Social media is reading too much between the lines, according to director Luca Guadagnino.
The careers of Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet blew up after working with Guadagnino on Call Me by Your Name. Now, Hammer is facing accusations that he sexually harassed women and acted like a "cannibal" with them, all while Guadagnino is promoting his new film, Bones and All, where Chalamet plays a young cannibal.
In fact, the trailer for Bones and All was dropped around the same time as the trailer for Discovery+'s House of Hammer docuseries, which will explore the accusations against Hammer. However, Guadagnino didn't realize the timely correlation between those two things.
The director told Deadline:
"It didn't dawn on me. I realized this afterward when I started to be told of some of these innuendos on social media."
"Any link with anything else exists only in the realm of social media, with which I do not engage. The relationship between this kind of digital muckraking and our wish to make this movie is non-existent and it should be met with a shrug."
For the time being, Chalamet has stayed quiet on the social media speculation comparing Bones and All to the accusations faced by his former co-star Hammer. In turn, Hammer is deliberately keeping a low profile since these accusations came to the surface and he was basically ousted from working in Hollywood.
In July 2022, a lot of social media back-and-forth took place concerning a rumor that Hammer has been working as a timeshare salesman in the Cayman Islands. It first started as a joke that was then denied by Hammer's team, but further confirmation came forward after that initial denial - turning it into a very confusing situation.
Alas, Guadagnino really wants you to know that there is no correlation between his new movie and the claims against Hammer. Period.
House of Hammer premieres September 2 on Discovery+, whereas Bones and All is expected to premiere in theaters this November.
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