Timothée Chalamet makes his Martin Scorsese feature debut in Scorsese’s “most difficult” project to date.
The Oscar-nominated actor directs the Bleu de Chanel men’s fragrance campaign for Chanel, author Scorsese directs the latest commercial. Actress Havana Liu Rose stars in the sensual campaign that captures an obsessive young love story.
Chalamet told GQ in conversation with Scorsese that the ad “isn’t reminiscent of other commercials.” […] in a good way,” adding that he didn’t want audiences “to feel like it was a product.”
Scorsese called directing a commercial an “intense” process. The “Killers of the Flower Moon” director, whose latest feature is three and a half hours long, explained why it’s even harder for a director to make a one-minute commercial.
“When you think about telling a story in 60 seconds, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been making pictures and how long you’ve been trying to tell stories, that’s a real workout,” Scorsese said a look behind the scenes when displaying. “That’s probably the hardest part.”
Scorsese recently told the Hindustan Times that audiences should not complain about long running times of films as cinema deserves “respect”.
“People say it’s three hours, but come on, you can sit in front of the TV and watch something for five hours,” Scorsese said. “There are also a lot of people who watch theater for 3.5 hours. There are real actors on stage, you can’t stand up and walk around. You give him that respect. Give the cinema some respect.”
He added: “I played with each film so that I could find a new way to tell the story. Sometimes a story without a plot. I like storylines, but I often find them tiresome. You have to find the visual and auditory way to tell a story through your heart. The images and sounds should reflect your feelings. And that means to edit or not to edit, when not to edit.”
Actor Chalamet said GQ that Scorsese asked him during the Chanel commercial production if Chalamet had ever seen Fellini’s 1968 short film “Toby Dammit.”
“We were in Queens at four in the morning and he was jumping up the subway stairs,” Chalamet said of Scorsese. “It should have occurred to me sooner that I was trying to find something to work on with him. Yes, it’s a perfume ad, but for me it was an opportunity for a tremendous education.”
Chalamet added Fashion Earlier this year about working with legendary filmmaker Scorsese, saying: “I have some friends who aren’t that interested in the high fashion industry, but when I tell them that I’m making a short film with Martin Scorsese in New York do, their ears are pricked up. He lives and breathes filmmaking. The conversations we had over Zoom were extremely enthusiastic. For him it’s like being on a treadmill.”
Chalamet met Scorsese through Robbie Robertson, the band’s late guitarist, who toured with Bob Dylan and whose music accompanies Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Chalamet portrays Dylan in the biopic “A Complete Unknown,” for which he will sing himself. The film will be directed by James Mangold and production will begin in August.
“I’ve been preparing for ages,” Chalamet added to Vogue.
Chalamet previously fronted an Apple TV+ Super Bowl campaign, begging the streamer for a job and even asking to work with “Killers of the Flower Moon” director Scorsese. “Scorsese, DiCaprio, De Niro,” Chalamet said in the TV spot, referring to the western film that will premiere at Cannes in 2023. “Hey Apple, call me?”
Check out the Chanel ad below.