"He said, ‘This young man, I just signed him – you should meet him because he has the qualities to be Elio,'" recalls Guadagnino. "It looked like perhaps it was going to come together that summer ... "It was complex, layered, contradictory, real and relatable – it was an awesome and accurate lens into what a young person experiences."Hammer's wait was even longer.
But according to Stuhlbarg, the prep time was not spent digging into the movie's themes of fleeting love and the anxious thrill of stumbling upon a possible soul mate. Look at a waterfall.' All of these, in some perverse and magical language, help tell the story." The actor shakes his head.
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As Hammer puts it, "I can tell you that, when you and one other person are the only naked people in a room full of non-naked people, it kind of galvanizes you a little bit."More than a decade ago, some criticized another beautiful gay love story, Brokeback Mountain, because of its casting of straight actors, alongside a straight director. but I struggle with the concept of defining a person by his or her sexual identity. I just don't get it, and I don't believe that the fight for civil rights – which is so crucially important – goes hand-in-hand with indictment of someone by his or her identity."Continuing this thought, he adds, "I do not cast my actors by their sexual identity. And I desire them because I can feel they mutually desire me.
But Guadagnino finds such logic insulting to his process of finding the right performers. I think that this is a very queer emotion, and I think it's much more queer than casting a renowned gay man to play a gay character.
"We had one day of sitting around a table reading the whole thing together, just to sort of lightly touch on everything," Stuhlbarg says. "I don't know how he did it.""Luca's films are boundary-less," says Chalamet, who notes that Guadagnino never had him read for the part, instead trusting his instincts that the young actor would be perfect.