Timothée Chalamet Says A Hollywood Icon Told Him Not To Do Drugs Or Superhero Movies

Leonard DiCaprio gave Timothée Chalamet career advice: no hard drugs or superhero movies.

By Douglas Helm | Published

Timothée Chalamet is one of Hollywood’s best young actors and it seems like getting advice from Hollywood legends is just part of the deal when you’re a critical and commercial darling. Recently, Chalamet revealed to British Vogue that Leonardo DiCaprio once advised him “No hard drugs and no superhero movies.” That advice seems to be working just fine for Chalamet so far.

In the 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio was the young heartthrob actor of the day and he turned his career into one full of phenomenal roles and performances. If there’s anyone Timothée Chalamet could get great advice from, Leo seems like the right candidate. The two even starred together in the 2021 film Don’t Look Up, so hopefully, we’ll get more collaborations between the two in the future.

Timothée Chalamet’s most recent project is the decidedly non-superhero film Bones and All, which received an 8-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival premiere. Bones and All marks Chalamet’s second collaboration with filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, who directed Chalamet in his breakout role as Elio in Call Me By Your Name. If the Venice Film Festival reaction is anything to go by, it seems like Bones and All will enjoy similar critical and commercial success.

Unfortunately for Marvel and DC fans, it seems more unlikely than ever that we’ll see Timothée Chalamet appear in a role as a superhero or villain. Unless he decides to go directly against the advice of Leonard DiCaprio (and who among us would do that), then a Chalamet Marvel flick just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards. Of course, things can always change.

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Fortunately, we will be getting more of Timothée Chalamet as the (technically superpowered though not a hero) Paul Atreides in Dune: Part Two. In 2021, Denis Villeneuve pulled off a miracle and adapted the beloved Frank Herbet novel into a film that satisfied most book fans along with general audiences. Now we’ll get to see if they can stick the landing when Dune: Part Two hits theaters on November 17, 2023.

Along with Timothée Chalamet as Paul, Dune: Part Two will bring back Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Zendaya as Chani, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Dave Bautista as Beast Rabban, and Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen. Fans are especially excited to see some fan-favorite book characters come to life with the new additions to the cast. Austin Butler will be playing Feyd Rautha-Harkonnen, Florence Pugh will be playing Princess Irulan, Christopher Walken will be playing Emperor Shaddam IV, and Lea Seydoux will be playing Lady Margot.

Along with Dune: Part Two, Timothée Chalamet has another interesting blockbuster scheduled for a 2023 release. Chalamet will be the third actor to play the Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka in the upcoming Wonka. However, instead of focusing on Charlie’s trip to the chocolate factory, this movie will follow a younger Wonka on one of his early adventures when he first meets the Oompa Loompas.

You won’t have to wait too long to see Chalamet’s next film. You can see him in Bones and All when it has a wide release on November 23. Dune Part: Two and Wonka will both hit theaters in 2023, with a November 17 release for the former and a December 15 release for the latter.