Timothée Chalamet Discusses the Importance of Talking About Drug Addiction at ‘Beautiful Boy’ Premiere

Yo, Bookstrs, if you’re following us, you may have already known that the Call Me by Your Name boy Timothée Chalamet has a new film Beautiful Boy which is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. The film adaptation stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan, and tells a story between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son.




Covers of the Sheffs’ books | Image via eBay and Simon & Schuster UK



At the world premiere of Beautiful Boy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chalamet attracted global attention with his new haircut, a style shorter than the one by which he’s made impression upon so many movie-goers and fans.




Chalamet at TIFF 2018 | Image via PopPursuits



If you’re still have the impression of Chalamet as a melancholy hipster with his central parted long hair, then you should be so ready for his new look! This shorter haircut makes our Hollywood star cuter and younger when relaxed, and more sophisticated and handsome when he puts some gel on it.




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What impresses fans most about this rising star is not only his handsome appearance but his motivation. In an interview with datebook, Chalamet once indicated that, growing in New York City, a city flooded with drug abuse, he felt a sense of urgency about doing Beautiful Boy



It’s a story that needed to be told. Crystal meth is the biggest killer for people under fifteen-years-old. It could happen to anyone regardless of gender or age or class. It does not discriminate…My friend Leon and I took the subway when we were eleven and weren’t supposed to yet. I saw what drugs had done to people. At the very least there was an awareness of what life can offer you in the worst ways possible.





Nic Sheff and David Sheff | Image via Partnership for Drug-Free Kids



Part of the movie poster featuring Carell and Chalamet | Image via moviefone.com



When he was asked about playing an addict when he has no personal experience, Chalamet said that he was very anxious about acting out the darkest moments of a real person’s life. However, meeting the Sheffs helped him calm his nerves and gave him an immediate confidence to play Nic.



It was all trepidation on my part — nerves and anxiety — which was immediately settled by [the] extraordinarily warm and kind and intelligent and wise person that Nic is, that is innate to him but also through his experiences and his life.



After watching the movie, Nic Sheff commented “Man, I wish I had all your clothes in the movie.” His father David Sheff also said “So often we have this image of what drug addiction looks like and it’s not fun. Our loved ones who go down that path are in pain.” Nic then added that: “I’m just so incredibly grateful … what a miracle that my dad and I are sitting together here.”



The followings are some interview clips where Chalamet shared his thoughts about the movie. I’m sure you can find out more related videos in the following days and months with the debut date approaching!







Oh yah, the film is released in the US on the 12th of October, 2018. Not far way…so, Bookstrs, see you in the theater soon! 🙂



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