So these are a slightly different inspiration to me in the form that neither of them are in the LGBT community however doesn’t take away the fact that they are huge LGBT inspirations to me. So they came into my life more recently, in the form of the film Call me by your name, which is juts a heart wrenching rollercoaster ride about love, homosexuality in the 80s and distance.
The film itself resonated with me on so many levels, as it echoed a time of life that is very raw and very close to my heart so the film was an instant hit for me when I watched it in the cinemas, I even wrote a post about it!
However in this post I am not going to focus so much on the story but the actors who make this story into such a beautiful reality. Timothee Chalamet, apart from being ridiculously good looking, plays the part of Elio so so well. His breathtaking performance in the film really cements his talent of acting and he epitomises the role of a closeted gay boy, falling in love with a more self aware guy, and the story is just so believable and looks real thanks to the level of quality and artistry in his work. Armie Hammer is the same. I have seen him in other films but this film I feel is the first where I got to see him at his best. He played the character of Oliver so well, I forget his name is Armie, same with Timothee. For me they are both Oliver and Elio, and I would not have it any other way!
I find it almost magical when a film like this happens. Where two straight men in real life can play so so well, two deeply in love homosexual men. For me its the real definition of acting isn’t it? Pursuing and playing a character that can be completely different to your normal self.
All in all I have grown to love them as a couple, not a romantic but an acting couple. They have such a chemistry and it shows so well in Call me by your name. They, for me, act as inspirational characters that have changed me and showed me a whole new side of LGBT film.
Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer will always be great Pride Inspirations for me.