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Timothée Chalamet on Opioid Epidemic & “Climate of Disillusion” | Close Up

December 17, 2019

(upbeat instrumental music) – Timothy, is there anything
in the current climate that made you choose to play a guy wrestling with drug addiction? – Addiction is the biggest killer in the United States right now. It’s over 50,000 people
a year die from this. That’s more than automobile crashes, it’s more than gun violence, it’s more than both of those combined. And a lot of young people go through this. Not necessarily Methamphetamine, that’s what Nic Sheff went through, things that numb your environment, and that’s I think the
most fascinating thing when you think about
addiction in the United States right now, is in the 60s or 70s, to my understanding, cause I wasn’t here, but LSD and marijuana, these were drugs that maybe amplified your surrounding, or helped people
understand it in a new way, and what you have now with opiates, and I think it’s not at all not linked to whatever climate of
disillusion we’re in, is they totally numb your surroundings. So you could be in the
worst physical setting, you could be in the
nicest physical setting, it’s going to give you the same effect. And I know I’m not only
speaking from my experience, I can imagine you guys too know people that have been serious
affected by addiction, and there’s still like a
moral failing around it. And weirdly I feel like with people my age there could be like a
glorification of it too, kind of like a martyrdom, like, “Yeah, I’m destroying
myself, it’s my right.” And that’s really sad, and I
feel a real responsibility, not in a fake way or in a facetious way, not to be like inspiring but
to point some way forward. And ‘Beautiful Boy’,
the irony of that movie is it’s not like the most
uplifting movie in the world, but at least there’s a
redemptive value in, okay, here’s story that maybe doesn’t
get honored all the time, and spoilers but that Nic survives, that he made it through,
that there were four relapses in the movie, he had 13 in real life. – [Richard] Wow. – And now he’s eight years sober. And I guess even what I just
said is misinformation a little bit too, because it’s a day
at a time, you never beat it. That’s one of the really
interesting things in talking to people about the movie, sometimes people are like,
“Why was he addicted?” And like, “Is he going to be okay?” And I kind of go, oh you
didn’t really get it, because that’s not– – [Guest] Yeah, yeah. – The why is purposefully not addressed, because that’s not as
important as the fact that one is addicted. And secondly, you never really beat it. – It’s interesting, I guess you spent time with him and with his father. – Yes. – The father wrote this
very celebrated book. What surprised you about the two then? – Nic’s book ‘Tweak’ is
a dream for an actor. I shouldn’t maybe say it
like that cause it was such a treacherous, terrible
experience for that family, but ‘Tweak’ is written
in the present tense, it is moment to moment,
he’s not thinking ahead, he’s not thinking of what just happened, it’s, “I’m going to go do
this, I’m going to go do this, “I don’t have drugs now,
I need to get drugs here.” And David’s is this beautiful 360 view of how an addiction can affect a parent, a family member, a loved one, a friend. And the way that Nic
describes it when he read it, he didn’t know how devastating what he was doing was to his family. And I think now what surprises me, because we do Q&As with them, is just like their strength of character and the possibilities of love. And it’s something Greta Gerwig said to be cause we’re working on
‘Little Women’ right now: “The most important things
in life are cliches,” and it is symptomatic
of what we’re living in to be cynical or disillusioned, and it can be harder but it’s
not like you’re going to make a whole difference pressing
a little thing each time, it’s a little bit of this,
you can impact a little bit. What people want, they
want accurate reflections. They want a mirror, basically. – Authenticity, right. – [Timothée] Yeah. – Yep. – And the demand for content,
whether that’s Netflix or Hulu or Apple’s making stuff. I saw a thing that said AT&T original in the street the other day. (group laughs) Apparently they’re making things. So there’s so much out there,
especially as a young actor I think your first dream is like, how can I be economically self sufficient? Like that first time you
could pay your check, and you didn’t do any other
job, you’re like what? – That’s success right there. – Yeah. (group laughs) – [Stephen] What surprised
you most about fame? – What has surprised me the most is, I was rehearsing this play ‘Prodigal Son’ which was in the same
space that Mahershala was rehearsing a play at Second Stage, this was four or five years ago. It’s about a young person
bursting out of their constraints, and whether cause the tickets
were too pricey at the theater or something, basically
no young people saw it. Which was fine, I was happy to be working. But I had this fear, I
was like, oh am I getting into something that’s like opera or ballet or something, that’s becoming an art form that is not as viable or something? And what’s been very
inspiring about my experience or something is I haven’t really worked on a commercial movie yet
besides ‘Interstellar’. Like, ‘Call Me by Your Name’
was like an art-house movie. – [Guests] Yeah. – A lot of young people saw it. And that makes me really hopeful, because it makes me feel like I’m starting a career in something that’s viable, and that as an art form is viable. So anything beyond that,
maybe I’ll regret saying this, but at least for now I’m
like, this is fucking awesome. (group laughs) (instrumental techno music)


  • Reply alisha December 11, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    he's so wise

  • Reply TOMÁS J December 12, 2018 at 12:07 am

    im craving af Chalamet with luis paetow on film… dear MOVIEGODZ make it happen, pleeease!! BRASIL agradece,kkk @

  • Reply Camila December 12, 2018 at 12:46 am

    My Timmy is so eloquent. So proud :’)

  • Reply AN. Chavez December 12, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I don’t get why this kid is this table with this man! Am sorry he is to i the same level of experience, emotional and maturity

  • Reply blaze hi December 12, 2018 at 5:21 am

    I feel like everyone is really listening to him

  • Reply vishal vivek December 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    OMG this is a miracle Galloway didn't interrupt once?

  • Reply Dawn Evans December 12, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    I have to admit his presentation of himself was captivating and professional. He clearly knew what he was talking about which is proof he came to impress not just relying on his looks and his already blossomed career to speak for him

  • Reply lanethelame December 13, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I love that even though he seems so new to all of this, he seems to fit in so well into the discussion and capture everyone's attention. You can obviously tell it's about a passion for what he does, both being part of stories and being able to tell them, that makes him so unique. I can only imagine the things he will do in the years to come and i just hope he stays his genuine self!

  • Reply Kaffekaffe Kaffe December 14, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Why him. He is a featus

  • Reply Shahirah Noor azam December 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

    hello timothée, what books do u read? films that u watch?? songs that u listen to? art that you consume??? he seems so intelligent

  • Reply Hussein Kambar December 14, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Not a fan of him and I didn’t get all the hype for his role in CMBYN but he smashed in Beautiful Boy, he deserves to be on that table and definitely deserves an Oscar nomination.

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  • Reply 1848 Zollverein December 15, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    In the first few seconds that I watched this video, I had a feeling that Timmy is a green, youthful sprout in a deep forest. But after the full video, not only is he a breath of fresh air, but the depth he brings to this roundtable is well beyond his years. The way he presents his ideas and engage others is compelling. I am only 3 years older than him but I feel like Timmy could be my teacher or even mentor. He’s just 23 and he already has 2 Oscar nominations (I bet his second nom is coming this year for Beautiful Boy). Here I dare say he would be the male version of the next Meryl Streep and I look forward to watching his long career unfold and glow til only God knows when it ends. Keep working, Timmy! ^_^// your fan from Hong Kong

  • Reply Al Turay December 15, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Timothee is really getting better at interviews, maintaining eye contact etc

  • Reply furansizuka December 15, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Some comments are so pressed by this talented brilliant young and beautiful actor. It means one thing: You're doing great, Timmy 😀

  • Reply Anna Sophie December 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I love how you can literally tell from everyone’s faces how impressed they are by Timmys intelligence and eloquence at his young age!

  • Reply Leon Kane December 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    up until 0:40 everybody is looking at Timmy as if they're looking a ghost , wide open and no blink , hahaha

  • Reply Leon Kane December 15, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    That Greta Gerwig photo though

  • Reply Faten Rebhi December 16, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Such an inspiration ❤

  • Reply John Mertz December 16, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Bright young guy.

  • Reply Linda Yusof December 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Oh inspiring to see such a talented young actor together talking so eloquently

  • Reply softseraphine December 16, 2018 at 10:23 am

    the way they all look at him, with full concentration, timothée really is a gift to the world <3

  • Reply j Hawkins December 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Mental illness is not taken seriously.

  • Reply Latricia Davidson December 16, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    love timmiiiiieeeeeee

  • Reply Zhsiyditxoycitx Urdtifiyf December 16, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Ugh he’s so hot and smartiswbixnsidneodj I want to die

  • Reply Sunheng Tain December 17, 2018 at 2:30 am

    vocal fry

  • Reply Keegan Ollerhead December 17, 2018 at 5:18 am

    okay but he's the youngest of any of them. and you can tell that they all have an immense respect for him.

  • Reply yasyasyoa6 December 17, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Not only he's smart, eloquent and captivating but he also serves so much FACE ! I love it.

  • Reply Katie Thomazin December 18, 2018 at 5:50 am


  • Reply afonsords December 19, 2018 at 3:18 am

    There's something so refreshing about him. He doesn't pander to young girls nor does he try at all to be that stereotypical "cute-macho" young male rising star. He's intelligent, cultured and genuinely focused on his own craft and art.

  • Reply Teresa Gibson December 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Hearing all the stories these actors talked about makes me respect them more. They're all so smart and insightful.

  • Reply heroinhero69 December 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    he just did my boy mac miller ugly

  • Reply Sarifa Xionic December 20, 2018 at 3:30 am

    He got me crying listening to him talk about this.

  • Reply friederike mlr December 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    the tragedy is that all his movies are at least partly sold to an audience that watches because of his physical appearance, and completely disregards the message he wants to give out to the world.

  • Reply rockysocky December 20, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Can he just marry me already?

  • Reply Gerald O'Hare December 21, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Damn he is versatile.

  • Reply don rob777 December 21, 2018 at 5:53 am

    If Timmy T is in it
    I will buy a ticket

  • Reply Melissa Ngai December 21, 2018 at 8:53 am

    He's such a wonderful person

  • Reply Melissa Ngai December 21, 2018 at 8:55 am

    His maturity and well-spoken manner is so amazing and it demands the attention and respect from everyone. Just look at this amazing table completely absorbed by what he has to say.

  • Reply Danica D December 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Don't want to be "that" guy but why are there no women at the table?

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    Reply if you want to know about opioid interrupter therapy rehab in Europe.

  • Reply Ellen L. R. P. O'Brien December 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I like Timothee a lot. He's very moral.

  • Reply Glenn Laroche December 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Oddly, or not, this convinced me how awesome he's going to be in Dune.

  • Reply you are deep and I love drowning December 24, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Ok he's a beautiful!

  • Reply Jib M December 25, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Damn what a roundtable this is holy crap

  • Reply Rae Santos December 29, 2018 at 4:36 am

    imagine being this attractive and smart

  • Reply Annie Chen December 29, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I loved how when answering the question about his fame, he didn't point to personal inconveniences that come with celebrity but to celebrating how awesome it is people are viewing the projects that he is a part of. It is clear from how he speaks about the opioid epidemic that he is very knowledgeable about the crisis at hand and the effects on the individual and the surrounding community of family and friends. He is a true actor who cares deeply about his craft. Can't wait to see his upcoming projects in the future.

  • Reply Tea Marcon December 31, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    the way he talks, so beautifully and articulate….I'm entranced

  • Reply Gabby Morales January 3, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I feel like my IQ goes up 50 points whenever I listen to him speak.

  • Reply jadrianpaul rj January 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Your growing now but you'll still be our Lil' Timmy Tim ?

  • Reply brooklyn farris January 4, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    we’re so lucky we get to know timothee chalamet

  • Reply Victor Delgado January 5, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Hugh and Viggo love Timothée

  • Reply Charlie January 5, 2019 at 6:33 am

    What I like about him apart from he's an hell of an actor is that he is always articulate whatever interview he is. Perfect.

  • Reply Max Marriott January 7, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    If Timothee is playing Paul Atreides in Dune, make Hugh Jackman Duke Leto. Jus sayin.

  • Reply Sayak Choudhury January 7, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    He seems so mature now

  • Reply Stephanie Rodriguez Camarillo January 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I just got pregnant

  • Reply Rekaert January 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    What a table to sit at …

  • Reply bee January 16, 2019 at 3:23 am

    he’s gotta be one of the most brilliant people on this planet right now

  • Reply Viicky Barrios López January 21, 2019 at 9:09 am

    So, where's the roundtable? I need it ?

  • Reply chicken8wings January 22, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I don’t even know him but I feel so proud watching him?? I’ve been following his work and interviews since CMBYN. Hahah if he were my son wow I would feel enormous pride

  • Reply Fabery, Lauren (12A) [Ac+] January 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Loveee him for everything that he is

  • Reply eyesintheroad January 25, 2019 at 12:52 am

    "Yeah… I'm destroying myself… is my right" Damn, pretty much summed up my 20s.

  • Reply Anja Plushenka January 27, 2019 at 9:32 pm


  • Reply Ayesha Jasmine January 28, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Its so amazing how intentively everyone is listening to his amazing words I loved this so much

  • Reply Ianloves Mickey February 1, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Timothee is such a intelligent and articulate young man when he talk, managing to hold his fellow actors around the table attention.

  • Reply MA Za February 7, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I watched this video just because Timothee is here, Truly ….

  • Reply shubhangi Gupta February 22, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Timmy is a total snacc

  • Reply Virgel Christ March 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    He is just so brilliant.

  • Reply Gabi Devis March 13, 2019 at 8:23 am

    The love I have for him is indescribable

  • Reply sofya March 16, 2019 at 5:06 am

    not to be dramatic or anything but if I don't find my own timothee I'll die

  • Reply Houda St March 17, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I feel like a proud mother !

  • Reply Ayanna seymour March 19, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I love the way the older actors are totally like 'this is kid is amazing'
    Anyone else see Hugh Jackman nodding his head as Timmy was speaking

  • Reply Adrianna Vargas March 20, 2019 at 1:43 am

    please marry me im literally begging at this point

  • Reply Hi I’m Barb March 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I’m so thankful for his existence I swear

  • Reply Margia Gherita March 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I like the way you say things

  • Reply Kelsey K March 24, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    So chronic intractable chronic pain sufferers like me who have obeyed the law should be left to horrific pain and suffering that people are now committing suicide? Everyone metabolizes differently. Genetic testing shows I have a high tolerance to Vicodin so I need a way higher dosage. Only %0.7 of chronic pain sufferers get addicted. Chronic pain sufferers are literally being cut of cold turkey and no doctors or pain management will prescribe, taking CDC guidelines as law.

  • Reply BALENCIAGA ! March 27, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I wish I could be like him… I’m just a loser

  • Reply mary a April 4, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I love his brain ?

  • Reply dani hannah April 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    i have the utmost respect for timothee hal chalamet. he is one of the most genuine actors in the game, does film for the art, not for the fame, and is so eloquent. he has wisdom far beyond his years and gives me hope to inspire the generation after mine and so forth. i am in awe every time i watch him speak about beautiful boy and nic and addiction.

  • Reply Selma Frøyen April 20, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Why is he so gorgeous

  • Reply Salome Awitin April 21, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Naiinlab nanaman akis

  • Reply Đoàn Anh Thư NGUYỄN May 15, 2019 at 8:49 am

    oh god protect this gem from all the corruption in Hollywood please

  • Reply Chloe Fletcher May 15, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    He doesn't do drugs. It's just how he looks.

  • Reply Red East Wind May 16, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    He is soft, smart(very smart actually), beautiful, kind, funny, talented… is he some kind of angel or something?

  • Reply golden butterfly May 27, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    this is timothée being that well educated boy called ellio …

  • Reply Bri Terry May 28, 2019 at 6:35 am

    His cheek bones need to chill the f out some of us are trying to concentrate on what he's saying.

  • Reply Koala June 12, 2019 at 8:10 am

    They are quite literal about "actors" round table aren't they? No women allowed!

  • Reply Mikey Tavarez June 12, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Caucasians are dying on opiates these days…so of course, it matters now in this country….baloney. keep dying…

  • Reply Jessicaha July 22, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I can imagine him an Emma Watson really getting on… Hes so eloquently spoken I literally like HES so young too

  • Reply Ella Roberts August 21, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    i am falling in love with this skinny white boy

  • Reply lisacooks August 26, 2019 at 12:52 am

    People need to realize that not everybody reacts to any chemical in the same way! America is still a puritanical society that does Not accept that EVERY human being reacts differently to every chemical. I wake up BEFORE my surgeon has closed me up. I have to warn my anesthesiologist who never believes me until they are freaking out because I am wide awake and the surgeon JUST made it. The folks from recovery come to get me and they cannot believe that I am chattering away and seem as though nobody ever bothered to put me out! I get to recovery and they are running down the hall to drag their friends in to make bets on how long I have been in Recovery…or how long it has been since hey closed me up after surgery…or how com every other body in the room is drooling…can't put two words together…or are still out after hours? Yet, I am hungry and carrying on a perfectly understandable conversation and I have only been out of surgery for 10 minutes! In every other country they call what my 84 year old Mom and my 61 year old self are as, "Hyper Metabolizers"! Although, puritanical Americans don't believe it until they experience a patient who has had it since infancy like me! As a 2 month old infant in 1958, my Mom had no idea that MOST of the infants on my Dad's side of our family were allergic to Cow's Milk protein and not many women breastfed their babies. Her pediatrician finally gave my Mom a prescription for PHENOBARBITAL to put in my bottle. I was supposed to be out for hours. Mom says I stopped crying for maybe 4 minutes and then was screaming again. She called Dr. Naditch's office. He said , "Didn't you put the scrip in her bottle?" "Of course.", She said. " It doesn't help!" Of course they say it's impossible. No it's not! After both my C-sections, after I was wheeled into recovery after having SPINAL/SADDLE BLOCK, because Epidurals don't work on me ! I felt as if someone poured a can of gasoline on my belly and lit a match. When I asked the nurse for another shot, she said that I could not POSSIBLY move anything or feel anything below my ribs for AT the VERY LEAST 8 more hours. I asked her to remove the sheet from my feet and did a little soft shoe/tap dance for her. My family was laughing when she turned gray and ran down the hall. My Doc looked in and said "That's Lis. Give her another God Damn Shot!" She did. It wasn't until the 2000s that 21 doctors from other countries and an American surgical Nurse ( the nurse is also a Hyper metabolizer) told me that what I have is well known everywhere but here! I have NEVER been afraid of dying from meds. I am TERRIFIED of waking up before they're finished. I also am tired of chronic, excruciating, intractable pain. EVERYBODY is different!

  • Reply Mary Ablaza August 28, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Timothée definitely ROCKS ?

  • Reply jmatt4life September 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Just say NO to drugs!!!

  • Reply dff fff October 16, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Opiates, when used as prescribed, are life changing and life saving drugs.
    Don't demonize substances that provide major pain relief to millions just because a small subset abuse them.

  • Reply Claudine Art October 24, 2019 at 9:31 am

    It must have been quite intimidating to be seated on the table surrounded by the older, more experienced guests and yet he seems to talk with confidence. Good for him.

  • Reply Isabella Wong October 26, 2019 at 4:54 am

    how is he so impeccably well spoken?

  • Reply Ryan Bock November 13, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Love the vodka ad

  • Reply docartsign 911 November 16, 2019 at 4:29 am

    He is here to make a change definitely ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply KB Miller December 1, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    lowkey did not understand a few of the words tim said but it's still such a beautiful response to the questions.

  • Reply Denisse Medina December 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Listen to someone speak and the topics they speak about and you’ll know how smart they truly are ??

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