Armie Hammer Doesn't Sugarcoat How He Felt Playing a Gay Character in Call Me by Your Name

Armie Hammer stars in one of this Fall’s most promising Oscar hopefuls, Call Me by Your Name, in which he plays Oliver, a grad student interning with a professor in Italy in the ’80s when he unexpectedly falls in love with the professor’s son. It’s a departure for Hammer, an actor with classic movie-star good looks who has generally played straight, very traditional characters who don’t necessarily surprise you (i.e. The Lone Ranger, The Social Network, Nocturnal Animals). With this role, he has subverted lots of expectations for his career, so it makes sense to wonder why he took the role.