Los Angeles :
“Call Me By Your Name” star Timothee Chalamet has revealed that before he started acting, he thought he could be an athlete.
The 23-year-old actor was speaking at the 30th Palm Springs International Film Festival, where he received the Spotlight Award for his performance in the film “Beautiful Boy”. According to Variety, Chalamet said during his teenage years, he wanted to follow the footsteps of basketball star LeBron James and Argentina’’s footballer Lionel Messi.
“There’’s a moment when you’’re growing up where you realize the adults around you, your parents, they’’re all just people. Everyone is just a messy human, and today that’’s what inspires me the most in my acting,” he said. “But that realization at first, that we’’re all vulnerable, is kind of scary and defeating. At first I wanted to be a professional athlete, think LeBron James and Lionel Messi. They inspired me with their invincibility,” he added.
The actor said he, however, soon realised that he lacked the “athletic talent” to achieve to what James and Messi have achieved. “I looked in the mirror and I humbly realised I’’d never be an athlete for many reasons. Freakishly small frame but more importantly my very glaring lack of athletic talent,” he added.