Armie Hammer talks about his chances of making a comeback.
Call Me By Your Name actor Armie Hammer sat down with Graydon Carter's Air Mail writer James Kirchick for his first interview since a sex abuse scandal imploded his life, Hollywood career, and marriage.
During his interview with Air Mail, Armie Hammer also discussed his chances of making a comeback in Hollywood, telling the publication that he doesn't see it happening anytime soon. The actor said that according to him, no one in the industry is going to hire him, no one is going to insure him and he cannot get bonded for anything adding that if someone tries to work with him, it will be projected as they are supporting an abuser and no one wants to be in that spot.
Armie Hammer continued that if someone tries to work with him or hire him from the industry, then they're liable to get canceled themselves because this fire that's burning itself through town—when they throw someone like him on the fire to protect themselves, what they don't realize is that all they're doing is making the fire bigger. The actor continued that the fire has gotten out of hand, and it's going to burn everyone and they continue to throw people on it as sacrifices to protect themselves.
Air Mail writer James Kirchick also spoke with Howard Rosenman, a producer on Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name, which stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. Howard said all the allegations against the actor are complete nonsense and according to him, Armie Hammer does deserve a chance to restart his career as an actor. The kink-shaming is just awful adding that he as a gay man who had sex for many, many years with many different kinds of people, understands this better than anyone.
James Kirchick also mentions sex-and-relationships columnist Dan Savage, who shared his thoughts on how much of the public's reaction to Armie Hammer's story is kink shaming.
Dan Savage shared what a trap it is to be rich, famous, and kinky adding that as if kinky famous people are a generation or two behind gay famous people. Dan continued to share that just getting consent, getting a yes—and ticking that box isn’t enough, as someone might consent to one's kinks not because they’re appealing to them, but because they’re attracted to fame and power. If a person discards them in two months—which was their intention all along—they will feel very violated by the sexual activity to which they consented. Dan pointed out that they would genuinely feel violated, and that they might even feel complicit in their violation because they said yes.
However, he also stated that this does not absolve Armie Hammer of responsibility because no one was present there to question whether Armie Hammer knowingly used his power and fame in these relationships to obtain consent. The sex-and-relationships columnist stated that he is not sure anyone who is not Armie Hammer can know for certain and that Armie Hammer may not even know for certain.
Armie Hammer's problems became public in January 2021, when several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and shared alleged messages from the star centered on BDSM and cannibalistic fantasies. The actor was soon dropped by his talent agency, WME, and his publicist, and later dropped from several acting projects, including Shotgun Wedding, in which he starred alongside Jennifer Lopez, and Gaslit, in which he starred alongside Julia Roberts and Sean Penn, as well as the Godfather-inspired Paramount+ series The Offer and Taika Waititi's Next Goal Wins.
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