Is Armie Hammer’s career over?: Outrageous chats drag the star down
Everything was going well for him when the shit hit the ceiling and shocking and inappropriate chats surfaced in which Hammer in graphic detail had shared his, umm, tastes
Among the new breed of stars who have come into American cinema, Armie Hammer stood out. He was that rarity in present times, the all American crew cut, wholesome and handsome boy, whom every mother wanted to be her son-in-law and every father wanted to be his son’s sports coach. I first noticed Armie playing the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s The Social Network. Call Me By Your Name, where he had a gay affair with Timothee Chalamet made Hammer a global star. In all his interviews he came across assorted, practical, sensitive, gallant, and very articulate.
Last week it all fell apart when a series of text messages dug out from God-knows-where (I was just telling my friend Madhavan that we need to be careful about what we text, even a joke can backfire 10-15 years later) where he talks about cutting off various women’s body parts with the relish of a gourmet anticipating a juicy steak.
Yes, these are cannibalistic messages, shocking because they don’t come from Johnny Depp or one of the more belligerent Bollywood behemoths but a bashful, bridled gentleman star who defined the alpha male in the 21st century. I remember Anupam Kher telling me when he shot with Armie for Hotel Mumbai (about the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai) what a great guy Armie was, a fabulous husband to his wife Elizabeth Chambers and a perfect dad to his two little children.
“I will introduce him to you,” Anupam had promised. That intro never happened. Instead, Armie’s wife suddenly left him. The façade of a perfect marriage fell apart. Armie’s wife apparently left him because of his chronic womanizing. What she probably didn’t know, and now she does, is his cannibalistic tendencies. Or maybe she did and quickly cut the marriage before he bit off more than he could chew. She has now called him a monster. The world nods in agreement.
Elizabeth left Armie on the eve of his most romantic release Rebecca. It affected the fortunes of this latest Daphne du Maurier adaptation. His golden career is over in no time at all. He is out of his latest project Shotgun Wedding where he was to share screen space with Jennifer Lopez…until his culinary tastes revealed themselves to be somewhat unorthodox.
His last complete film is ominously titled Death on The Nile where Wonder Woman Gal Gadot plays his wife. I can’t see the two of them promoting the film together. Cannibalism is not quite conducive to good PR at a time when the world is going vegan.