When you get top billing on a multi-million dollar sequel to a multi-oscar-winning movie, are the lead in a prequel to a famous movie, and appear on the cover of GQ magazine, nobody can deny that you have probably arrived. Timothée Chalamet has definitely arrived.
As part of the preparation for the publicity around Dune: Part Two, Chalamet has appeared on that cover and given an in-depth feature article that includes quite a few details on the upcoming sci-fi epic sequel.
In the article he talks of his love for Top Gun: Maverick, claiming he watched it eight times while shooting the Dune sequel and rented out a cinema to watch it with the cast and crew. He referred to it as inspirational and says he also got a long email from Tom Cruise that shared with him a list of professionals he could turn to across Hollywood for help and support to build his skills around stunt work:
“He basically said, in Old Hollywood, you would be getting dance training and fight training, and nobody is going to hold you to that standard today. So, it’s up to you. The email was really like a war cry.”
So he set about doing his homework, and his director agreed that it was time well spent. Director Denis Villeneuve noticed improvements in Chalamet’s prep and methods:
“I felt that he was much more trained than in Part One, and ready for the fighting sequences. I was impressed by his level of discipline for Part Two.
You know, when you are the lead on a movie, there’s a presence, the way you approach your work and your discipline will necessarily have a ripple effect on the rest of the crew.
He was the first one on set, always ready. And I was super pleased and impressed with how Timothee really embraced that discipline and became, for me, a real leading actor on this film.”
Dune: Part Two is now set to open in March next year, after being delayed from around about now.
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