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Timothée Chalamet opens up about his film Beautiful Boy and the way it has transformed him causing him to speak up for addiction recovery and rehabilitation. Having a career built on a strong record of groundbreaking movies and characters, at such as young age, has enlightened the actor into having experiences that are more than just acting. He becomes the character, the role and embodies the soul of the persona he is playing on-screen, and off-screen it adds to who he is as a person in a cathartic manner.

In an interview with W Magazine, he mentions that he hopes that Beautiful Boy, a movie about a person in the throes of addiction, will show people the reality of substance abuse and recovery,  as he asserts, “I feel so lucky to that I’ve been able to, work on things that are eye-opening.” The film is based on the true story of Nic Sheff, and his father David Sheff and their journey out of a family gripped by the son (Nic) being addicted to drugs and his struggles while overcoming the problem.

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Photo: Timothée Chalamet & Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy. StudioCanal

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Photo: Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy. Amazon Studios

Timothée Chalamet Steve Carell Beautiful Boy Amazon Studios 2

Photo: Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy. Amazon Studios

 Chalamet goes on to state that stereotyping drug addiction is an error that everyone should avoid, as he affirms, “And that was the learning grace of this movie for me; addiction doesn’t have a face, it has no preferred class, or gender, or race.” He hopes that the movie will push audiences to be “uncomfortable” and stop the unhealthy and pointless easy rhetoric, of “Oh, well, that doesn’t affect me or my family or my friends” as the truth is that drug abuse is everywhere.

Chalamet takes solace in the fact that people “are really grateful and thankful” that the movie and its story is “saving their lives.” But he takes it further by using his platform to talk about the dangerous fact there is ZERO regulation for rehabilitation center regulation in America, which worries him, as he mentions, “There’s no rehabilitation center regulation in America. Anyone can open a rehab, basically”, and he goes on to warn, “And for these really intense substances, you don’t want to be swinging your shot.”

There’s a lot more coming from Timothée Chalamet, and we are waiting, with our eyes, ears, and hearts open for a lot more.

By Pritan Ambroase

CALL TO ACTION: Since Timothée Chalamet has spoken up about the need to open people’s eyes about drug addiction and the need for better rehabilitation center regulation, Hollywood Insider would like to help this cause further. We would like to hear from those people who have personal stories about drug addiction, rehabilitation and recovery and any other messages that they think might help others recover. We would love to hear your stories. Please share your stories/messages with us via social media or e-mail. For social media, please use appropriate usernames along with customized hashtags such as #hollywoodinsider #hollywoodinsidersupportsaddictionrecovery: On Instagram, you can tag us on @hollywoodinsider along with your story or DM us. On Twitter, you can tweet us @hollywdinsdr. On Facebook, you can tag us on www.facebook.com/hollywoodinsidernetwork. Or email us: press@hollywoodinsider.com

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, please visit National Drug Helpline by clicking here and you can also call 1-888-633-3239 to reach them directly.

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  • Pritan Ambroase is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Hollywood Insider. He authored the new mission statement which reads: "Hollywood Insider focuses on substance and meaningful entertainment, so as to utilize media as a tool to unite and better our world, by combining entertainment, education and philanthropy, while being against gossip and scandal." It is with that particular intention and under his leadership that Hollywood Insider has transformed into a trusted media platform across multiple channels. Ambroase is also a producer, film director, motivational speaker and a talk show host with a new one in development. Alongside his career in entertainment and media, Ambroase continues to be a passionate humanitarian and a constant human rights activist/advocate. He started the Humans Of Our World Foundation at the age of 19, and named it that specific name as he wanted humans all over the world to unite regardless of mental/political/physical borders. For the past 14 years, he has actively stood up against injustices and atrocities across the world. He believes in the power of empathy and uses that tool to be there for others across all borders. Some of the many causes he has stood up for - easy accessibility to education,  anti-sexual harassment, disaster relief, healthcare, justice for black, brown and minority ethnic communities, marriage equality, refugee assistance, rebuilding villages, education reform, women's rights, rebrand Africa, police reform, prison reform, anti-segregation in governmental infrastructure, classification of animals as sentient beings, pro-LGBTQ families, anti-trafficking, anti-drug abuse, equity, differently-abled assistance, etc. The foundation's celebrity supporters are Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley OBE, Bear Grylls, Amanda Holden, Andy Serkis and many others. For more on his biography, please click here. It is his passion for cinema, entertainment and media that drives him to utilize his platform and media to unite all and make our world a better place, all the while entertaining, transforming and educating. It is his long and varied experience in entertainment, education and philanthropy which led him to combine those three elements and include them in Hollywood Insider's mission statement. To read more about his intention, vision and goals for the media network, please visit the Our Values page by clicking on the link.

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