Timothee Chalamet, left, and Steve Carell in a scene from "Beautiful Boy." (Francois Duhamel/Amazon Studios)
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Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet both knew the addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" hinged on the father-son relationship.The movie is based on the twin memoirs of David Sheff and his son, Nic, about each's perspective on Nic's decade-long, nearly fatal plunge into meth addiction. The meeting is vivid to Carell, too. For him and everyone else in the room, it was instantly clear Chalamet (whose breakthrough Oscar-nominated role in "Call Me By Your Name" hadn't yet come out) was the right choice.A year after Chalamet impressed audiences in his chemistry with Armie Hammer in "Call Me By Your Name," "Beautiful Boy" teams him with another veteran actor who has likewise been something of a mentor to the 22-year-old Chalamet. The two found they had a natural affinity for each other despite being generations apart. Chalamet grew up an "Office" fan and in an interview last month over coffee, was most eager to hear the 56-year-old Carell's "Daily Show" stories.Being on book tours together and now with the movie has given both father and son time to talk through everything.Before shooting began, Chalamet had lunch with Nic, and Carell met David, who also visited the set several times.For Carell, the film resonates most deeply as a story about a family that is flawed but full of love.
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