A new kind of man
What does Timothée Chalamet’s success say?
What Leonardo DiCaprio used to be is now Timothée Chalamet: He’s more an actor than his movies. It is a style. His success says something about the image of men today.
Since “Titanic” and the early days of Leonardo DiCaprio, there may not have been a young actor like Timothy currently Chalamet.
Brown curls, dreamy looks, and charisma between little brother and aftershave model: The 26-year-old New Yorker, who has both an American and French passport, is one of the big stars of this generation. Instagram. Time magazine just put it on the cover photo. She defines her style: Vogue celebrates her red carpet look. A man wears a Louis Vuitton tie-dye or rhinestone-belt dungaree around his torso.
He can do blockbuster movies and art house
Moviegoers know Chalamet from “Interstellar,” “Lady Bird,” “Little Women,” or as the drug-addicted son of “Beautiful Boy.” The gay love story “Call Me by Your Name” brought him up when he was in his early twenties Oscarnomination. This year followed Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” the sci-fi epic “Dune” and just “Don’t Look Up” on Netflix, and he’ll soon be the young chocolatier in “Wonka.”
Chalamet can shoot festival films as well as blockbusters, but at the same time he is a sensitive man who loves his grandmother useful He says he loves her – that’s how Time magazine describes him. There’s also some material for gossip: he’s been spotted with both Lily-Rose Depp, Johnny Depp’s daughter, and Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon. He is followed by 16.6 million people on Instagram.
It’s softer and more versatile
What does his success say about the zeitgeist? You can already find it in German ads menThis kind is reminiscent of Chalamet, for example in the Christmas clip in a supermarket where a mother wishes her son an end to the epidemic. Agency director Claudia Medulo (Modelwerk) points out the differences between the fashion world and actors when it comes to models. In the fashion industry, the more stereotypical man is still in demand, but not as evident in the 90s with supermodel Markus Schenkenberg.
In general, Medulu says things are a lot smoother and more varied, and men are less skinny and no longer full of muscle. The new masculine image of the Chalamet type is also well represented. The target group is too small for expensive fashion. “That’s why this type of guy continues to be a pioneer in the fields of drama, music, and social media,” Medolo explains.
Literary researcher Tony Thoulin (Hildesheim University) has the following explanation, “in all provisional judgments”: Chalamet seems to correspond to the so-called “hybrid masculinity” in the search for masculinity. Rough summary: It strays from the classic male image, daring to be a bit more feminine, but doesn’t lose its male perks in the process. He is committed, open-minded, and thoughtful, yet still very successful in the film and fashion industry.
Regarding the image of men in general, Thulen says: “In some cases patriarchal hegemony and patriarchal structures of government have been greatly questioned in recent years, mainly due to feminist criticism and politics, but also because men themselves suffer from the demands of masculinity and begin to question them.”
For Tholen, this does not mean that these requirements are already gone. “The situation is hesitant at the moment, because both can be observed: change and perseverance, processes of transformation and restoration of masculinity to tradition. And it is so open that the pendulum will swing more strongly, especially if you look at the situation globally.”
In any case, patriarchal masculinity can be said to have cracked. “At the present time, masculinity may be better understood as the formation of contradictory and contradictory movements and attitudes; sometimes even in the search for new locations and ways of life, accompanied by a growing desire not to pretend to be the ruler of people and things.”
How man can and should be? So there is a lot of discussion about this question when you watch Chalamet and his films. A sequel to “Dunes” has already been planned.