Armie Hammer as James Lord and Geoffrey Rush as Alberto Giacometti Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Final Portrait centers on Alberto Giacometti’s (Geoffrey Rush) decision to have James Lord (Armie Hammer) serve as a model for his latest piece of work. Lord believed sitting for this portrait would take a couple of days, but the creative temperament of Giacometti was absolutely unpredictable. Actor Stanley Tucci, whose last feature directing effort was 2007’s Blind Date, directs.
Hammer relishes the experience of stepping out of his comfort zone and with every role that he takes. “That’s all just part of the fun of the job,” said Hammer, who delved into his share of Lord’s writing for research. “If you just play yourself as an actor then you’re not really even acting. You’re just there. It’s about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and understanding the road that they walk. This was a great opportunity because James Lord was such a fascinating character.”
Click on the media bar to hear Hammer elaborate on why James Lord made a “serious commitment” to sit for Alberto Giacometti.
It’s been an incredible time career wise for Timothée Chalamet, as he received an Oscar nod for Call Me By Your Nameand also received his share of good notices for the equally revered picture Lady Bird. To add a bit of icing to the cake, he also has a supporting role in the underrated Western Hostiles.
Chalamet understands that his success was not achieved all by himself, as collaboration is always an integral part of the process. Finding chemistry, as well as a lifelong friend in Call Me By Your Name co-star Armie Hammer was, in his words, the “random luck of the universe.” Click on the media bar below to hear Chalamet discuss working with Hammer and filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (who received an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay):
Call Me By Your Name is best on the novel by André Aciman.
Apparently the early buzz on the film Call Me By Your Name was justified, since it’s now received several Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nominations, which certainly bodes well for its chances at the Oscars. In the movie, Timothée Chalamet plays a 17-year-old boy who becomes romantically involved with one of his father’s students, Oliver (Armie Hammer), and he says that while the awards nominations are nice, it’s been especially gratifying to hear people’s reactions to the film in person. (Click on the media bar below to hear Timothée Chalamet)
Call Me By Your Name is playing now in limited release.
Call Me By Your Name is getting a ton of critical acclaim, and the project has shined a pretty big spotlight on up and coming actorTimothée Chalamet (he also stars in Lady Bird and the upcoming Christian Bale Western Hostiles). For co-star Armie Hammer, the film was also a turning point acting wise. Though he’s done his share of character driven work (The Social Network, J. Edgar), Hammer’s best known for such high profile studio projects like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Lone Ranger.In the 1983 set Call Me By Your Name, Hammer plays a 24-year-old student who falls in love with his professor’s son (Chalamet) during a summer in Italy.
The actor reflects on his creatively fruitful collaboration with Guadagnino. “It just seemed like a challenge for me as an actor to make me that emotionally accessible and vulnerable,” said Hammer. “And I think that was one of the things that I really credit Luca with is the fact that he saw that and was not going to let anybody fake anything. It was all about him dragging and pulling that honesty out of us.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Hammer elaborate on his collaboration with Guadagnino:
Call Me By Your Name, co-starring Michael Stuhlbarg, is now playing in select theaters.
There’s a huge buzz on director Luca Guadagnino’s coming of age drama Call Me By Your Name. The third part of his Desire trilogy, it’s the story of a 17-year-old boy, played by Timothée Chalamet, who becomes romantically involved with Oliver (Armie Hammer), one of his father’s students. Both of its stars deliver outstanding performances, and the chemistry between Chalamet and Hammer in a movie built on intimate moments is remarkable. The two actors hadn’t worked together before starting this movie, so we asked them what their first impressions were when they met each other.
Call Me By Your Name is playing now in selected theaters.