Armie, Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothée Chalamet for W Magazine
Pictures by Mario Sorrenti ; Style : Armie wears an AG shirt and Tom Ford pants. Michael Stuhlbarg wears a Louis Vuitton sweater with Acne Studios jeans. Timothée Chalamet wears a Gucci shirt and Dior Homme jeans.
“If you’ve heard anything about Call Me by Your Name, which screened to a packed audience at the Toronto Film Festival this morning, it’s probably not about Michael Stuhlbarg. An intensely romantic and sexy story, starring chiseled-from-marble Armie Hammer and incandescently youthful Timothée Chalamet, it’s full of so many gorgeous, memorable moments - The lake! The piano! The peach!- that the man playing the bearded, amiable father could have slipped through the movie largely unnoticed.
That final scene makes Stuhlbarg’s essential role in the story clear - and it leaves the audience walking out of the theater thinking about him. Which could be the key to keeping Stuhlbarg in the conversation as the great machinery of awards season lumbers to life. He and Hammer will both be campaigned in the supporting categories, with Chalamet in lead, which puts Stuhlbarg at something of a disadvantage, since he has the smaller and far less flashy role. (At the center of the story, Hammer and Chalamet are both remarkable, and completely deserving of the full awards push they’ll each receive as well.)
And if Call Me by Your Name continues to be as well-received as it had been since its rapturous Sundance premiere, this movie may just be the one to get him over the finish line.” - Vanity Fair.
What was it like seeing your characters enacted on screen? Were there any surprises?
AA: It was simply gratifying. I never felt that they were alien to the book. I never felt that “Gee, this is strange, this doesn’t feel like the story I wrote or the characters I wrote about.” Rather what I kept thinking—and maybe this was tickling to my ego—I can’t believe that the pages I struggled over on the Upper West Side of Manhattan during a very hot and humid summer could have generated this amazingly beautiful film filled with so much longing and beautiful characters.
His perception of the relationship between Oliver and Elio is very tender. Why do you feel this is valuable for both the LGBT community (particularly young people) and the world at large to see this kind of parenting in the film?
MS: Perhaps Mr Perlman’s tenderness offers a loving voice of reason and compassion at a time when tenderness, reason, and compassion can be hard to come by. I find him a pure advocate of the human experience, whatever that experience may be for each of us.