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What Chalamet Actually Eats in Bones and All’s Cannibal Scenes

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Taylor Russell, star of “Bones and All,” discusses the film’s cannibalism sequences and what she and co-star Timothée Chalamet actually ate. The film, which premieres on November 18, is adatation of the 2015 novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis and tells the story of a young couple who become cannibals during a cross-country road trip. The coming-of-age road movie stars Russell and Chalamet alongside an all-star cast, also including Mark Rylance, André Holland,  Michael Stuhlbarg, Chlo Sevigny, David Gordon Green, and Jessica Harper.

Russell explained in a recent interview with SlashFilm how they could pull off the gory sequences in Bones and All. It’s a common misconception in zombie movies that human flesh was simply substituted with that of another animal. But she said the film’s gore was actually quite pleasant. Actually, “maraschino cherries, dark chocolate, and Fruit Roll-Ups” were the main ingredients in most of their macabre dishes. Check out the rest of her account down below:

On a very practical note, Luca said:

“We were eating corn syrup. But I know that I wasn’t because I remember the incredible effects team, and the team handling all that stuff told me that it was maraschino cherries, dark chocolate, and Fruit Roll-Ups. If that sounds good to you, cool. If it doesn’t, fair enough. But it was very sweet and [tastier] than anything else, maybe you could imagine.”


Since his role as Elio in the 2017 romantic drama Call Me By Your Name, Chalamet has not received an Oscar nomination. This is true even though four movies he’s been in since then—Little Women, Dune, Part 1, and Don’t Look Up—have received Best Picture nominations. At this point, Bones and All is the film that will get him nominated for Best Lead Actor again.


This is largely due to the fact that Bones and All marks the actor’s first time working with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. Another plus is that he is one of the film’s two main protagonists. His previous Best Picture nominations all involved him as a supporting player in ensemble pieces, particularly Don’t Look Up (2021). It also starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, and Chalamet’s Bones and All co-star Mark Rylance.

Nonetheless, Chalamet isn’t guaranteed to be nominated for his work in Bones and All. However, he has tough competition from this year’s frontrunners, including Brendan Fraser for The Whale, for which he has received many standing ovations at film festivals. Among the other contenders are Austin Butler’s turn as the titular character in Elvis, Colin Farrell’s turn in The Banshees of Inisherin, and the debut of relative newcomer Gabriel LaBelle as the protagonist in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans. So if you miss Bones and All in theatres on November 18, you’ll miss out on a powerful combination of director and star.



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