Timothee Chalamet Talks Link Between Opioid Crisis and "Climate of Disillusion"

Chalamet contrasted the spread of opioids and "things that numb your environment" with the popularity of different drugs in the '60s and '70s.

"Addiction is the biggest killer in the United States right now," Timothee Chalamet told The Hollywood Reporter's Actor Roundtable. "It's over 50,000 people a year that die from this. That's more than automobile crashes. That's more than gun violence. That's more than both of those, combined."

Chalamet stars alongside Steve Carell in this year's film Beautiful Boy, where he portrays the son of Carell's character, David Sheff, and deals with a drug addiction.

"A lot of young people go through this, not necessarily the methamphetamine, but things that numb your environment," Chalamet continued. "That's, I think, the most fascinating thing when you think about addiction in the United States right now. In the '60s or the '70s, LSD and marijuana, these were drugs that maybe amplified your surroundings. What you have now with opiates, and I think it's not at all not linked to the climate of disillusion we're in."

"They totally numb your surroundings," the Oscar nominee (Call Me By Your Name) told the roundtable. "So you could be in the worst physical setting, you could be in the nicest physical setting, and it's going to give you the same effect."

"There's still, like, a moral failing of it," Chalamet said. "And weirdly, with people my age, there can be a glorification of it too, and like a martyrdom, like, 'Yeah, I'm destroying myself. It's my right.'"

Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Chalamet, is directed by Felix van Groeningen. The screenplay is adapted from the books Beautiful Boy, by David Sheff, and Tweak, by Nic Sheff.