- Actor Timothée Chalamet discusses his “disorienting” feelings upon hearing sexual allegations against his Call Me by Your Name co-star, Armie Hammer.
- Hammer was not charged with any crime due to insufficient evidence from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
- Chalamet addresses the ironic parallel between his role as a cannibal in the film Bones and All and Hammer’s alleged cannibalism.
In 2017, Timothée Chalamet was just beginning to see success in Hollywood after roles in Interstellar and Lady Bird, but it was his participation in Call Me by Your Name that truly launched his career. That’s why the actor found it so “disorienting” to learn of the sexual allegations against his co-star, Armie Hammer. Chalamet discussed his reaction in an interview with GQ:
I don’t know. These things end up getting clickbaited so intensely. Disorienting is a good word.
In 2021, Hammer was accused of rape, allegedly committed in 2017. By May of 2023, it was decided that Hammer would not be charged in the criminal matter. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office in Los Angeles County, Tiffiny Blacknell, said in a statement (via The New York Times):
[There is] insufficient evidence to charge Mr. Hammer with a crime.
The statement cited the “complexity” of Hammer’s relationship with the unnamed alleged victim, noting that the prosecution couldn’t prove “a nonconsensual, forcible sexual encounter” with the woman. Hammer responded on Instagram, thanking the District Attorney for conducting a thorough investigation and concluding that no crime had been committed, though the post has since been removed.
Call Me by Your Name enjoyed critical success thanks to Chalamet and Hammer’s on-screen chemistry, earning four Oscar nominations and winning Best Adapted Screenplay in 2018. Chalamet’s performance solidified his reputation as a talented actor, leading to roles in the Dune duology and the upcoming Wonka. In contrast, Hammer faced backlash and even allegations of cannibalism after leaked messages claimed he said, “I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you.”
Chalamet’s role in the 2022 horror romance Bones and All, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is noteworthy due to the character’s cannibalism, an ironic connection to Hammer’s scandal. Reflecting on this coincidence with GQ, Chalamet said, “I mean, what were the chances that we’re developing this thing?”
Audiences can catch Chalamet as the iconic candymaker Willy Wonka in the Warner Bros. film Wonka when it releases in theaters on December 15, 2023.