How a Hollywood star fell: the keys to the documentary about Armie Hammer

After completing specific roles in series such as veronica mars, Desperate housewives Y Gossip GirlAt the age of 24, his takeoff was marked by his participation in a film milestone of the 2010s: social redDavid Fincher’s film about the origins of Facebook and the lights and shadows of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).

Playing brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss allowed Armie Hammer to get on the radar of big Hollywood projects, jumping to work under Clint Eastwood (J. edgar2011) and screen share with Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror2012). It seemed to have material to build a successful career in the industry, even if it was far from sweeping the box office (The Lone Ranger2013).

The reality would hold something different. Although he never finished consolidating as the star that his beginnings promised, the turn that his career experienced at the beginning of 2021 could not have been noticed by anyone: in January of that year he consecutively left the comedy forced marriagethat he would star alongside Jennifer Lopez, and the series The offerwhere he would assume the role of Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of The Godfather (1972).

When announcing his departure from the first project, he alluded to the “perverse and false online attacks against me” as a supposed reason for choosing to stay in the company of his two young children instead of filming the film.

With this he pointed to the leaks made in an anonymous Instagram account during the previous weeks. In these conversations of the actor with other women were read, where he suggested messages linked to cannibalism, rape and other types of violence. Subsequently, a woman who claimed to have had a relationship with him detailed having suffered similar situations in a conversation with Page Six of The New York Post. The snowball grew to a point where his permanence in the productions in which he was involved became unsustainable.

House of Hammer: Family Secrets reconstruct that sordid history. Premiered last Friday on the HBO Max platform (on Discovery+ in the US), the documentary series addresses in three episodes the accusations of sexual assault, emotional abuse and coercive control against the protagonist of call me by your name (2017).

His main testimony is that of Courtney Vucekovicha beauty entrepreneur from Dallas who started talking to the interpreter in 2019 and was his partner for the following year. It is through her words that the production looks beyond the question that has proliferated on the internet for the last couple of years: Is Armie Hammer a cannibal?

“I had lost all my sense of identity,” Vucekovich says on camera. “I gave myself to him 100%… He used me in every way humanly possible for months, and I left him,” he says, after recounting episodes of nonconsensual S&M behavior and coercion.

The documentary resorts to other women – through interviews or archives – to illustrate that there would be a pattern in the actor’s behavior: he contacted them through social networks, made them the same invitation, and shortly after meeting them he sought to subdue them and maintain total control. about their lives. Several say they have warned that they were in danger, but did not immediately cut the link (a point explained by expert voices in abuse).

Casey Hammer. Photo: Talos Films/Discovery

No charges have been filed against Hammer at this time, but the case remains open. “A specially assigned prosecutor is working with law enforcement as they continue their investigation.A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told CNN.

The focus of the docuseries expands with the inclusion of Casey Hammer, Armie’s aunt, who delves into the history of a millionaire clan. Armand Hammer, the interpreter’s great-grandfather, built the family’s fortune through the Occidental Petroleum oil company and was involved in multiple controversies, both in the public (Watergate) and private spheres. With him, a lineage united generation by generation would have begun due to his alleged mistreatment of women.

Casey had detailed that in Surviving my birthright (2015), a book that was revived by an internet user who created a TikTok account to dissect the Hammer’s edges while the scandal around the star of The CIPOL Agent (2015). Probably that publication –as well as other articles on portals– explain that story with greater accuracy and nuances, but for the bulk of the public it can be an illustrator.

In that sense, the inclusion of the actor’s aunt is less a source of revelations than the resource that unites the look of the documentary: Armie Hammer would be the last member of a clan of men who have gotten away with it for decades and women who now denounce him are not the first to have suffered at the hands of the men of his lineage.

The directors, Elli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs, are to be commended for handling this deeply alarming material. in a journalistically sound and sensitive way, while weaving together archival footage of the Hammer family,” opined the Chicago Sun-Times.

Instead, IndieWire found their audience to be “the person who doesn’t know much about pop culture, doesn’t spend time on social media, and watches a lot of Discovery+. It’s a Google search for people who don’t want to read a lengthy article. That’s fine. But to sell it as the multigenerational story of a family with all the horrors of the Marquis de Sade is a bit of a stretch.”

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