Over the weekend, Timothée Chalamet’s agent shut down reports that the actor had auditioned for the lead role in Gladiator 2.
Rumors started to spread across the internet after the news broke Ordinary people Star Paul Mescal is set to take on the role in the Ridley Scott sequel, V.I.T final date.
Aside from that, unverified reports claimed that other contenders for the role included the likes of Austin Butler, Miles Teller, and Timothée Chalamet.
However, Timothée’s agent, Brian Swardstrom, quickly entered the conversation to refute the viral rumors.
“I know one of these actors has been filming in the Middle East for the past several months – and hasn’t been auditioned for anything in over 7 years,” Swardstrom tweeted.
Brian’s tweet drew mixed reactions from fans, many of whom brought Timothy up Industry connections questionable. The uncle of the 27-year-old is director Rodman Flender, while his maternal grandfather was writer and screenwriter Harold Flender.
Timothy’s mother, Nicole Flender, is also an actress known for her roles in films Bird watcher And in the heat of passion.
Given that Timothy – who became famous after starring in the 2017 movie Call me by your name Along with Armie Hammer – and his sister, Pauline Chalamet, who are both famous actors, some people have wondered if their success in the industry is due in part to their family connections.
Because of this, many fans argued that Timothée not taking part in any auditions in 7 years was proof of his excellence in the Hollywood industry.
“His agent said he hadn’t auditioned for 7 years like it was a proud achievement,” one person wrote on Twitter. “This is not the flex you think it is,” he said else.
“Hollywood gives him special treatment. Chalamet is Nebo’s baby but not many people know that, but he has an uncle in the industry that opens a lot of doors for him,” one wrote.
In turn, fans have begun to discuss how more and more actors can be cast for roles through “networking and connections” rather than relying solely on talent.
“That’s why movies suck now, casting is done through networking and connections rather than taking the time to find out who is the most talented through auditions,” a user said. He said.
“There are real conversations to be had about white privilege, but timothee chalamet doesn’t audition for roles, does he. People to discuss the way other actors from marginalized groups are represented” often had the same opportunities despite their talent.
The fact that black and brown actors over 20 are still being auditioned, but bc he doesn’t have to be the ‘right guy’ has to be brought up in the discussion of white privilege. Stand by, make money,” said one person.
7 years was a long time before he advanced. Lupita, Octavia or Regina King all talked about having to audition (and rightly so) despite a decade full of critical acclaim. You auditioned to prove you had the right range for the role. Its a profession. Too small to confirm this,” they added.
However, many Twitter users rushed to Timothée’s defense, instead pointing out that while his connections may have helped him break into the industry, it was ultimately his talent that allowed him to remain so successful.
Responding to a tweet that described Timothy as “The well-known Nebo childWhile suggesting his industry connections are the reason he can get roles without an audition, one person writes: “Even if that were true, Chet Hanks doesn’t get any role he wants just because he’s the son of Tom Hanks.” There is the “it” factor that you need to get to this level, regardless of your parents. “
“It’s not ‘white privilege’ that one of the most in-demand actors working today isn’t auditioning. Please be serious, no one denies that white privilege exists, but you can’t turn a conversation about one actor into something else entirely,” said another user.