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Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet defend the age gap between their ‘Call Me By Your Name’ characters

“Outside the context of the movie [that question] makes more sense"
Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name
[Image: Sony Pictures Classic]

The romance between Timothée Chalamet’s Elio and Armie Hammer’s Oliver in Call Me By Your Name is already destined to go down in cinematic folklore.

Luca Guadagnino’s film intimately dovetails between their budding summer romance in such a brutally honest, tender, and poetic fashion that your affection and connection to both the film and its characters grows throughout.

However, when I originally watched “Call Me By Your Name” it took me a little while to get over the fact that Elio is just 17-years-old and that Oliver is 24 before I fully invested in their love and relationship. When I sat down with the Hammer and Chalamet to discuss the film I asked whether they ever had any such qualms about this age gap.                               

“Smaller than the age gap between my parents,” was Hammer’s curt and defiant answer to the question, before Chalamet went into more detail about why it was never an issue.

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“Outside the context of the movie [that question] makes more sense. But when you see the film and read the book it is so not part of the equation. That’s a conversation worth having after people have seen the film. But everyone in my experience who has seen it hasn’t had that conversation. Because the relationship couldn’t be more consensual and full of love.”

“Call Me By Your Name,” which has been receiving plaudits ever since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, is already being touted as an awards season contender, with Chalamet and Hammer receiving particular praise in the acting categories.

Audiences can wallow in the majesty that is “Call Me By Your Name” from November 24, when it is released in New York, while it will hit cinemas in further territories over the next few weeks before going wide on December 22. 

 
 
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