Well, that’s one way to break the ice.
Call Me By Your Name stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday where they shared the story of their first — and only — rehearsal together before filming.
“Luca [Guadagnino] our director one day says, ‘Okay let’s do a rehearsal, we are going to go into the backyard — join us,'” recalled Chalamet of filming at a villa in Italy.
Noting that the costars had never met before this encounter, Hammer says the two walked to a patch a grass and flipped their script to a randomly selected scene to practice.
“We get to the page on the script and all it says is ‘Elio and Oliver roll around in the grass making out,'” said Hammer. “We kind of look at each other and we are like, ‘All right, here we go!’ ”
But after Hammer and Chalamet started making out, the director stopped them and directed them to act more “passionately.”
“So we start making out, and we’re making out, and making out and no one is saying stop,” Hammer continued. “All the sudden we both kind of stop and we look and Luca had just walked away. He had just left us there rolling around in the grass.”
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Chalamet, who makes his breakout performance in the film, also told DeGeneres about learning the harsh realities of dealing with razor burn while filming.
“Armie didn’t have to deal with it because I am on the cusp of manhood and I don’t really have to shave ever, but he has a significant beard going on,” he said. “That’s a real thing people deal with!”
Since debuting at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the same-sex romance about the passionate journey of a teenage boy in love has been pegged as a surefire Oscar contender.
Call Me By Your Name is now in select theaters.