Chew on this: Armie Hammer, dashing Jewish tall-person and co-star of the Oscar winning “Call Me By Your Name” says he receives “at least a peach or two” just about every day from fans of the movie.
Hammer, whose excruciating handsomeness is matched only by his true acting talent and wild Jewish oil-baron pedigree, told Stephen Colbert on Monday night that his plum position (see what I did there) has born some strange fruit. (See?!)
Hammer is currently starring in the Broadway production of “Straight White Men” (if the title rankles you, that means the show would probably benefit you, by-the-by,) and told Colbert that “Call Me By Your Name” fans are easy to spot after the show. “The biggest dead giveaway is, they will normally hand me a peach,” Hammer said. “Like, I get handed at least a peach or two every stage door.”
The peaches are an ode to a moment that originated in Jewish writer Andre Aciman’s tremendous novel “Call Me By Your Name,” that also appears in the movie. The moment is infamous because it is unrepentantly erotic (the peach is used as a device for self-pleasure) but also because the way the fruit represents Hammer’s character demonstrating radical desire for his male partner. Of course, the movie only gives us a faint blush of this explicit moment — it’s watered down compared to the scene in the book, while another, totally unfit-for-print moment involving a toilet is excised completely. That’s why, my mother would tell you, you should always read the book before seeing the movie.
But back to Hammer, modern-day Greek statue who went on to explain to Colbert that the peaches are not a gift for him, but rather keepsakes fans want signed. And what will they do with their signed peaches? Whatever it is, we hope it will be fruitful.
Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny