How a Hollywood Star Fell: The Keys to the Armie Hammer Documentary

After completing specific roles in serials like veronica mars, Desperate Housewives Y gossip girlat 24, his rise has been marked by his participation in a milestone in 2010s cinema: Social networkDavid 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 major Hollywood projects, jumping to work under the direction of Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar2011) and sharing the screen with Julia Roberts (Mirrored mirror, 2012). He seemed to have the 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 be something different. Although he never completed his consolidation as a star, which promised his beginning, the turn that his career experienced at the beginning of 2021 could not be noticed by anyone: in January of the same year, he consistently left comedy a shotgun weddingwho will star alongside Jennifer Lopez, and the series The offerwhere he will take on the role of Albert S. Rudy, producer of Godfather (1972).

When he announced his departure from the first project, he cited the “perverse and false online attacks against me” as the alleged reason he chose to stay with his two young children rather than make the film.

With this, he pointed to the leak of information on an anonymous Instagram account in the previous weeks. In these conversations of the actor with other women were read, where he offers messages related to cannibalism, rape and other types of violence. Subsequently, a woman who claims to have had a relationship with him detailed her experiences with Page Six of The New York Post. It snowballed to the point where his consistency in the productions he was in became unsustainable.

House of the Hammer: Family Secrets reconstructs this dirty history. Aired last Friday on the HBO Max platform (on Discovery+ in the US), the documentary series examines in three episodes allegations of sexual abuse, emotional abuse and coercive control against the main character of call me by your name (2017).

His main testimony is that of Courtney Vucekovic, a Dallas-based cosmetics entrepreneur who began speaking with the translator in 2019 and was his partner the following year. It is through his words that the production transcends the question that has been circulating the Internet for the past few years: Is Armie Hammer a cannibal?

“I had lost all my sense of identity,” Vucekovic tells the camera. “I gave myself 100% to him… He used me in every way possible for months and I left him,” she says, after recounting episodes of non-consensual and coercive sadomasochistic behavior.

The documentary uses 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 the same invitation to them, and shortly after meeting them, he tried to subdue them and maintains complete control over their lives. A few say they warned they were in danger but didn’t immediately end the relationship (a point made clear by abuse expert voices).

Casey Hammer. Photo: Talos Films/Discovery

No charges have been filed against Hammer at this time, but the case remains open. “A special 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 documentaries widens with the inclusion of Casey Hammer, Armie’s aunt, who delves into the history of a millionaire clan. Armand Hammer, the translator’s great-grandfather, amassed the family’s fortune through the oil company Occidental Petroleum and was involved in numerous controversies, both in the public (Watergate) and private spheres. With him would begin a lineage united generation after generation because of his alleged mistreatment of women.

Casey had described this in detail survival of my birthright (2015), a book that was revived by an internet user who created a TikTok account to analyze Chuka’s edges, while the scandal surrounding the star of The agent of CIPOL (2015). Perhaps this post, as well as other articles on portals, explain this story with greater accuracy and nuance, but for the majority of the audience it can be an illustrator.

In this sense, the inclusion of the actor’s aunt is less a source of revelation than the resource that unifies the look of the documentary: Armie Hammer would be the latest member of a clan of men who have been getting away with it for decades and women who now expose, are not the first to suffer at the hands of men of his lineage.

Directors Eli Hakami and Julian P. Hobbs are to be commended for their handling of this deeply disturbing material. in a journalistically seasoned and sensitive manner, while weaving in archival footage of the Hammer family,” commented the Chicago Sun-Times.

Instead, IndieWire identified their audience as “the person who doesn’t know much about pop culture, doesn’t spend time on social media, and watches a lot of Discovery+. This is a Google search for people who don’t want to read a long article. This is good. But to sell it as the multi-generational story of a family with all the horrors of the Marquis de Sade is a bit of a stretch.”

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