Timothee Chalamet cheated at Italian in Call Me By Your Name

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 February 2018
Chalamet at London Film Critics' Circle Awards

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet has admitted he was "really winging it" when he was Italian speaking in 'Call Me By Your Name'

Timothee Chalamet was "really winging it" acting in Italian.

The 22-year-old actor is currently being praised for his performance as Elio in the new coming-of-age movie 'Call Me By Your Name' alongside Armie Hammer, but despite having a French heritage, Chalamet admitted when acting in Italian he just tried to remember the lines "phonetically".

Interviewed by Frank Ocean for V Man magazine, Chalamet said: "When I act in French, it's really shocking to me how it feels more grounding than acting in English. I grew up speaking French with my dad, but it's not a language I have as much command over, so when I speak or act in French, the words mean so much to me; I'm so focused. So much of 'Call Me By Your Name' is silent and plays out physically; there's kind of a push and pull. Acting in Italian, I'm really winging it: memorising how the lines sound phonetically, just trying to get the intonations and mannerisms right, so the lines ring true to Italian audiences."

Although he said he was "winging it", Chalamet revealed there was someone on set who would correct him if he ever got something wrong.

He said: "We had someone on set that could correct me. Same for [playing] the piano and guitar. I did a movie called 'Beautiful Boy' this year that involved a lot of drug sequences, and that also felt very important to get right. had a consultant on set for that."

'Call Me By Your Name' - which is based on the novel of the same name - follows the story of a young Italian man named Elio (Chalamet) who meets Oliver (Hammer) after he visits the country to stay at his parents' villa.

The pair then develop a passionate relationship, as they bond over their shared Jewish heritage and their sexuality.

Now, Chalamet has won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and received nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance, BAFTA Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor.

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