Call Me by Your Name, which opens in theaters in November, is a film about first love: specifically, an affair between a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old doctoral student working for the boy’s father, a professor of Greco-Roman culture.
Based on the novel by André Aciman, the film, which was directed by Luca Guadagnino, is set in the 1980s, in a villa in a bucolic small town in Italy, but its sense of youthful desire is timeless and universal. “You don’t really see a lot of tender love stories between men,” Armie Hammer, who plays Oliver, the older of the two, told me. “There’s always one person who says, ‘Oh, we can’t do this’ or ‘My family wouldn’t approve.’ You don’t get that in this movie. Instead, you have two men who are trying to figure out the feelings they have for each other.” [more at source]
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles.
BIG BREAK: The Social Network.
ROOM-SERVICE ORDER: “Four eggs over easy, bacon, sausage, O.J., coffee.”
WHAT I’M READING: The Patrick Melrose novels, by Edward St. Aubyn.
PODCAST I’M LISTENING TO: Waking Up, with neuroscientist Sam Harris.
HAPPY PLACE: “Next to my grill in my yard.”
THREE FAVORITE FILMS: Cool Hand Luke, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club.
FAVORITE ACTOR, LIVING OR DEAD: Paul Newman.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND PLAY ANY CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE? “I wouldn’t. I’d go back and invest in Starbucks, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.”
UP NEXT: The Sundance favorite Call Me by Your Name, the based-on-true-events thriller Hotel Mumbai, the Alberto Giacometti biopic, Final Portrait.
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Armie during the ‘Cars 3‘ press portraits done last week during his round table interviews with the press in Los Angeles.