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Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer charmed the world with their performances in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name. However, some audiences had some hesitation regarding two straight actors playing LGBTQ characters. Regardless, the two actors didn’t have too much of an issue doing what they needed to for the roles. Chalamet and Hammer passionately kissed for their first Call Me by Your Name rehearsal.

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer develop a love for one another in ‘Call Me by Your Name’

'Call Me by Your Name' Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer smiling in front of a blue step and repeat with the movie title on it
L-R: Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer | Luca Carlino/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Call Me by Your Name takes place in the summer of 1983. A 17-year-old young man named Elio (Chalamet) spends his days with his family in their 17-Century villa in Lombardy, Italy. There, he meets a handsome doctoral student named Oliver (Hammer) who is working as an intern for Elio’s father.

Chalamet’s Elio and Hammer’s Oliver exchange glances over the course of their initial meeting. However, their awakening desires for one another bubble to the surface throughout the summer. Elio and Oliver’s lives will never be the same, as they will now forever have a connection unlike anything else.

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer passionately kissed in their first rehearsal for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ rehearsal

Ellen DeGeneres brought Chalamet and Hammer onto The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about Call Me by Your Name. She gushed about the “small movie” and its ability to draw her into its love story. She previously knew Hammer, but she didn’t already know about Chalamet.

The two actors shared a story about their first rehearsal that they will never forget. Chalamet explained that they hadn’t had a proper rehearsal yet, but Guadagnino invited them to the villa’s backyard with their scripts for their first one.

Chalamet motions for Hammer to continue the story because he claims that his co-star tells the story better.

“We get out to this sort of patch of grass and he [Luca] goes, ‘OK, we’ll rehearse right here,'” Hammer recalled. “‘Let’s just pick a scene. Let’s do scene 71.’ He just kind of arbitrarily throws out a number. So, we go, ‘OK, great.’ (Motions to quickly flip through pages) We go to the page in the script and all it says is, ‘Elio and Oliver roll around in the grass making out.’”

Hammer continued: “We kind of look at each other and we’re like, ‘All right, here we go! That’s why we’re here! Let’s do this!’ So we kind of get down on the ground and start making out and he goes, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no. Stop, stop stop. What are you doing?’ And we go, ‘I don’t know, we’re trying to make out.’ He goes, ‘I want you to make out like you want to make out with each other, like passionately.’”

Chalamet and Hammer were happy to get direction, but they realized that they weren’t getting any more as they continued making out.

“All of a sudden we both kind of stop and we look and Luca had just walked away. He just left us like that, rolling around in the grass, and that was our only rehearsal. It was a bit of an icebreaker.”

Chalamet chimed in: “Destroyed the ice.”

The actors reveal family reactions to ‘Call Me by Your Name’


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DeGeneres asked Hammer and Chalamet about their family reactions to the movie, especially since the movie is so personal and sexual. The host initially asked Hammer if his ex-wife, Elizabeth Chambers, saw the movie at the time.

“She has and she loved it,” Hammer said. “She loved the movie, she loved the book, called it one of the sexiest books she’s ever read in her life.”

DeGeneres agreed with that statement, calling it “one of the sexiest movies.” She then asked Chalamet if his family saw the movie.

“My parents have seen it,” Chalamet responded. “My grandma has yet to see it. I think she’s going to be in shock when she does.”

Hammer humorously responded, “Don’t tell her anything about it, just make her watch it.”