Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet battle ‘terrifying’ reality of addiction in ‘Beautiful Boy’

NEW YORK – What’s the first thing you do after dropping 18 pounds for your latest Oscar-touted role? 

If you’re “Call Me By Your Name” breakout Timothée Chalamet, who returns to the awards race this fall with Steve Carell in “Beautiful Boy,” you hit up Los Angeles’ Larchmont neighborhood for some hearty Italian food. 

“I got this big thing of spaghetti Bolognese and immediately felt like I was going to hurl,” Chalamet remembers. After weeks of subsisting off high-protein, low-calorie mini-meals, “my body wasn’t really ready for it. I had to build my appetite back up.” 

The drastic weight loss was a grueling necessity for addiction drama “Beautiful Boy” (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles; expands through October, goes nationwide Nov. 9), which is based on the real-life memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff.

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Chalamet plays Nic, a bright and sensitive teenager from an upper-middle-class family in San Francisco whose collegiate dreams are curbed by his spiraling meth addiction. Carell co-stars as his concerned dad David, who struggles to understand when and why his eldest son turned to drugs and whether there was anything he could’ve done to prevent it. 

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