I managed to speak with director Luca Gaudagnino and the two leading stars of his latest movie Call Me By Your Name, Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, during the 61st London Film Festival.
The film – which is based on a book of the same name – follows 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Chalamet) who is spending the days with his family at their villa in Italy.
Here he meets Oliver (Hammer) – a doctoral student who is working as an intern for his father.
During their summer together, the two discover their desires awaken which will change their lives forever.
Here is what the cast and director had to say about the movie.
What was it about Call Me By Your Name which made you want to turn the book into a film?
The movie wanted to be move before I was a director. It’s about the possibility to make this movie. It’s a beautiful story about two people who fall in love with each other.
How was it working with Armie Hammer and the rest of the cast?
It was beautiful. They were soft and caring and loving.
You’re remaking the classic ‘Suspiria’, Tilda Swinton referred to it as not a remake but a cover?
I like what Tilda said referring to Suspiria. It’s not a remake, it’s not a cover, it’s something very personal. It is more like a homage to the kid I was when I was first saw it. It’s a homage to myself.
Originally you want to turn down this role, looking back are you glad you didn’t?
Yes my hindsight is really 20/20. It was definitely the right move. This film is just a love story. It’s about two people who just open themselves up to each other.
Your relationship with Tim was amazing on scene, how was it working with him?
Tim, we hated each other. No we got along really well. That was maybe part of the genius but we really got on and made each other feel really comfortable around each other.
You have starred in a number of LGBT movies, would you say you are the leading man to play these roles?
No one has ever said that. I wouldn’t be offended. Someone has got to do them.
You’ve starred in a number of Hollywood movies, and this is completely different what was that like for you?
It was fantastic. We were shooting for 2.5 months in Italy. Who would say no to that?
And your onscreen relationship with Armie Hammer was brilliant, how was it working with him?
It was great, I grew up with ‘The Social Network’ and was great working with him and having the opportunity to star alongside him. I wanted to star in the movie when I was 17 and it happened when I was 20. I was salivating at the opportunity to work with Luca as well.
This is a love story, is that why you wanted to be part of it?
The book is similar to ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower’ and blends a lot of emotion and themes but it was more sexually graphic. But it is very formulaic and I am just very thankful to be part of the movie.
You’ve starred in some great films alongside some great directors, what draws you to a project?
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have done and will do. It is the director who draws me to the project. It could be challenging or unlikable but if it’s a certain director, I will do the film.