Director Luca Guadagnino makes no apologies for casting two straight actors to play gay lovers in his film Call Me by Your Name.
‘I prefer much more never to investigate or label my performers in any way,’ Guadagnino tells The Hollywood Reporter.
‘I only cast the actors and actresses I fall in love with — truly having an emotion for them, an anticipation and enthusiasm when seeing them — and I believe that my emotional confidence in them blends into chemistry. It’s always been like that, and I hope I won’t be wrong in the future.’
In the film, Timothée Chalamet plays a 17-year-old student and Armie Hammer plays the 24-year-old tutor with whom he becomes romantically involved.
‘This film is about the blossoming of love and desire, no matter where it comes from and toward what,’ Guadagnino says.
‘So I couldn’t have ever thought of casting with any sort of gender agenda.’
In one scene, the teen masturbates with a cut-open peach. He then gets a visit from His tutor who tastes the peach. The two then have sex.
But the film s not as sexually explicit as it could have been.
‘I wasn’t interested at all,’ the director says. ‘The tone would’ve been very different from what I was looking for. I wanted the audience to completely rely on the emotional travel of these people and feel first love.’