Armie was on the Today show last week where he talked about Call Me By Your Name where he talked about the movie’s upcoming release. Check out the video and photos.
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I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Armie & his Call Me By Your Name team attending a SAG-AFTRA Q&A about the movie. Check out the photos in the gallery, the video of the Q&A will be available later today on the SAG-AFTRA official youtube channel.
Like much else about his charmed life, Armie Hammer’s handwriting is perfect — all swooping loops and exacting peaks, like something from a bygone era. I’m paging through one of his obsessively maintained notebooks while we idle at a red light in his black pickup truck, American-built and high off the ground, much like the 6-foot-5 actor himself. On this cloudless, late-summer afternoon, as he drives on the Pacific Coast Highway to his favorite Greek spot in Malibu, I flip the pages — diligent notes pertaining to Martin Ginsburg, husband of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom Hammer will portray in an upcoming biopic of the Supreme Court justice starring Felicity Jones. “That’s what happens when you grow up on a British island,” says Hammer, 31, after I remark on his meticulous penmanship. “You have mandatory cursive classes.”
He’s referring to the Cayman Islands, where he spent a good chunk of his childhood. His father had never laid eyes on the Caribbean tax haven until it showed up in the 1993 Tom Cruise movie The Firm; but so entranced was he by what he saw, he decided to relocate the family. If that rings odd, then you probably did not grow up in the same bubble of extreme privilege as Hammer, great-grandson of Russian-Jewish oil tycoon Armand Hammer. His namesake (his full name is Armand Douglas Hammer) graces landmarks and buildings all over Los Angeles. Case in point, our journey begins at Holmby Park in Beverly Hills, home to the Armand Hammer Golf Course. “They were going to turn it into high-rises in the early ’80s,” explains Hammer. “So my great-grandfather just gave them an endowment.”
As irksomely perfect as his existence may seem, Hammer’s journey from the “fucking paradise” of the Cayman Islands to movie star (a label that makes him bristle) has faced its fair share of false starts. After his breakthrough playing the Winklevoss twins in 2010’s The Social Network, Hammer has struggled to emerge as a bankable leading man. There was his starring role in 2013’s The Lone Ranger, for which Disney lost $200 million, leading to studio head Rich Ross’ ouster. Two years later, he co-starred with Henry Cavill in the underperforming The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And his performance in 2016’s The Birth of a Nation, a role some thought could earn him a best supporting actor Oscar, was overshadowed by a rape scandal involving its director and star, Nate Parker. [Source]
Timothée Chalamet was a student at Columbia University when he first read Call Me By Your Name, the gay love story that’s had critics swooning since its Sundance Film Festival premiere in January.
After hearing of Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation, he rented André Aciman’s 2007 novel through a book-sharing program and “didn’t give it back for a year,” Chalamet says. “I got charged $100 for a late fee.”
“Then you got paid to do the movie and could pay it back!” co-star Armie Hammer chimes in.
Set in the idyllic Italian countryside in 1983, Call Me (in theaters in New York and Los Angeles Friday) depicts the blossoming romance between 17-year-old Elio (Chalamet), a precocious yet sensitive musical prodigy, and 24-year-old Oliver (Hammer), who comes to work for Elio’s professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg) for the summer.
Initially put off by Oliver’s cockiness, Elio admires from afar and pursues a local girl (Esther Garrel). But through leisurely bike rides and poolside chats, the infatuated teen discovers surprising depth to Oliver and eventually acts on his feelings, embarking on a steamy relationship that mostly goes unacknowledged by Elio’s progressive parents. [Source]
“You’ll be meeting in the man cave,” the publicist said, pushing open the door to the ground floor of a villa set in the lush gardens of the Sunset Marquis.
Previous hotel guests have included members of Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, and while they might never have visited the man cave, it seemed to bear homage to them, or to hair metal, or to hetero teenage boys, or to something. It had a pool table, a guitar, plenty of booze, a framed print of a nude body-painted woman, and another of a skull enveloped in flames. Darkened windows kept out the California sun.
By any measure, it was a curious spot to interview Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, the stars of “Call Me by Your Name,” due Nov. 24, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story about two young men who fall in love during an idyllic sunlit Italian summer decades ago.
Arriving at the cave moments later, Mr. Chalamet and Mr. Hammer took in the décor with a few chortles, and then Mr. Hammer beelined to the guitar and began strumming, as Mr. Chalamet threw himself onto a big L-shaped couch. The pair have fallen into an easy camaraderie that extends most places they go. For a good chunk of the film’s shoot last year in northern Italy, and in the days leading up to it, they were often the only ones who spoke English, which helped them forge a connection that crackles through their scenes. They have also been promoting the film together, on and off, since its triumphant premiere earlier this year at Sundance, where it sent festivalgoers into a swoon. [Source]
Armie, joined by Timothy, Luca & Michael Stuhlbarg did a TimesTalk yesterday that was live streaming on the web where they talked about the movie’s upcoming release. Check out the photos and videos from the event.
Armie Hammer is six-foot-five, a general advantage in life but one that doesn’t serve him well on the dance floor. “When I dance,” he told me recently over lunch in West Hollywood, “I think, You’re really shit at this, and everyone around you knows it because you’re the tallest guy on the dance floor and you stick out like a sore thumb.”
You can imagine Hammer’s embarrassment, then, when he had to shoot a dance scene for his new movie, the 1980s-set gay romance Call Me by Your Name. It’s a pivotal moment in the film that comes not long after his character, grad student Oliver, has arrived in a small Italian village to assist the professor father of our protagonist, 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet). The secret crush on this interloper that Elio nurses becomes full blown the night he watches Oliver boogie down to “Love My Way,” by the Psychedelic Furs: Oliver’s ecstatic, unabashed, and utterly indifferent to the world around him. “And that’s so not me, in any situation,” said Hammer. “I was like, ‘This is hell. Can we switch this for more nude scenes, please?’ ”
It wasn’t easy, but Hammer finally shed his inhibitions. His moves are just the slightest bit dorky, yet his character’s confidence is irresistible. Just don’t expect Hammer to echo Oliver’s carefree attitude: Ever since a clip of the scene went viral in October, the actor has gone dark on social media. “Anytime I would open up my Twitter, it was just a ton of that,” Hammer said with a laugh, referring to the clip, “and I was like, ‘Nope, I can’t have my nose rubbed in this anymore. I’m out!’ ” [Source] + [Additional Information]
Armie was included in GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year issue. I’ve updated the gallery with digital scans and the shoot.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Armie & Elizabeth attending the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala a couple of days ago. Check them out in the gallery.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Armie attending Deadline Hollywood The Contenders event a couple of days ago.