Timothée Chalamet Reveals How Tom Cruise Inspired His Dune: Part Two Performance

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Timothée Chalamet explains how an inspiring email from Tom Cruise impacts his upcoming performance in Dune: Part Two. Timothée Chalamet says he received an inspiring email from Tom Cruise that was “like a war cry” for his upcoming performance in Dune: Part Two.

In a recent GQ article, Chalamet revealed that after finishing Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One, he met Tom Cruise. The legendary actor then sent Chalamet an email that served as inspiration for his upcoming role as the exiled Paul Atreides, who is discovering a new world while battling the Emperor’s treachery. He basically argued that no one would hold you to that standard today because you wouldn’t have dancing and fighting training in Old Hollywood. So, the decision is yours, Chalamet told GQ. A list of all the specialists Chalamet could want for stunt training was provided in the email, including coaches for motorcycles and helicopters.

This email was “like a war cry” for Chalamet as he prepared to film Dune: Part Two. Filming over the summer and fall of 2022, Chalamet found more inspiration from Crusie by watching the Academy Award nominated film Top Gun: Maverick eight times, including one occasion where he rented out an entire theater for the cast and crew of Dune to watch the film. “Top Gun was just hugely inspiring to me last summer when we were making Dune,” Chalamet said. “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.”

Top Gun: Maverick was one of the highest-grossing movies of 2022 and received accolades for its realistic flight sequences, which involved the ensemble performing in actual fighter jets outfitted with cameras as U.S. Navy pilots flew for long periods of time. Cruise, who is renowned for pulling off his own stunts, is always encouraging his coworkers to reach their maximum potential. Chalamet started to step up his level of preparation for his roles, evidently taking Cruise’s vision for great cinema to heart.

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In the GQ piece, Villeneuve remarked on Chalamet’s growth as an actor and compared it to Paul’s character arc from a boy to a man, adding, “It was the first time that I witnessed someone growing in front of my camera.” When it came to the brutal action scenes in Part Two, which is referred to as a “war movie” with parts of a love story, Villeneuve stated that Chalamet felt more prepared than in Part One. On set, Chalamet’s development caught on, and Villeneuve could see how his performance motivated the rest of the cast.

While Chalamet may not be dancing in Dune: Part Two, he is lending that skill to his titular character in Wonka. The origin story for Roald Dahl’s beloved candy maker, Willy Wonka, will see Chalamet singing and dancing as he becomes the famed Wonka. The actor’s performance was praised by director Paul King, who compared Chalamet’s singing to the first multimedia star in Hollywood, Bing Crosby.
Dune: Part Two will be released in theaters on March 15, 2024.

 

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