Timothée Chalamet May Ignore Leonardo DiCaprio’s Advice on ‘No Superhero Movies,’ and More News

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In the star-studded universe of Hollywood, advice from a titan like Leonardo DiCaprio is akin to a sacred script — and for the charismatic Timothée Chalamet, a pearl of wisdom from DiCaprio has become a guiding star. But as the winds of change sweep through Tinseltown, it seems even the staunchest principles are up for negotiation.

During a candid chat with British Vogue in September 2022, the dazzling Wonka star shared a nugget of gold from his Don't Look Up co-star’s treasury of advice. Leonardo’s golden rule? “No hard drugs and no superhero movies.” A mantra that has seemingly steered both luminaries clear of superhero franchises, at least until now.

Flash forward to the Dune: Part Two press whirlwind, and Chalamet drops a bombshell with the New York Times — the superhero screen, once a cinematic anathema, might just be his next frontier. “Well, Leonardo DiCaprio said to me, ‘No superhero movies, no hard drugs.’ Which I thought was very good,” mused Chalamet. Yet, the fire for the genre burns bright within him, ignited by none other than The Dark Knight. “If the script was great, if the director was great, I’d have to consider it,” he reveals, threading the line between fidelity and aspiration.

Why this sudden softening towards caped crusades? A hint lies in Chalamet's reverence for Christopher Nolan‘s masterpiece, The Dark Knight, a film that transformed a wide-eyed 12-year-old Timothee into a budding actor with a burning passion. Fast forward from a mesmerizing night at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, and Chalamet confesses at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards (as reported by Variety), “I left that theater a changed man.”

This isn't just idle fanboy chatter. Chalamet's admiration for Heath Ledger‘s groundbreaking performance is palpable — a performance that not only cemented Ledger’s legacy but also planted the seeds of possibility in a young Timothee's heart. “It was visceral and viral to me, and I now had the acting bug,” he shared with a touch of nostalgia.

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