Uber driver over an argument about Donald Trump. In 2017, he was accused of sexual assault in college, and a transphobic email surfaced on Twitter.
In 2018, the actor was arrested in New York because he called emergency services about a fake bomb threat while on an Amtrak train. He was heavily intoxicated and became argumentative with a young woman before making a call to report a bomb in a female passenger’s handbag. He is still currently negotiating a plea deal to avoid facing trial and five years in prison. That same year, his castmate on Silicon Valley, Alice Wetterlund, posted on Twitter that he was a bully and a brat. He was let go from many of his recurring roles, including How to Train Your Dragon.
Why Don’t They Like Each Other?
T.J. Miller’s final appearance on Silicon Valley was in 2017, before the fifth season. A few days after his final appearance, he finally told everyone that he and Thomas Middleditch never really got along. He believed that Middleditch was always vying for the spotlight and had some part to play in his dismissal. He criticized Middleditch for always wanting to be the star and demanding more lines.
Middleditch never responded to those comments and has never outright spoken about their relationship. However, he did say that Miller’s departure from the show was the best move for both the story and himself. Miller didn’t care about the job and had a horrible work ethic, showing up late, sleeping on sets, or even being drunk. Miller was already losing interest in the role and show and was frustrating to work with.
Although it has been a few years since T.J. Miller’s departure and assault accusations, fans still don’t know exactly what went on between the main stars of Silicon Valley. Miller has spoken about his experience in vague ways, both criticizing and praising his co-stars at the same time. Thomas Middleditch always seems like he is holding back in interviews and trying to remain professional–he might have other thoughts on the friendship. We’ll have to wait and see if more details ever emerge!