Call Me By Your Name was the sort of movie that had a profound impact on a lot of people as it focused on a love story that isn't often told in Hollywood films. However, it's causing people to make odd requests of Armie Hammer. The actor recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his debut appearance on Broadway, but Hammer says that many of the fans waiting for him after the show are clearly fans of the film, as they hand him a particular piece of fruit. According to the actor...
It's very funny cause the people that come, you can really kind of spot them right away and the biggest dead giveaway is they will normally hand me a peach. I get handed at least a peach or two almost every stage door.
It would be one thing if the Armie Hammer fans wanted to simply give him a peach as a knowing reference, but it seems that what they actually want is an autograph on the peach. Of course, Hammer points out to Stephen Colbert that while having his autograph on a peach might seem cool for a couple days, but if the peach just sits on a shelf, it's going to eventually begin to rot, which will make the autograph much less appealing.
For anybody that isn't up to speed, a peach plays a role in a particularly memorable scene in Call Me By Your Name, where Armie Hammer's co-star Timothée Chalamet uses the fruit as a masturbation aid. Thus the fruit has become an iconic symbol of the movie. Also, Armie Hammer personally verified that the scene is valid because using a peach in the fashion apparently totally works. Now you know.
As memorable as the scene was, that came from how intimate and personal the moment was for Timothée Chalamet's character in the film. It seems odd that people would want Armie Hammer's autograph on an item like that. Maybe the fact that the peach will be dead in a few days is part of why people are doing this, it will be gone soon and so it's no big deal. Anybody who tries to preserve the autograph is just going to think of a guy masturbating every time they look at it. Is that really what people want?
It does show, however, that there are a lot of people who certainly think very highly of Call Me By Your Name. The film was nominated for four Acadamy Awards earlier this year and it won one of them, Best Adapted Screenplay for James Ivory's script. No word if Timothée Chalamet receives similar items from fans.