Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, the two actors recalled their early rehearsals for the gay romance, which reportedly earned the year’s highest per-theater average opening in limited release over Thanksgiving weekend.
On the first day, Hammer said, director Luca Guadagnino asked the men to open the script to a random page and start acting out the scene. It just so happened to be a scene in which Hammer’s character, Oliver, starts making out with Chalamet’s Elio.
“We’re making out, and making out, and making out, and no one’s saying stop,” Hammer said. “All of a sudden, we both kind of stop and look, and Luca had just walked away and left us right there, rolling around in the grass.”
He then quipped, “It was a bit of an icebreaker.”
Chalamet and Hammer’s preparation process certainly worked, as their performances got an enthusiastic thumbs-up from DeGeneres herself, who said “Call Me By Your Name” was her favorite movie of the year.
The host had special praise for Chalamet, a breakout star this year thanks to turns in both “Call Me By Your Name” and “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age tale starring Saoirse Ronan.
“You are so sexy in this movie,” DeGeneres gushed. “Girls are gonna crazy, guys are gonna go crazy ... you’re amazing.”