Armie Hammer Talks Shirtless Mirror Mirror Scenes & More

As I was going to sleep last Monday night, I was reflecting on my day… working part-time in the morning (yes, I’m the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs), fitting in a workout DVD, taking three kids to their gymnastics class after school, chasing the twins during gymnastics (inevitably, they run in different directions… I get another workout), getting everyone home, home-work completed, five kids fed, then put to bed, saying hello to the hubby when he gets home, working on Breezy Mama/ForKidsEntertainment for three hours, dinner with the hubby, then bed… there was just one thing I almost forgot about: TALKING ON THE PHONE WITH ARMIE HAMMER THAT DAY!

Speaking with Prince Alcott from Mirror Mirror that opens Friday (March 30th) was definitely a surreal 30 minutes to add into my normal Monday mix. On the phone with a few other bloggers, we each got a chance to ask the actor who played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network and will also star along side Johnny Depp in the upcoming The Lone Ranger (check out the photo here) a few questions. From how he felt about often being shirtless in the movie (ahem) to Julia Roberts’ kids (ahem, ahem), here’s what went down.

When your character sees Snow [White], it’s love at first sight, kindred spirits kind of thing. Do you believe in that personally? And what kind of advice would you offer young people who believe they’ve met the one?

I do believe in love at first sight, but I wouldn’t have if I didn’t experience it. When I first met my wife, I remember everything she was wearing the first time I saw her. And that was almost six years ago at this point.

So, I do believe in love at first sight, and I think that’s something that I recognized in the script. And so, it’s like, “I feel like I can bring some truth to that. I have actually been through that. Lucky me.”

I would say for young people who think they’ve found the one, it’s a commitment. If you think you’ve found the one and you’re willing to really knuckle down and say, “You know what? I’m not sure what’s going to be happening in 20 years, but I’m willing to work on this for that long of a period.” 30 years, 50 years, 60 years, 70 years, whatever it is, it’s a serious commitment. And if you think you’re ready to make it, I say don’t take it lightly but do it. It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

What can you tell us about what it was like to work with not just one but two intelligent and beautiful actresses, Julia Roberts and Lily Collins?

It was a treat. It was amazing. I consider myself very fortunate to get to work with Julia and Lily, like you said, both very intelligent actresses. And especially seeing Julia, who has gotten to do this for a longer period of time than either of us, Lily or myself, to get to watch her and see how the experience has sort of accumulated. Also, to see how much she knows about this business, and to say, “Wow, I hope that when I’ve been doing this 10 years that I’ve accumulated 10 years worth of knowledge.”

We were speaking with Lily a couple weeks ago, she had mentioned she got a lot of time watching Julia Roberts interact with her own kids, because they were on the set. Did you meet Julia Roberts’ kids?

I did meet Julia’s kids, and they’re great.

And did they view you as the prince still in character, or did you just meet them sort of more personally?

It was just a more personal kind of thing.

By the way, that answer about your wife earlier, I’m totally dying because that was so sweet. I am definitely going to make my husband read that. So, I was just wondering, do you have a lot of jokes in your household about that you’re a prince, have you joked about that with your wife at all?

Not really. Not too many prince jokes, no. I think at this point that’s pretty far removed from us. We’re now focusing on other things. Elizabeth [his wife] has the bakery. That’s what she’s really focusing on, and I’ve got The Lone Ranger [2013]. So, if anything, there’s a lot of cowboy jokes going on more than anything.

Underneath my fingernails will be filthy and she’ll ask, “Would you please stop pretending to be a cowboy and go take a shower?” And I’ll say [in cowboy drawl], “Baby, there were no showers out on the prairie. Out on the open range, you didn’t shower.” And she’s like, “Get in the shower.” It’s like, “All right.”

What your initial reaction to some of the crazier costumes like the top hat with the bunny ears? And, what was your gut reaction to being told that was what you’re going to wear?

Yes. I think honestly my initial reaction is, “You really want me to wear that?” But, when you’re standing on that set and you are looking at the extravagant nature of everything, the [Mirror Mirror] costumes fit in. They make sense. It’s not like you’d look at the costumes and go, “How bizarre.”

But, when you’re in New York City and you’re standing in a fitting room with a wardrobing lady and several tailors and you’re standing in a room with a bunch of fluorescent lights and you look at yourself in a mirror, you just kind of go, “Really? I mean, really?”

But, then, you get on the set and it all fits in perfectly to the visual. All of the walls are painted specific colors depending on which character was going to be shooting scenes in there the most. And, the colors were chosen depending on which colors would react best for the colors of the wardrobe on the camera. Everything was completely thought through in a very meticulous kind of way. So, you kind of have to suspend your initial hesitance and just go for it. And it ended up really working out.

I was actually looking through some of the production notes, and it mentioned that you are someone men can relate to and women can fall in love with, which, as Chelsea [BreezyMama.com] mentioned after the whole your wife six years ago comment, I think we all would agree with that. But, how would you react to that comment? And did you describe this role as that same way?

I hadn’t heard that comment, but my initial reaction is to say thank you. I would say when I initially took this role, I wasn’t really thinking about anything other than how do we make this not just Prince Charming? And that really consumed a lot of time and a lot of work. In fact, [Director] Tarsem and I spent a lot of time discussing and talking about this character and trying to do something with it, something more than just Prince Charming, which is really easy to fall into when you’re doing a fairytale movie like this.

I think it’s a easy trap. That’s why it’s been hit so many times. It just happens. So, we got a chance to try to do something else with it, and that’s really what we were focusing on.

What was your favorite scene in the movie and why?

Jeez, I don’t know. My favorite scene probably to film was all the sword-fighting scenes. There were several really great sword-fighting scenes, including one really long one I had with Lily and then also one where I fought seven people at the same time. There’s a lot of exciting swordplay that was happening and a lot of fun training leading up to it.

Was it difficult for you to sword fight with Lily?

Yes. You know what? It actually kind of was. I felt like I was just going to hurt her. I’ve been raised my whole life that you don’t fight with girls. You don’t hit girls. And then to swing a sword at this girl who looks relatively defenseless, you’re like, “Oh, please block this,”. So, you just feel guilty.

What did you think about the Bollywood dance number at the end?

I was just very glad that, for my character, that it shows that he was not very quick to join in on the dance [laughs]. It was a great ending, though. I mean, it brings a lot of fun life to it. I have got to say, after filming it for two days or so, I still have that song stuck in my head.

So, we talked about costumes, but you were also shirtless a lot in the movie.

You know, I was shirtless maybe twice, maybe.

Was there anything you did to prepare knowing that you would be shirtless ‘maybe twice’?

Bacon sandwiches.

Bacon?

Tons and tons of bacon.

Girl Scout cookies?

Yes, Girl Scout cookies and bacon. Girl Scout cookie sandwiches with bacon on the inside.
No, honestly what I did to prepare was I tried to do nothing more than what a prince would have done in the time. A prince of the time didn’t have a Bowflex in his basement. There wasn’t a sense of vanity where it was like, “I have to have perfect pecs and I have to have the six-pack abs.”

I’ve definitely gotten bigger for roles. I was in much better shape for The Social Network than I was for this. But, it wouldn’t make sense to be super ripped as a prince of that time. No one looked like that, period, up until the ’80s or the ’70s when bodybuilding started to really become a thing. No one was that preoccupied by it.

So, I really just worked out when I was sword fighting. I tried not to go to the gym more than I needed to. I tried to just keep it realistic, and it ended up still looking like I didn’t spend every hour in the gym, which was perfect.

Well, you looked great. Thank you.

And I got to eat a lot of bacon sandwiches while I was doing it, which was great. I actually ate so many in the process of filming that at one point the people who were doing the craft services came up to me and they’re like, “You really need to slow down with the bacon. We’ll keep making them for you if you want them, but we just wanted to say for peace of mind, please slow down on them now.”

Okay. Now that you have worked with Clint Eastwood and Johnny Depp, do you have someone that you want to work with or a dream project that is still in the future for you?

I would just love to work with people who are passionate about what they do. I feel like that’s very infectious. And I feel like when you’re working with somebody who loves what they’re doing, it never, ever, ever feels like work.

And I’ve just been very fortunate to get to work with people who are passionate. And I feel like I’m very passionate about this. And it’s not only contagious, but it’s like an iron sharpening iron kind of thing. You work with talented, passionate people and you end up in projects where that rubs off.

And it’s just been great. I feel very fortunate. I’ve gotten to work with really great people. After this, I am probably going to take a period where I slum it and just work with C list, at best, directors…

And, by the way, that slumming comment, just so it’s not misinterpreted, was supposed to be very sarcastic.

I was wondering what it was like to transition from filming Mirror Mirror to The Lone Ranger. Was it a fun transition? Was it hard to get into such a different character?

No, no, no. It’s fun. This is very much like the perk of the job. I got to go run around in fairytale land and sprinkle fairy dust on everything. And then, as soon as I was done with that, I took a shower and then I put on a pair of cowboy boots and I went and I rolled around in the mud for a while.

And it’s been great. It’s like you get to do a little bit of everything. Getting a chance to kind of hang up the purple costumes and put on the spurs has been really nice. I feel like it’s a good way to balance everything out.

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