Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Armie Hammer Says 'High Level of Intimacy' of 'Call Me by Your Name' Was Scary

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Armie Hammer Says 'High Level of Intimacy' of 'Call Me by Your Name' Was Scary

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Armie Hammer almost passed on 'Call Me By Your Name'

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TORONTO - Armie Hammer says he originally wanted to pass on the coming-of-age drama "Call Me By Your Name" because he was uncomfortable with appearing nude on screen.

Hammer told a Toronto International Film Festival press conference that he had major reservations about the "high level of intimacy" the role required and it scared him.

The critically acclaimed film tells the story of an Italian-American teenager's summer stay at his family's villa in Italy, where his father is mentoring an American -- played by Hammer.

As the story progresses, the teen forges a strong friendship with the visitor built on their shared Jewish heritage, and their relationship eventually develops complex sexual tension.

Hammer, who played the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network" and was at TIFF last year for "Nocturnal Animals," says the film's story is "incredibly prescient and important" and may push some filmgoers to "challenge their sensibilities. …

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