DeGeneres effusively gushed, saying the film is likely her fave of the year, and grilled both actors on the rehearsal process.
Hammer revealed that on the very first day, director Luca Guadagnino ordered them to turn to a page in the script at random and act it out.
As fate would have it, they flipped to a scene where both characters passionately kiss for an extended period of time.
Guadagnino shouted “Action!” and he meant it.
Hammer explained the situation thus:
“We’re making out, and making out, and making out, and no one’s saying stop, and 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. It was a bit of an icebreaker.”
Later on, Chalamet says he realized people need to deal with razor burn with they kiss a stubbly soul.
“That’s a real thing people deal with,” he emphasized.
“Oh yes,” Ellen said. “I don’t any more. But I did.”