Timothée Chalamet says social media makes it ‘tough to be alive’: ‘Societal collapse is in the air’

Actor Timothée Chalamet has said the world is on the edge of a “societal collapse” due to social media.

The 26-year-old, attending the Venice Film Festival to promote his upcoming movie Bones and All, discussed at a press conference how people who lived before social media navigated their way through life.

He was specifically describing his character, a cannibal who lived in the ’80s, but compared living then to living now.

“To be young now, and to be young whenever – I can only speak for my generation – is to be intensely judged,” Chalamet said.

“I can’t imagine what it is to grow up without the onslaught of social media, and it was a relief to play characters who are wrestling with an internal dilemma absent the ability to go on Reddit, or Twitter, Instagram or TikTok and figure out where they fit in.”

Timothee Chalamet at the Venice International Film Festival 2022. (Rocco Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

The actor, known for his roles in Little Women, Lady Bird and Dune, added: “Without casting judgment on that, you can find your tribe there, but I think it’s tough to be alive now. I think societal collapse is in the air – or it smells like it – and, without being pretentious, that’s why hopefully movies matter, because that’s the role of the artist. To shine a light on what’s going on.”

Chalamet does not use social media often, but posted the trailer for Bones and All on Twitter. The film is directed by Luca Guadagnino, who also helmed Call Me by Your Name.

He did, however, break his social media ban to post cryptic tweets in reference to bones, understood now to be referring to Bones and All, posting the trailer the same day.

Chalamet also posted this (iconic) tweet referring to his 2021 sci-fi flick Dune:

The description of the Bones and All teases, “a story of first love” between characters (and cannibals) Maren (Taylor Russell) and Lee (Timothée Chalamet) who undertake on a “1,000-mile odyssey that takes them through the back roads, hidden passages, and trap doors of Ronald Reagan’s America”. It is released on 23 November.