SYDNEY: Tonight, director David Michôd and co-writer Joel Edgerton arrived home. For American star Timothée Chalamet, it was an introduction to a small, but mighty fan base. Taking to the red carpet in front of the historic Ritz Cinema in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, the trio stepped out to hundreds of fans for the premiere of the forthcoming Netflix film, The King. As the route 373 bus roared past on its way to a neighbouring, beachside suburb and amid a screaming cohort of fans, we posed a simple, albeit powerful question to the 23-year-old.
Fronting Prince Hal, later known as King Henry V, Timothée Chalamet’s character recounts a cinematic interpretation of the 15th-century figure, as he transforms from wayward wastrel to powerful king after he reluctantly inherits the throne. To posses the same power in a modern era is only imaginable and in a hazy political climate, we asked the young actor how he’d use the same influence in 2019.
“That’s a great question. Common sense in environmental regulations in effect, not only where I’m from where we have the least effective environmental regulations that have been pulled back … but globally,” he told ICON on the red carpet. “Am I king of the world, or king of the USA? Then instil not only common sense but world-saving environmental regulations.”
His comment comes off the back of weeks of environmental protests – most recently the Extinction Rebellion movement, sweeping across London – urging governments from across the globe to better protect the future of the earth.
The King is now showing in selected cinemas and will drop onto Netflix from November 1. Stay tuned for ICON’s review, and in the meantime tune into the trailer below.