Timothy Chalamet sparked a discussion about nepotism in Hollywood after his agent said the actor had not “auditioned for anything” for more than seven years.
Last week (January 7), agent Brian Swardstrom denied reports that Chalamet had auditioned for the lead role in Gladiator 2. Butler, Miles Teller and Chalamet also auditioned for the role.
In response , Svardstrom tweeted: “I know one of these actors has been shooting a movie in the Middle East for the last few months — and he hasn’t auditioned for anything for over seven years.”
Although it is common for actors of a certain level of fame not to audition for roles, some have questions about Chalamet’s connections with the industry. His uncle is director Rodman Flender, and his mother Nicole Flender has played in two feature films.
I know one of these actors was shooting a film in the middle east for the past several months – and he hasn’t auditioned for anything in more than 7 years.
— Brian Swardstrom (@brianswardstrom) January 7, 2023
His sister Pauline Chalamet is also an actress who starred in the comedy “The King of Staten Island” and HBO’s “The Sex Life of College Girls.”
“Hollywood pays special attention to him,” a Twitter user wrote in response. “Shalame is a nepo child, but many do not know this, but he has an uncle in the industry who opens many doors for him.”
Claims of nepotism have been criticized by others. Writer Sam Greisman wrote: “I beg people who have no idea how the film and television industry works to stop talking about it.”
Another wrote: “Timothy Chalamet has never had to audition for more than seven years, because he’s just so talented and so in demand, there’s no big conspiracy here, and I’m begging some of you to stop talking about it without joking.” knowledge of how the industry actually works.”
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there are real conversations to be had about white privilege, but timothee chalamet not auditioning for roles rn isn’t it. this is where he is in his career, he’s not the first actor to be in this position, and he won’t be the last.
— June (@darkromancejune) January 7, 2023
the fact that black & brown actors with 20+ years careers are still auditioning, but he doesn’t have to bc he is the “it guy” should be brought up in the white privilege discussion. cause he has yet to reach a “every movie I’ve been the lead, has made profits” status.
— BADIE (@thedulcebony) January 7, 2023
Chalamet is set to reprise his role as Paul Atreides in Dune: Part Two alongside Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson and Dave Batista. The sequel, which also starred Florence Pugh and Austin Butler, will be released on November 3, 2023.
He is also going to play a young Willy Wonka in the upcoming musical fantasy film “Wonka” directed by Paul King (Paddington). The film, which is due to be released in December, also stars Sally Hawkins, Olivia Colman and Keegan-Michael Key.