Armie Hammer covers the December 2015 issue of L’Uomo Vogue. The magazine unveils three additional covers. Actors Armie Hammer, Kurt Russell and Kodi Smit-McPhee grace distinct covers snapped by photographer Francesco Carrozzini.
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He talks quickly with a tone of voice that conveys ener- gy, courtesy, enthusiasm. He comes from an upper-class family (his great-grandfather was the founder of the Hammer Museum); he was born in L.A. but grew up on the Caymans. When he was 12 he was bedazzled by ac- tion movies and decided that his future was in films. “There’s not a role in this business that doesn’t fascinate me. I’m seriously considering becoming a director, with my wife (Elizabeth Chambers, editor’s note) as the producer”.
In the meantime, however, he’s a super-busy ac- tor. «In “The Birth of a Nation”, the story of a slave re- bellion in Virginia before the American Civil War, I’m a plantation owner who helps his slaves learn to read and write. I accepted to do Free Fire, which was all shot in one room in real time, because I really wanted to work with Ben Wheatley, a director who has always surprised audiences with movies that are all very different from each other. I’m currently shooting “Nocturnal Animals”, helmed by Tom Ford. I play Amy Adams’s husband, but the lead male is actually Jake Gyllenhaal. In addition to directing the movie, Tom also wrote the script. He has a maniacal attention to detail and personally supervises all the hair and makeup tests. For the first time in seven years I’m filming in L.A., and I can go home every evening and take care of my daughter. She’ll have her first birthday in December, she has changed my life for the better in at le- ast a million ways. I even love changing her diapers! Then I’ll be in Stanley Tucci’s “The Final Portrait”, a movie about Alberto Giacometti starring Geoffrey Rush».
The- se films are all potentially more interesting than the 29-ye- ar-old’s last few. After debuting to high critical praise, he appeared in “Mirror Mirror”, “The Lone Ranger” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”. He, however, seems to re- member them all with equal pleasure. «If, today, I had to take on the double role of the Winklevoss twins in “The Social Network”, I’d be aware of the difficulties whereas at the time I was simply thrilled at the opportunity of studying the psychology of two characters instead of just one». Of his Clyde Tolson in Clint Eastwood’s Hoover biopic, “J. Edgar”, he remembers that «On the first day on the set Clint asked me to smile at DiCaprio, without telling me anything about the scene. We smiled at each other and Eastwood said: “OK, print that”. I was astoni- shed; I’d just come from filming with Fincher, 60 takes for every single scene. The hard part was playing my cha- racter as an old man. I had to get up at four in the mor- ning for a six-hour makeup session. It was like having my face encased in rubber, I could hardly move it». No em- barrassment about playing DiCaprio’s lover: «Leo is awesome, incredible. He’s totally serious on the job, always concentrated».
Armie played the prince in “Mir- ror Mirror” because he was interested in working with Tarsem Singh after seeing the director’s “The Cell”. And he had lots of fun on the set with Julia Roberts. «“The Lone Ranger” is the most challenging movie I’ve ever done. One hundred and sixty days non-stop of shooting and a major physical training program because although there were stuntman, if you want to know what kind of expression you have when you fall off a horse, you have to try falling a few times. Not to mention the director who said to me, on the second day, “You have to be more expressive”. But I wore a mask nearly all the time, so I couldn’t use my eyes. I had to learn to be expressive through my posture, the movement of my shoulders. It was a pleasure to work with Johnny Depp, he’s a very generous actor. It was also fantastic to be part of the cast of Guy Ritchie’s movie (editor’s note: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”). We all spent lots of time together at his house to prepare for shooting, it was a lot of fun. I’m only sorry I missed the chance of working with Tom Cruise; when I signed up for the movie he was suppo- sed to play my rival, the American secret agent Napole- on Solo. But he left two weeks before filming started»
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