The lushly-shot gay romantic drama, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, is set to hit cinemas next month. It chronicles the impassioned love affair of a teen American boy, Elio (Chalamet), and an older American grad student named Oliver (Hammer) who comes to stay at his parents’ house in Italy during the summer of 1983.

Already it’s quickly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the years and even generating Oscar buzz, but Hammer — who is a straight, married, cisgendered white dude — has revealed that he almost turned down the starring role.

“I did want to pass. It scared me,” the actor admitted, before revealing the surprising reason behind his fear.

“To be perfectly honest, I think the reason I took this movie, and the reason I had to take this movie, is that it scared me. It made me uncomfortable, it challenged me, and it pushed me,” Hammer said.

But if you read his full quotes from his recent interview, he’s not actually afraid of the gay love scenes per se, but ANY love scenes: “I was terrified before we were going to do it. I wouldn’t say it out loud… But I was nervous. This was a new experience. Having to free yourself so completely while being naked with a man in front of a room full of people, when you think about the prospect of that, it sounds really difficult. But when you’re there doing it, it’s incredible easy. So, the build-up was a lot more intense than the actual filming.”

He adds: “I don’t really feel that there’s much of a difference. Trying to create chemistry with a human is trying to create chemistry with a human. It’s about taking it off of yourself and reading them and taking what they’re giving you and allowing it to affect you. It’s about being so close and intimate with someone that you can detect those subtle changes that allow you to go on this sort of subtle dance.”

Watch his full interview together with his costar Chalamet:

He’s 31. Timothée’s 21.

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The lushly-shot gay romantic drama, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, is set to hit cinemas next month. It chronicles the impassioned love affair of a teen American boy, Elio (Chalamet), and an older American grad student named Oliver (Hammer) who comes to stay...