Armie Hammer revealed on The Late Show on Monday that he is regularly asked to sign a particular fruit when approached by fans.
The actor joked that fans of the hit romance film Call Me by Your Name have seen his Broadway show Straight White Men to see his “range” in acting skills. “They come to see, ‘Can he play a straight man?'” he joked.
“It’s very funny cause the people that come, you can really kind of spot them right away and the biggest dead giveaway is they will normally hand me a peach,” Hammer said of Call Me by Your Name fans. The film features a scene in which Hammer’s love interest, played by Timothee Chalamet, masturbates with a peach. “I get handed at least a peach or two almost every stage door.”
Host Stephen Colbert asked the audience if anyone did not understand the reference. After a moment of silence, he retorted, “Well watch the film.”
“The first time someone handed me a peach I was like, ‘Oh, thanks,’ and they go, ‘No, no no. That’s not for you. Will you sign it for me?'” he said. “And I was like, ‘You want me to sign a peach?’ and they’re like, ‘Yeah’ and I’ve got a sharpie in my hand and I’m like, ‘OK,’ so I sign it and as I hand it back I go, ‘You’re not gonna eat that, are you?'” The actor revealed that no fans want to eat the signed peaches. “Then I was like, ‘What are you gonna do with it?'”
“Look, there’s obviously something they can do with it that would be more disturbing,” said Hammer. “The other side is like they’re gonna put that peach on a shelf cause it has my signature and in 10 days it’s gonna putrefy and their entire place is gonna be full of fruit flies.”
When Colbert joked that the peaches are like art installations, Hammer responded, “Watch it wither like Donald Trump’s presidency.”
“With Donald Trump’s presidency, much like that peach, we are f—d,” joked Colbert.
Hammer also confirmed that he keeps in touch with Chalamet. “He’s working on a project in London and he’s a New Yorker, he was born and raised here, so I’ll always call him like, ‘What do I do? Now I’m doing this,'” he said. Hammer recalled recently FaceTiming Chalamet while walking around a street fair.
The actor also addressed the possible Call Me by Your Name sequel. “I know that Luca [Guadagnino] has a story. I know that he has sort of sketched out a rough idea of what he wants to happen,” he said of the film’s director. “We don’t have a script yet, so feel free to badger him and encourage him and add fuel to the fire.”
Colbert brought up peaches one more time before concluding the subject. “This time is it a honeydew?” he asked about a new featured fruit. “Watermelon,” responded Hammer.