Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is filled with many idyllic, delightful moments, such as one scene in which Armie Hammer’s Oliver cuts loose on the dance floor to The Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way.” It turns out shooting that scene was anything but delightful for Hammer, who—in a bonus clip from Call Me By Your Name’s home release that Paste can exclusively debut today—called his dance sequence “the worst scene I’ve ever filmed in my life.”
In said clip from bonus feature “In Conversation With Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg & Luca Guadagnino,” embedded below, Hammer pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to film a dance scene: “There’s no music … you get a click track” and “a whole crew watching you bored,” the agitated actor explains. “It’s dead silent and you’re just like, jumping around going, ‘I feel like a total idiot.’”
“But that was me,” Hammer admits, “and that was the sort of derivation I had to sort of come to was that this is me and I hate this, but so much of what Oliver is experiencing in this moment is what makes Oliver kind of beautiful. He can be completely in his body and just be free, and just let himself go, and enjoy this moment. And that’s the biggest challenge I’ve ever had as an actor.” As we reported last fall, Hammer has said that he nearly passed on Call Me By Your Name because “it scared [him],” so it’s only fitting that the actor found himself pushed outside of his comfort zone by the role. We’re glad he took on the challenge—the results were wonderful.
Call Me By Your Name’s home release includes two featurettes (including the one excerpted below and “Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me By Your Name”), audio commentary—which, as you’ll see below, viewers are very much enjoying—and the music video for Sufjan Stevens’ Oscar-nominated contribution to the film’s soundtrack, “Mystery of Love.” The film, one of Paste’s top picks of 2017, was nominated for four Oscars overall, including Best Picture, with James Ivory’s script winning the award for best adapted screenplay.
Call Me By Your Name is available now on Digital, and out on Blu-ray and DVD today, Tuesday, March 13, via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Watch the bonus clip below and revisit the dancing scene that bedeviled Hammer so further down.