• BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 18: Actor Steve Carell at the Boston premiere of Beautiful Boy at the AMC Boston Common, on October 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

  • : BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 18: (from L to R) Sen Ed Markey, Susan Blumenthal and Actor Steve Carell at the Boston premiere of Beautiful Boy at the AMC Boston Common, on October 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald)

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Steve Carell wants to give people something to talk about with his new film, “Beautiful Boy” — and that something is addiction. 

“You know, I think more than anything, we all hope that it just continues the conversation,” Carell told the Track while walking the red carpet before the local screening at AMC Loews Boston Common last night. 

“If it offers people who’ve been touched by it not even necessarily hope, but just the ability to empathize with it and see a family that went through it and to be able to connect with that,” the Massachusetts native continued, “but I think mostly to just have a starting point for the conversation.”

The film, which has Carell starring opposite Timothée Chalamet, is based on father-son memoirs written by David Sheff and Nic Sheff. It follows their family as they try to collectively deal with the son’s drug addiction, his attempts at recovery and recurring relapses.

On a personal note, the father of two revealed to us that “Beautiful Boy” has made an impact on his family life —  at least in the sense that it’s strengthened the values that he and his wife Nancy have already embraced.

“It didn’t change my approach to parenting, but it put a finer point on what my wife and I do everyday,” Carell said. “Because you come home at the end of the night, after doing these scenes and thinking about what this father and son went through, and you tend to hold your kids a little bit tighter.”

Conversely, the Marshfield Hills General Store owner expressed that his dad duties were also what initially attracted him to the project.

“That’s one of the main reasons I did it,” he said of the movie, which opens in local theaters today. “I identified with what David Scheff was going through and it’s one of the most terrifying thing in the world for a parent to witness their child spiraling out of control with no recourse.”