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Armie Hammer defends gay age-gap love in Call Me By Your Name: ‘The age of consent in Italy is 14’

'The younger guy goes after the older guy. The dynamic is not older predator versus younger boy'

Armie Hammer defends gay age-gap love in Call Me By Your Name: ‘The age of consent in Italy is 14’
Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet star in Call Me By Your Name | Photo: Call Me By Your Name

Armie Hammer has addressed criticism of the central age-gap relationship in his new movie Call Me By Your Name.

The critically-acclaimed romance follows the gay love affair between 17-year-old Elio and 20-something Oliver.

‘Whether I agree with that or not, that’s a whole ‘nother Oprah, you know?’

‘We weren’t trying to make some salacious, predatory movie,’ Hammer told The Hollywood Reporter.

‘The age of consent in Italy is 14. So, to get technical, it’s not illegal there. Whether I agree with that or not, that’s a whole ‘nother Oprah, you know?’

He furthermore continued: ‘Would it make me uncomfortable if I had a 17-year-old child dating someone in their mid-20s? Probably.

‘But this isn’t a normal situation: The younger guy goes after the older guy. The dynamic is not older predator versus younger boy.’

The two characters are 17 and 24 in the book. In real life, during the shoot, Chalamet and Hammer were 19 and 29, respectively.

‘Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60…….?’

Last month, Armie also called out the 70-year-old actor James Woods for implying the on-screen relationship in Call Me By Your Name is immoral.

Woods, known for his work on Family Guy, said on Twitter: ‘As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency’, along with the North American Man/Boy Love Association hashtag and a link to another tweet about the film.

Armie, who has generated Oscar buzz around his performance, replied saying: ‘Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60…….?’

He addressed the incident with Hollywood Reporter, saying: ‘He had no moral high ground to stand on and was cheapening what we did.’

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