Oscar Isaac Bonded With Timothée Chalamet On Dune Set

Oscar Isaac Bonded With Timothée Chalamet On Dune Set

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“I just would hold him a lot.” —Oscar Isaac on how he bonded with Timothée Chalamet on the set of Dune.

Oscar Isaac is everywhere right now — and we could not be happier about it.

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The Guatemalan American actor starred in HBO’s 5-episode American remake of the divorce drama Scenes From a Marriage, led the thriller film The Card Counter, and voiced Gomez Addams in the animated The Addams Family 2. And, who could forget about Dune, which is set to premiere in theaters and HBO Max this Friday?

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He also has a slew of projects coming up that are currently in various stages of production.

And before we get into it, I’d just like to take a moment and appreciate Oscar’s fit for this interview. Particularly, I’d like to highlight his gold chain and the [redacted] effect it’s having on me.

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Anyway, the 42-year-old discussed his audition process for Dune, where he was essentially ghosted for two years. “I write to [director] Denis [Villeneuve] and say, ‘I hear you’re doing Dune, big fan over here.’ And then he wrote back, ‘So you’re a fan of Dune? Interesting,'” Oscar said in a mystical voice. “That was it. Didn’t hear anything for two years.”

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But, as we all know, all’s well that ends well! After two years, Denis sent Oscar a script and told him to review it to see where he “fit in.” The Star Wars alum already gravitated toward his character Duke Leto — the powerful and noble leader of House Atreides and father to Timothée Chalamet‘s Paul Atreides — and said he “just knew there was a beard to be explored.”

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To which Jimmy replied, “You have the best beard game in the business.” (To which I say, “It’s true.”) Oscar then replied, “He walks in beard first — any room. So I was ready to unleash that one.” (To which I say thank you.)

When asked how he would bond with his “sweet little baby boy” Timothée, Oscar joked, “I just would hold him a lot, stroke him.” And, thankfully, this isn’t really a joke because there’s photographic evidence of this happening.

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On a sincere note, Oscar then praised Timothée’s skills, saying he rolled with the dynamic and called him a “beautiful and talented actor.” Which just goes to show that Dune is an icons-only movie.

While on set, Oscar and Timothée even exchanged songs on the guitar, which leads us to the most important point of the evening — the Ex Machina star serenading the audience with an original (!) rock ballad-esque lullaby about hippopotamuses. “Here’s the thing, I remember I played it for Jessica [Chastain‘s] daughter, and she started crying. So it can be intense,” he said, before launching into the “Hippo Song.”

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Reader, I can’t even begin to describe the growling Bayou-inspired tune and voice Oscar employs in this song, and how strangely alluring and sexy it is, so you’re just going to have to check it out for yourself here. Meanwhile, here’s a gif of Oscar and Jimmy absolutely jamming out to “Hippo Song” made especially for you.

That’s it from me! Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to be daydreaming about being a guitar for…no reason whatsoever.

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