Director Luca Guadagnino’s queer coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name follows an Italian summer fling between actor Armie Hammer and newcomer Timothée Chalamet. Despite the widely-accepted praise, some criticism recently arose over the age gap between the two lead characters.
Early last month, film critic James Woods called out Hammer for his role in the film, where his character, Oliver, is 24 and Chalamet’s Elio is 17.
“As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency,” Woods tweeted, signing off with hashtag #NAMBLA, or "North American Man Boy Love Association."
Savagely, and quite unexpectedly, Hammer fired back at Woods’ hypocritical tweet. The CMBYN actor humorously referenced Woods' 2007 relationship with 19-year-old Ashley Madison by tweeting, “Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60...?”
Didn't you date a 19 year old when you were 60.......?
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) September 11, 2017
But Woods wasn’t CMBYN’s only critic. Last Saturday, another film-goer came for the lead actors’ age gaps. Leo Ebbs tweeted at Hammer, “Wow, did you act in a film about pedophilia. Are you a pedophile? Do you promote such depravity?”
You do know that you live in a state where the age of consent is 16, right....? Ok. Now shut up.
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) October 7, 2017
Hammer fired back unabashedly, again, tweeting, “You do know that you live in a state where the age of consent is 16, right....? Ok. Now shut up.”
You can catch the fiery Armie Hammer and his co-star Timothée Chalamet, next month, when Call Me By Your Name opens in theaters nationwide.