Armie Hammer Calls Out James Woods Over Tweet

James Woods is being called out for criticizing a new movie featuring an inter-generational romance between two male characters.

In Call Me By Your Name, which screened at TIFF last week, Timothée Chalamet plays a 17-year-old who falls for a 24-year-old man, played by Armie Hammer. 

(In real life, Chalamet is 21 and Hammer is 31.)

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Woods, a famously conservative commentator on social media, decided to weigh in.

“As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency,” the 70-year-old tweeted, adding a hashtag reference to the North American Man/Boy Love Association.

Hammer fired back: “Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60?,” he tweeted at Woods, a reference to Ashley Madison, whom Woods dated from 2007 to 2013. Then, when he was 66, Woods started dating 20-year-old Kristen Bauguess.

Actress Amber Tamblyn also took Woods to task by sharing that “James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. ‘I’m 16’ I said. ‘Even better’ he said.”

This prompted someone on Twitter to ask Woods: “What makes a 24yo/17yo gay relationship inherently indecent but skeevy old guys trying to pick up a pair of 16 year old girls is okay?”

The actor replied: “The first is illegal. The second is a lie.” (In fact, the age of consent in many jurisdictions — including Canada — is 16.)

Woods later tweeted that “the libs are yelping” and “troll traffic is up” since his tweet about Hammer’s movie. “I don't pay any attention really,” he wrote. “I like Armie Hammer as an actor though. A lot.”