Armie Hammer: Actor pulls out of film over 'vicious' online abuse


2021/01/15  20:52

Today's Vocabulary

1. spurious (adj)
false and not what it appears to be, or (of reasons and judgments) based on something that has not been correctly understood and therefore false

2. circulated (v)
send something such as information, ideas, or documents from one person to another

3. purportedly (adv)
in a way that is
stated to be true, although this may not be the case

4. vicious (adj)
used to
describe an object, condition, or remark that causes great physical or emotional pain

5. pulled out (phr. v)
stop being involved in an activity

6. imminent (adj)
coming or
likely to happen very soon

7. explicit (adj)
clear and exact

Armie Hammer: Actor pulls out of film over 'vicious' online abuse

US actor Armie Hammer has pulled out of a new film with Jennifer Lopez after what he described as “vicious and spurious online attacks against me”. 

Hammer had been set to appear in the action comedy Shotgun Wedding. However, the star’s role will now be re-cast after private messages he supposedly sent were circulated online. In a statement, Hammer dismissed the messages and said the subsequent abuse meant he could no longer spend months away from his children while filming.

“I’m not responding to these [false] claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” the 34-year-old said, according to Deadline and Variety. The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name actor added that film studio Lionsgate “is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that”.

Hammer has two children aged six and three with TV host Elizabeth Chambers. The couple announced their divorce last summer. His name began trending over the weekend after explicit messages detailing disturbing sexual fantasies, which were purportedly sent by him, appeared online.

A spokesman for Shotgun Wedding told the PA news agency that the film’s producers accepted his decision. “Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision,” they said.

Hammer played the Winklevoss twins in 2010’s The Social Network and starred opposite Timothée Chalamet in 2017’s acclaimed drama Call Me By Your Name. He also appeared alongside Lily James in the Netflix adaptation of Rebecca, which came out last year.


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