Since piv­ot­ing from stu­dio pic lead­ing men goals to grab­bing meaty in­die roles, ar­mie Ham­mer’s ca­reer has soared. he tells to­tal Film about tak­ing a fresh eye on act­ing com­bined with a dGaF at­ti­tude. Yeah, twit­ter, he’s talk­ing about you…

Total Film - - Contents - Words Jane crowther Por­trait Maarten de Boer

The star talks se­quels, so­cial me­dia and his new drama On The Ba­sis Of Sex.

You wouldn’t know it from his rangy, ath­letic build and de­fined mus­cu­la­ture, but Ar­mie Ham­mer is an epi­curean. A self-con­fessed foodie who reg­u­larly posts his din­ners on so­cial plat­forms (a lot of meat), talks wist­fully of eight-hour lunches in Italy while film­ing Call Me By Your Name, and is mar­ried to the CEO of a bak­ery chain, he is de­ter­minedly ri­fling through the mini-bar in his Clar­idge’s Ho­tel suite when To­tal Film ar­rives, in search of beef jerky. Stop­ping to shake hands firmly, he sighs “it would just be bore­dom eat­ing any­way”, with the dis­ap­point­ment of a man thwarted in his snack quest be­fore get­ting stuck into a dis­cus­sion on the mer­its of bil­tong op­posed to jerky.

It’s apt that the Cal­i­for­nia-born, Cay­man Is­land-raised 32-year-old should be talk­ing grub when we’re meet­ing up to dis­cuss his lat­est role as the hus­band of Ruth Bader Gins­burg (Felic­ity Jones) in On The Ba­sis Of Sex, a film ex­plor­ing how a bright law stu­dent mor­phed into a his­tory-mak­ing equal­ity cru­sader and Supreme Court Jus­tice. Marty Gins­burg was a shin­ing le­gal ea­gle, too, but recog­nised his wife’s tal­ent and drive and be­came not only her fiercest cham­pion, but also the pri­mary carer of the fam­ily – whip­ping up gas­tro din­ners while she lawyered through the night. Through­out the film, Ham­mer chops veg at chef-speed and flips siz­zling pans like a man who knows his way around a kitchen.

“I know how to cook,” he nods, look­ing like a par­ent sit­ting on a kinder­garten chair, his long legs folded al­most dou­ble to col­lapse his 6ft 5in frame on a sofa. “I love it. It’s one of the things that brings me the most joy out­side of my fam­ily. Marty loved cook­ing – he re­ally rel­ished how food brought peo­ple to­gether and loved en­ter­tain­ing, so there was a scene where I was chop­ping, and I was like,

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