Magazine article Screen International

Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Luca Guadagnino Talk 'Call Me by Your Name'

Magazine article Screen International

Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Luca Guadagnino Talk 'Call Me by Your Name'

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Cast and crew discuss critical hit.

Call Me By Your Name

Director Luca Guadagnino and Call Me By Your Name leads Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet discussed the, at times, awkward experiences they had while shooting the acclaimed film, which first premiered in Sundance (where Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide rights).

The film is playing at Toronto International Film Festival and is being touted as an awards-season contender.

Initially, Hammer was reluctant to take on the role of the handsome American research assistant Oliver who unexpectedly finds love with his professor’s teenage son Elio while interning at their Italian summer home.

“I remember telling Luca [Guadagnino], ‘I don’t know if I have this in me’. The subtlety and the intimacy - so much happens between these two characters that is subtext. And as an actor, if you don’t get it, you don’t bring truth and honesty to it,” said Hammer.

The Italian director challenged Hammer’s outlook, citing Stanley Kubrick’s Fear And Desire as a reference why he should work on the film.

“I told him, ‘If you fear something, then you desire it. So you better do it,’” said Guadagnino.

“My agent asked what I was going to do, and I said, ‘I am going to pass on this,’” added Hammer. …

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