The Significance Behind Timothée Chalamet’s Red Hair in “Bones and All”

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A cannibalistic romance film starring Timothée Chalamet probably wasn’t on your 2022 bingo card, but alas, this is reality. “Bones and All,” the newly released horror-drama based on Camille DeAngelis’ 2015 novel of the same name, is perhaps one of the most eyebrow-raising movies of the year. It is set in the 1980s and follows Lee (Chalamet) and Maren (Taylor Russell), two “eaters” (aka cannibals) living on the fringes of society who embark on a road trip across America in pursuit of freedom – and, of course, fall in love along the way.

Aside from, um, eating humans, one noteworthy aspect of Chalamet’s character is his vibrant red hair color cut into an ’80s-style mullet, a far departure from the star’s usual tousled brown curls. In an interview with POPSUGAR, lead hair designer Massimo Gattabrusi says that the transformation played a major role in bringing this unique character to life.

“From our first meeting with [director] Luca [Guadagnino], he said that he didn’t want the movie to have a fantasy or gore kind of look; he was looking for something real,” Gattabrusi says. “For Timothée, he was looking for something iconic and very different from his usual look.” So, what exactly went into creating this new epic cut – and why did the team choose the color red? Ahead, Gattabrusi is sharing more about Chalamet’s two-hour hair transformation, as well as other characters’ looks, in “Bones and All.”

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