Chadwick Boseman, Mahershala Ali, Timothee Chalamet, Viggo Mortensen, Richard E. Grant, and Hugh Jackman talk all things acting in The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Actor Roundtable issue.
The tell-all chat sees Chalamet open up about playing an addict in his recent film “Beautiful Boy”, telling the publication how he “felt a real responsibility” after taking on the role.
The actor explains, “Addiction is the biggest killer in the United States right now, more than automobile crashes, more than gun violence.
“It’s not like the ’60s — drugs that maybe amplified your surroundings — now you have opiates. I can imagine you guys know people that have been seriously affected by addiction [but there’s still a sense of] moral failing around it. I felt a real responsibility, not in a fake way or a facetious way, to point some way forward.”
Mortenson, Boseman and Jackman also discuss whether they’d play a transgender character, with the latter saying: “I went into acting because I was interested in trying to work out: What’s the meaning of life? What the hell am I doing here? You may not get the answer while you are filming.
“Sometimes you get the answer 10 years later when the film resonates in a way that it didn’t when it opened. Storytelling is about simply trying to understand the world we live in and putting it in some mythological form so that we can open our hearts to understand.”
Talk then turns to Boseman’s role as the lead character in “Black Panther”, with the actor saying of whether the film’s success changed his views on America: “The results of it did, even the way the studio responded: They put so much into it.
“I never thought I would see a studio say, ‘Yeah, we are going to put the money behind this movie with a mostly black cast,'” he adds to THR.