No doubt, you’ve already heard plenty about that scene from the upcoming gay drama Call Me By Your Name.
The film adaptation of André Caiman’s 2007 novel revolves around 17-year-old high schooler Elio (Timothée Chalet), who develops a massive crush on 24-year-old grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer) in the summer of ’83.
The film, as well as the book, features a notorious scene in which Elio has an intimate encounter with a peach. It almost didn’t make it into the film, but it’s most definitely there in the final cut.
And apparently Chalamet is a method actor, because he, erm, dove deep into his research to fully exploit the subtext of the scene.
As did director Luca Guadagnino.
“I was tempted to remove it from the script, “ Guadagnino tells OUT.
“In the book, it is so strong and explicit that I thought it was a metaphor, something that couldn’t exist in real life.”
“I was struggling with the possibility that you can masturbate yourself with such a fruit.”
Unselfishly, he decided to share this privileged information with Chalet:
“I went to Timothée and said, ‘We shoot the scene, because I tried it and it worked.’
“And he said, ‘I tried, too, and I already knew it worked.’”
Two consummate professionals, not afraid to get their hands dirty, and willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill their artistic vision.