Timothée Chalamet has become one of the most famous young actors of our time, with Hollywood roles up to his ears and millions of adoring fans. But if Chalamet didn't end up acting, what would he be doing?
Well, we might have the answer. As it turns out, a young Timothée Chalamet was an avid gamer and once had his own YouTube channel where he would show off his painted Xbox 360 mods. The secret YouTube channel was found by fans, and features three short videos of Chalamet and the controllers he designed. All the videos were posted 11 years ago when Chalamet would have been 14 and give an insight to the Hollywood heart throb's life pre-fame. If you are looking for your own Xbox console to mod, then check out our best Xbox deals.
Chalamet confessed in an interview (opens in new tab) during his Dune promotions, "My parents were like, 'You're getting spray paint all over the house, you can't do this anymore," which probably explains why there are only three videos on Chalamet's secret account. The channel now has over 22K subscribers and hundreds of thousands of views.
Before the star confirmed that the YouTube channel was his, some were questioning whether it was actually the elusive star. Fans pointed out that if you listen carefully to the video you can hear a young Chalamet's instantly recognisable voice, and with speculation circulating, Vice (opens in new tab) jumped in to conduct a full Sherlock Holmes style investigation into the videos. With a ridiculously in-detail analysis of voice, hand scars, seat fabric and flooring, the website came to the conclusion that it was Timothée.
We have to admit that we are quite impressed with the mods. For a 14-year-old with a spray can, Chalamet has done quite a good job of pimping up these controllers. Perhaps Sony can commission Chalamet to redesign the controversial DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5.
A star as big as Timothée Chalamet is unlikely to breathe without the internet talking about it, so of course, these videos have gone down a storm on social media. One user tweeted, "I have never cared about Timothée Chalamet more than I care about his Xbox 360 controller mod YouTube channel from when he was a teenager," and another tweeted, "Timothee Chalamet being a hardcore Nintendo and Xbox fan is one of the biggest twists of 2021" – we wonder if he's ever read any of our Nintendo or Xbox pieces.
embarrassing white boy math class raps? modding xbox controllers on his youtube channel? I find it genuinely charming that timothee chalamet might be our most stereotypically gen z movie star yetOctober 28, 2021
There's a non-zero chance me and Chalamet played each other at some point over xbox live https://t.co/iTXli0ad0sOctober 28, 2021
how many bets one of timothée chalamet’s painted Xbox controllers is going to be going for like half a million at Sotheby’s next year or something https://t.co/ITiju1t79yOctober 28, 2021
We think Chalamet's short-lived modding career is actually quite endearing, and it's sometimes nice to be reminded that these superstars existed before their fame. If you feel inspired by Chalamet's painted mods, then why not check out our guide on art supplies and our roundup of the best games consoles, and have a go at modding your own consoles?