Timothée Chalamet learned this new skill from ‘Dune’: ‘I hope I won’t have to use it’

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Nothing compares to tame the giant sandworm Timothy ChalametaThe rebellious mane of.

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making a science fiction epic “doon” (streaming in theaters and on HBO Max Thursday), filmmaker Denis Villeneuve have joked That he had to direct both the eager young actor and his famously curly hair.

Shooting in the deserts of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, “we sometimes get unlucky with the wind,” Chalamet recalls with a laugh. “But I don’t think he ever held it against me.”


After critically acclaimed makeover, “Dune” is Chalamet’s first big-budget studio film lead “Little Women” “Pretty Boy” And “Call me by your name” The latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 2018 Frank Herbert’s influential 1965 novel, the film follows a sentient space prince named Paul Atreides (Chalamet), whose father (Oscar Isaac) is caught in a war against the deadly planet Arrakis, which is abundant in a valuable resource known as Spice.

Josh Brolin And Jason Momoa Play the role of trusted members of your father’s court, while Rebecca Ferguson Co-stars as Paul’s high priest mother, who helps Paul use his prophetic abilities.

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Villeneuve (“Arrival”) says that Chalamet was his first and only choice to play the role of Paul, who by the end of the film comes into his own as a leader. Seeing a rising movie star in an action-adventure Venice Film Festival In September the premiere only confirmed thatthe director Made the right call, as thousands of fans cheered Chalamet on the red carpet.

“It was like we saw the birth of Beatlemania. It was crazy,” Villeneuve says. “Timothy has that kind of charismatic power. And I needed the audience to believe that this young man would be able to raise and lead an army, and then lead an entire planet.”

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Chalamethandjob 25handjob Having first read Herbert’s “Dune” a few years earlier, Villeneuve was involved with the project after learning. He was drawn to the novel’s religious and environmental themes, as well as to Paul’s internal conflict as he contemplates whether and how to use his power.

“It’s a relatable story of a young man who has to fight for what’s right and what’s good,” says Chalamet. “It’s especially relevant today, with my generation fighting for and what they believe in so strongly. … Even though I’m older than Paul in real life, the lessons I learned from shooting and the Will continue to play with me forever.”

Chalamet trained for months to master itof filmIntricate fight choreography, only occasionally knocks out its co-stars. (“I think I may have gotten Brolin in (crotch) once,” he admits.) Choreographer Benjamin Millepied, husband Natalie Portman.

The moves, reminiscent of cross-country skiing, were “one of the more challenging parts of the role. I hope I don’t have to use it in real life,” says Chalamet. “I don’t know in what situation it would be needed, but I’ve got it in my toolbox of skills.”

“That was very exhausting,” Ferguson says. “I’ve done so many stunts Tom Cruise (in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise), but try running sand in a full-body suit. So we were fit to shoot it.”

“Dune” has been accepted by critics (88% positive reviews on the site overall). rotten Tomatoes) and is contender for a surefire prize in technical categories such as production design, cinematography and score. But two and a half hours, $165 million The film is likely to face an uphill battle at the box office, considering how recent same-day streaming releases have been involved. “Suicide Squad” And “Space Jam: A New Legacy” Fighting in theatres.

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Chani (Zendaya, left) and Paul Atreides (Timothie Chalamet) will likely lead "Dune: Part Two."

Early ticket sales “and social media buzz have been strong, but the X factor will be the number of casual audiences after Opening Day,” says Sean Robbins, Chief Analyst box office pro. “It’s a film that has a huge fan following but isn’t much familiar to beginners. It will be interesting to see the results come out in the coming days and weeks.”

If successful, “Doon” will be followed by a sequel to a film centered on Chani.Zendaya), a desert warrior who appears primarily in Paul’s dreams in the first film. HBO Max also announced tv prequel seriesVilleneuve is attached to direct the first episode of the show.

“I know everyone is super hopeful and excited at the prospect (of a sequel),” Chalamet says. “I remember watching movies growing up and already struggling for more.” Until now, “I’ve never felt that way about what I’m into.”

Chalamet is currently shooting in the UK “Wonka,” A “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” prequel (The.) directed by Paul King. “Paddington” Movies). He can also be seen in Wes Anderson’s star-studded drama this month “French Dispatch” (Fridays in Theaters), playing a student revolutionary who falls in bed with Frances McDormand’s magazine reporter.

In one scene, when McDormand walks over his character in the bathtub, the genial heartthrob swallows his pride while starring in the fondue.

“I think it’s the masochism of the actors,” jokes Chalamet. “As crazy as the visuals are, sometimes it’s just as easy to enjoy.

“I never thought I’d have to work in a Wes Anderson film, let alone work with Frances McDormand, one of the strongest actresses I’ve ever seen and worked with,” she continues. “It’s absolutely a dream come true. After shooting one after the other (‘Doon’ and ‘Dispatch’), and for having them come out at the same time, I am very proud of them.”

Contribution: Brian Alexander

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