Tom Cruise is renowned for continuing to perform his daring stunts at a time when most people would consider retiring. However, he is energetic and fortunately, he lacks the crippling alcoholism of Errol Flynn. And in keeping with the great heritage of Old Hollywood, Cruise imparted to a young Timothée Chalamet some of the hard-won wisdom from his many years in the industry.
Chalamet shares the email that kindled a fire under him, which came from stunt professionals endorsed by Cruise, in a new profile published by GQ. “After I met Tom Cruise, right after finishing the first Dune, he sent me the most wonderfully inspiring email,” remarked Chalamet. The email included every specialist he could require for stunt training, ranging from a coach for motorcycles to one for helicopters. Chalamet also added, “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.”
Chalamet went all Cruise control during the filming of Dune: Part Two. He watched Top Gun: Maverick eight times throughout the shoot and even rented out a theatre in Budapest so that the entire cast and crew could see what he considers to be “one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen.” Denis Villeneuve, the director of Dune: Part Two, claims that Cruise’s influence helped the 27-year-old become “a real leading actor on this film.” In terms of action, Villeneuve said GQ, “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.”
However, when controversial the topic of Armie Hammer comes up, Timothy Chalamet becomes even more encased. While appearing together in “Call Me by Your Name,” Chalamet and Hammer grew close, but after Hammer was charged with rape in March 2021, his career took a turn for the worse. Subsequently, the actor’s cannibalism-related sexual fantasies were made public when private messages he had exchanged with other women surfaced online. Chalamet was getting ready to portray a cannibal in “Bones and All” when they came out.
“I mean, what were the chances that we’re developing this thing?“It made me feel like: Now I’ve really got to do this. Because this is actually based on a book.” Chalamet spoke about a period when Hammer’s personal life and his film became interchangeable. Chalamet said to GQ, “I don’t know,” in response to a question about how he handled the accusations against Hammer. “These things end up getting clickbaited so intensely. Disorienting is a good word.”