Armie Hammer wants you to pick up the phone and call a friend. Like, now
Why? Well, as a global pandemic runs alongside a Trump re-election campaign marred by overwhelming racial tension and violence, many, including Hammer, have been pushed to the brink of mental health crisis. Now, with his two latest films set for release, Armie Hammer speaks openly on the critical importance of conversation, his despair over American politics and his wildly differing experiences holed up in the Caymans and the Californian desert
It’s been a discombobulating few months for Armie Hammer: his country on fire, an industry kneecapped, the deep terror (as we all have had) of illness for friends and family and then, come July, he announced he and his wife, the mother of his two children, were separating after 13 years together. Wham! When one thinks of Armie Hammer – tall as a police horse, shoulders broad enough to carry your wife over a flowing river (I know you’d offer but she’d want Armie to carry her, trust me), a face that could ruin a nun’s conscience – one doesn’t think of a man crippled with anxiety and self-doubt. Yet, come the summer of Covid-19, there he was, his head in his hands, asking a friend for help. “I felt like a wolf who got caught in a snare,” he tells me, after emerging from the darkness somewhat at the end of August. “A wolf who wanted to chew his own foot off. I was just like, ‘I can’t do this.’”
Help for the 34-year-old actor came in the form of an urgent phone call. He called a buddy who worked in mental health, who got him to speak to a therapist. He’s had therapy previously – the sort you do if you’re told you need therapy but don’t actually believe you do – but not like this. This, as he tells me, was “crisis therapy”. Over the next few months he put the work in, made the time and it helped. He ironed out some of the worry, unpacked some of the baggage. He’s still doing it today and, naturally, he’s trying to pay the health benefits forward. Soon it was his turn to help. He picked up the phone to speak to a male friend in August and, after pushing his buddy to unload a little, it turned out his friend had been thinking about ending his own life all morning. “He was desperate. I just talked to him. I didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t have done. But it just goes to show: you need to ask people if they are OK. If they brush you off? Keep asking. Make time.”
This month you’ll see two projects that were the fruits of Hammer’s pre-Covid face pulling: Rebecca, a grown-up, well-crafted new adaptation of the chilling Daphne du Maurier novel directed by Ben Wheatley and costarring Lily James as Armie’s new wife who must wrestle with ghosts and Kristin Scott Thomas’ death stare; and Death On The Nile, Kenneth Branagh’s latest Hercule Poirot whodunnit, alongside Letitia Wright and Gal Gadot. Today, however, he’s holed up in the Californian desert, purposely miles from civilisation (or what is left of it in America), helping his buddy, Ashton, remodel an old motel. “Nothing better than sanding floors, planting cacti and taking a sledgehammer to a wall to get rid of your problems,” he tells me from the sun-dappled porch, a Stetson on his head and a dog at his boots. Take it from the handsome man with a soul: when in doubt, smash stuff up. Oh, and talk. A lot. [More at Source]
Written by Mouza on September 30 2020
Written by Mouza on June 26 2020
Two dramas affected by the coronavirus pandemic—Tracy Letts’ The Minutes and David Mamet’s American Buffalo—have set new Broadway dates.
The Steppenwolf Theatre production of The Minutes, which was set to officially open March 15, played its final performance March 11 while still in previews. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the play will return to Broadway the week of March 1, 2021, and will officially open March 15, 2021, exactly one year after its originally planned opening date.
The play, which featured Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Armie Hammer, playwright Letts, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, and Jeff Still, takes place in a seemingly mundane city council meeting that illustrates American toxicity both historic and contemporary. [Source]
Written by Mouza on March 10 2020
Armie and Tracy Letts made an appearance on the TODAY show yesterday to talk about their Broadway play, “The Minutes,” a dark comedy set in a city council meeting where tension runs high. Check out the video below then head to the gallery for photo coverage.