- On the idea of having Dr. Yueh speak Mandarin, the Taiwanese actor said, “Part of it came from director Denis since he made it such that Paul (Timothée Chalamet), the main character, can speak many languages.”
- “It then followed that Dr. Yueh might be able to speak Mandarin, since he represented someone from Asia. Therefore, the two characters might be able to converse in simple Mandarin, and this also acted as the foundation on which Paul and Dr Yueh built their relationship.”
- Chang, who is also known for director Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and “Happy Together,” applauded 25-year-old Chalamet for perfectly pronouncing his Mandarin lines in the Denis Villeneuve-directed film.
- The 44-year-old actor did not want to take credit for Chalamet mastering his lines, however. “He is very talented in languages, and he pronounced Mandarin perfectly.”
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- In one popular video, he is seen trying to get the pronunciation of his nickname just right for his Chinese fans.
- During a virtual Chinese press conference for “Dune,” which featured Chen and Villeneuve, Chalamet brought out a tea cup with him as a nod to his nickname.