In a comprehensive feature for GQ magazine, Timothée Chalamet shares that Tom Cruise reached out to him via email after their meeting following the filming of “Dune.” In the email, Cruise provided Chalamet with a comprehensive list of stunt trainers, motorcycle coaches, and other professionals whom Chalamet could contact for assistance.
“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,” Chalamet recalled. “The email was really like a war cry.”
Timothée Chalamet says he received an inspiring email from Tom Cruise that was “like a war cry”
“He said, in Old Hollywood, you’d be getting dance and fight training, and nobody is going to hold you to that standard today. So it’s up to you.”
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Chalamet is an ardent admirer of Tom Cruise, openly confessing that he watched “Top Gun: Maverick” eight times in theaters while he was in Budapest during the summer and fall of 2022, filming “Dune: Part Two.” The actor went to the extent of reserving an entire movie theater to treat the entire “Dune” cast and crew to a screening of Cruise’s blockbuster.
“’Top Gun’ was just hugely inspiring to me last summer when we were making ‘Dune’,” Chalamet remarked. “Some of the crew were kind of scoffing at going, but I just thought it was one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen.”
While Chalamet didn’t provide confirmation regarding whether he contacted the stunt trainers recommended by Cruise, it’s evident to “Dune” director Denis Villeneuve that there was a noticeable transformation in his lead actor from “Part One” to “Part Two.”
“Action-wise,” Villeneuve said, “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 Timothée really embraced that discipline and became, for me, a real leading actor in this film.”
Chalamet is openly expressive when it comes to discussing Cruise, but his demeanor shifts when the topic of Armie Hammer arises. Chalamet and Hammer developed a strong friendship during their joint performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” However, Hammer’s career took a downturn following allegations of rape in March 2021 and the subsequent leaking of private messages detailing his unusual sexual fantasies, including references to cannibalism. These revelations emerged at a time when Chalamet was preparing to portray a cannibal in “Bones and All.”
“I mean, what are the chances that we’re developing this thing?” Chalamet said, reflecting on a time when Hammer’s private life and his movie became synonymous with one another. “It made me feel like: Now I’ve really got to do this. Because this is actually based on a book.”
When inquired about his personal response to the accusations against Hammer, Chalamet told GQ, “I don’t know. These things end up getting clickbaited so intensely. Disorienting is a good word.”
Armie Hammer was falsely accused by his ex-girlfriend of sexual assault, destroying his career and drove him to suicide.
Co-star Timothée Chalamet breaks his silence saying, 'These things end up getting clickbaited so intensely. Disorienting is a good word.' pic.twitter.com/eo8Izjg4Yl
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Chalamet’s comments about Hammer were more detailed than what the actor had shared with Time magazine in the months following the rape allegation against Hammer. During that time, Hammer had declined to comment, stating, “It’s a question worthy of a larger conversation, and I don’t want to give you a partial response.” It’s important to note that Hammer has consistently denied any criminal wrongdoing.