As Timothée Chalamet marked his presence at the London premiere of ‘Wonka‘, he opened up about how doing the movie was a learning experience for him, especially in terms of dancing. The 27-year-old actor humorously said that “a lot of auto-tune” was involved in the parts where he was required to sing.
Chalamet, known for his grounded and serious roles, said the film was “a great learning experience.” Though the actor has a family background full of dancers — including a mother who is a dance teacher, and a grandmother and a sister who are also dancers — he said there is a difference between being around dance and actually performing it. “I loved it,” he said.
Timothée Chalamet Acknowledges Shift From Serious Roles To Lively Characters
The highly awaited film, where the young actor plays Willy Wonka, needed Timothée Chalamet to get his singing abilities onboard along with dancing. Chalamet said it required him to “live and love the tone.”
Chalamet has been doing movies where his character has a grounded seriousness to it. ‘Wonka‘ on the other hand needed him to get into a free-flowing, glee character.
Acknowledging this shift in acting requisites, Chalamet said, “I realized everything I’ve worked on [has had a] grounded seriousness to it, and here I had to loosen up and play, kind of like I did in high school, but I hadn’t done in 10 years or something. So, that was the learning curve.”
“But once it was in full swing, then it felt like we were cookin‘,” Chalamet added.
‘Wonka’ Director Says Chalamet Did Full Justice To Willy Wonka’s Character
‘Wonka‘ is a prequel to Roald Dahl’s classic novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘, with Chalamet playing the iconic role of Willy Wonka. Director and co-writer Paul King said Chalamet brought a perfect blend of humor, mischief, and mystery to the character, and that he has done an admirable job in doing justice to his character.
“I think what’s so remarkable about his performance is not only that he is funny and mischievous and quite mysterious, as well — just like the Willy Wonka that people will know — but also, he brings such heart to the role and he’s a brilliant actor,” King told People.
Speaking about how the audience may have a natural expectation of seeing Wonka’s energy shine in the film, the director said, “We try to evoke that through these kind of dance sequences there. And there’s a couple of really big numbers in there, and there’s an amazing sort of zero-gravity set piece [and] some really lovely numbers.”