Timothée Chalamet: The message of ‘Beautiful Boy’ is not ‘don’t do drugs’

22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards

I love Timothée Chalamet. I truly think he’s The Actor of His Generation. I’m still mad that he lost the Oscar for his role in Call Me By Your Name. But Timothée is quietly building up his CV with incredible work. His latest film is Beautiful Boy, and Timothée seems like a shoo-in for back-to-back Oscar nominations. His performance has already gotten him a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG nomination, and a handful of critics’ awards and noms. Do you think he’ll win this year, given that he’s being nominated in the supporting category? I don’t know. But I hope he wins *something* because, as I said, I love this kid. Anyway, Chalamet chatted with People Magazine about his film and whether there’s a “message” at the center of it:

“Our hope is that it’s not a glorification of drugs or a warning against the glorification of drugs because that’s not what the movie’s about. It’s not about, ‘Hey don’t do this thing.’ The ‘don’t do drugs because they will ruin your life’ narrative, which is very true and very important to know, is out there as effectively as it should be, so this movie tried to address things around it and not that direct message. It’s supposed to portray David and Nic’s story as a firsthand warning of how addiction can ruin one’s life in the personal context, but perhaps more eye-opening, the movie shows how devastating it can be to everyone around the addict… That’s the goal in having the high schools there, for the prejudices around use and addiction be re-examined.”

[From People]

I haven’t seen Beautiful Boy yet, so I’m not going to speak to its message and whether this is a scary after-school special about drug-usage. I believe Chalamet when he talks about the message being a more personal one, about what drug addiction looks like close-up, and the stigmas about what kinds of people are drug addicts.

Also: Timothee and Lily-Rose Depp are still happening. They were seen out on a date in New York the other day. They apparently shared a creme brûlée. BRUH ORDER TWO.

22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards

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  1. Marianne Hord says:

    I saw the movie at TIFF and the screenwriter talked about just that. He originally didnt want to do this film because he had already done another movie about drug addiction (Candy) but what attracted him to this story was to show the family side. How it effects those around you.

    • Lizzie says:

      candy was a grueling watch

      • Hannah says:

        Agree…I still remember it, it wasso intense and raw. Beautiful Boy is similar…I was thinking about it for days after. The message is (especially bc it’s based on autobiographicalbooks written by father and aon) is exactly about the affects on the family and the person. It wassuchan incrdible performance on his part…very intense film.

    • Levin says:

      What did you think of the movie?

      • Marianne says:

        i really quite liked it. It definitely is an emotional wreck to watch. And I liked that they didnt demonize Timothee’s character in any way. You still felt bad for him because his character realizes and acknowledges how destructive he’s being.

    • Milla says:

      Candy is underrated movie and i am looking forward to this movie as well. I understand what Timothee is trying to say, and I agree that he’s a talented young actor.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      I remember seeing “Candy” when it first came out…LAWD…it was gloriously brutal…cementing that both Heath and Abbie were formidable talents….yet even THEN…it was hitting too close to home for Heath…


  2. Lucy says:

    At this point, I’m beyond just having a crush on him. I’m not even jealous of Lily Rose. I simply admire him so, so much. We’re pretty much the same age, he’s out there killing it and seems to love what he does (the fact that he’s pretty damn great at it doesn’t hurt, either). He is, indeed, a beautiful boy.

  3. Anne says:

    rewatched cmbyn this week and he’s SOOOOOO good in it

    • Steff says:

      He should have won the Oscar. I can’t wait to see him in Dune.

      • Jerusha says:

        He should have won for that final credits scene alone. Travesty.

      • Snazzy says:

        Wait they’re doing a Dune movie? Like the science fiction trilogy?

      • Steff says:

        Yes! He’s been cast as Paul. Denis Villeneuve is directing so I have hope this will be good.

      • Lala11_7 says:

        @Jershua….LAWD…the last 10 minutes of CMBYN….

        Some of the BEST acting I have EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!!!!

        I think him AND the Daddy in the movie should have won an Oscar!!!!

    • Chicken says:

      I just watched CMBYN for the first time yesterday and I was blown away, by the movie overall, and especially by Timothee’s performance.

  4. DP says:

    He’s so adorable and charming, he almost made Armie Hammer seem like-able by association.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I need to watch these shows. I’m not familiar with his talent yet, but that’s about to end lol. I can, however, say he is absolutely stunning. And in 10 years…

  6. LT says:

    Yes, I am seeing that firsthand – addiction impacts the entire family and it’s devastating. The level of denial and rationalization can be unbelievable – and then there is the financial strain. It’s incredibly damaging to the family.

  7. Kaye says:

    Call Me by Your Name was an amazing movie. It was perfect, and it stayed with me for days.

  8. horseandhound says:

    I hated that movie call me by your name. but even in that movie he managed to fascinate me so much that I was really pissed he didn’t win an oscar. he is the best new actor out there. his talent is just extraordinary. he’s one in a million.
    also, he seems to be an authentic, lovely boy. I hope he doesn’t change for the worst.

  9. Notyouraveragehousewife says:

    I adore him! I have read all of Nic’s Books and Beautiful Boy. I can’t wait to see it as I couldn’t find a local cinema in my area that showed it. It comes to Amazon Prime soon, I believe.

  10. Dirk says:

    He is a mega talent but I had a few gripes with CMBYN: it was a well crafted and performed film but it’s basically a fantasy: the lack of any reproach for their affair in a Catholic country in the 80s was unrealistic. It’s set in a rosy bubble of privilege that makes it seem indulgent, and the women are treated as props. Also, the age difference between the actors looks closer to 20 years, which made it seem not like an affair between two young men but that of a grown man and a boy. If I’d seen it when an impressionable young gay I would have swooned, but now, I just couldn’t buy it.

  11. molly says:

    The thought of him and Lily Rose talking in French together while they share a desert in a dark New York restaurant is almost too much.

  12. Lightpurple says:

    While he and Steve Carrell are earning well-deserved praise for their performances, Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney also deserve credit for good performances. It isn’t just about the conflict between the son and the father or between the father and the mother over who is the better parent but on how the son’s addiction impacts and hurts all of them, including the loving step-mom and the younger siblings.

  13. anon says:

    I adore him. He’s so so so talented and he seems kind and chill. He’s going to have a HUGE career, Leo DiCaprio huge imo

  14. Angela82 says:

    In the wake of the opioid crisis I can only imagine what families go through when a relative is in the throws of addiction. I actually had a cousin’s husband who went to jail for selling opioids and when he got out he soon after OD’ and died as a result. I see it every day when I go work for an agency of HHS.

    I have never turned to hard drugs myself (I don’t like them) but have had my share of issues with alcohol. It started as “I am shy I will have a glass of wine to calm myself” to full blown anxiety where I needed to chug a beer just to stop the panic in my own house. I think I have gotten close to addiction but not something anyone around me has noticed. Lately I have taken a step back from it bc I was scaring myself thinking that I was doing harm to my organs and then the alcohol itself leading to anxiety and depression. I have also gone on an anti anxiety/anti depression medication bc I don’t think I could deal with all this without it. But abuse and addiction is a huge issue in this county for all ages, genders, races, etc.

    I will say the one thing that has gotten me through the past few weeks is medical marijuana. Its crazy bc I grew up in the Reagan 80s where marijuana was legit seen as worse than prescription drugs and heroin to some. It was the “after school this is your brain on weed message”. My mom felt the need to hide the fact she took a couple puffs of weed to calm down at night but would have no issue drinking beer in front of us on a regular basis. I am glad that the stigma and legal troubles are starting to go away for those who do enjoy and actually need cannabis. Its no joke, I legit use 5 mg in the morning and 5 mg at night to function. Its not even a “high” for me most of the time, its feeling normal and fighting depression. If I had known this 5 years ago I would probably have been better off. I am not necessarily advocating for teens to start using it but it does have health benefits for some just like any other medication IMO.

  15. Parigo says:

    Love his style and that like Harry Styles could care less if people say he’s effeminate or gay (Shawn Mendes take note).

    Also dude is getting better and better looking, he will age well.

  16. Mama says:

    That message is better than “don’t do drugs”. As a popular therapist used to say, “Where there is addiction, intimacy cannot happen.” and that is so true.