Timothée Chalamet had to lose 25 lbs for his role as Nic Sheff. He also had a Consultant/Doctor on set to ensure his acting was realistic and authentic as to a drug addict.
Cameron Crowe was once attached to direct with Mark Wahlberg in the lead role.
Steve Carell and Amy Ryan previously appeared together as a couple in The Office (US).
Timothée Chalamet shot this film after he did Lady Bird, in San Franscisco California on May/June 2017.
Steve Carell, Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney were all previous cast members of The Office (US).
It was revealed that Will Poulter would going to play Nic early in January, but in the official announcement, it was Timothee Chalamet who will now play the role of Nic.
One of the scenes with Jack Dylan Grazer and Steve Carell was shot at a school beside a hill with sheep living on it. While filming, the sheep interrupted the shot by making noises and baaing for around 30 minutes
Received a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival
The title of this film (and the book it is based upon) comes from John Lennon's song "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)". Author David Sheff famously interviewed John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the months leading up to the release of their album, "Double Fantasy" in 1980. John was murdered 3 weeks after it's release, on Dec. 8, 1980.
Andre Royo, who plays Timothee Chalamet's sponsor, Spencer, is perhaps best known for previously playing a drug addict himself. He starred as drug addict, Bubbles, on The Wire.
Amy Ryan and Andre Royo both appeared on The Wire.
The movie is based on a combination of Nic Sheff's book Tweak and his father David's book Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction.
Timothée Chalamet and Kaitlyn Dever previously appeared together in Men, Women & Children (2014).
The real Nic Sheff stated in a Q & A that the drawing book that David, Steve Carell in the movie finds of his son's addiction struggles was drawn by Nic's real life half brother Jasper Sheff.
Co-screenwriter Luke Davies is himself a former addict. During the 80s, Davies developed a dependency on herion, which lead him on a path of self-destruction. He managed to overcome his addiction in 1990, and later turned his experiences into the novel "Candy", published in mid 1998. The novel was later turned into a film in 2006, with Davies co-penning the screenplay.
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