Is ‘Beautiful Boy’ Based On A True Story? Timothee Chalamet’s New Role Is So Emotional

Timothee Chalamet is one of Tumblr’s biggest obsessions, ever since his turn last year in Call Me By Your Name. He made history with his Academy Award as the youngest man to ever be nominated for Best Actor at the age of 22. He lost out to Gary Oldman, but this year he’s back in another role certain to be awards bait this coming fall. The film is called Beautiful Boy, the story of a teenage meth addict struggling to get clean. Is Beautiful Boy based on a true story? Tragically, yes.

Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, and Steve Carrell, best known for his role of Michael Scott in the American version of The Office, plays his father David. Carrell is no stranger to Oscar nominations either. Though he’s best known for comedy, he was nominated back in 2015 for his role as John du Pont in Foxcatcher. Since then he’s done other dramas, such as Freeheld, where he plays gay rights activist Steven Goldstein, as well as The Big Short, in which he portrayed banker Steve Eisman. The latter earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor as well.

The two of them look to be an unstoppable emotional tour-de-force in the next film. Check out the trailer, and get out your hankies.

The film is based on not one memoir, but two. Both Nic and David wrote their own takes on the experience. Nic’s was released first in 2007 and is entitled Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. David’s arrived a few months later in 2008 and is called Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. The title of the film being derived from the latter. Both were New York Times bestsellers.

The synopsis for Tweak is as follows:


Here’s the synopsis for Beautiful Boy:

Sheff’s book, and Nic’s concurrent memoir, both grew out of David Sheff’s The New York Times Magazine 2005 article, "My Addicted Son."

Since then both have gone on to write follow-ups, including David Sheff’s Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy and Nic Sheff’s We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction.

The film Beautiful Boy is being released via Amazon Studios, which is also promoting both memoirs as well via Amazon’s bookseller arm.

Beautiful Boy arrives in theaters on Oct. 12, 2018.

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