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    Armie Hammer Almost Didn't Star In "Call Me By Your Name" With Timothée Chalamet

    "They made a very convincing hot couple."

    Turns out Armie Hammer almost lost out his role in Call Me by Your Name to Shia LaBeouf.

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    The film's screenwriter, James Ivory, just revealed that Shia's audition took everyone by surprise — and he came pretty close to being cast alongside Timothée Chalamet.

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    James recounted the audition process in his new memoir, Solid Ivory, where he explained that he was hesitant at first about Shia's involvement with the film.

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    "Shia LaBeouf...had been contacted for the part of Oliver. At this, I was doubtful. I didn't know much about him, so I watched some of his films," James wrote, according to GQ.

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    He continuned, "He's an extremely good actor. But as an academic writing about the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, he would be a stretch...I thought, he would be a sort of diamond-in-the-rough-scholar type."

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    But when Shia flew out to read with Timothée, everyone was incredibly impressed by the duo's chemistry.

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    "Shia came to read for us in New York with Timothée Chalamet, paying for his own plane ticket, and Luca [Guadagnino] and I had been blown away. The reading by the two young actors had been sensational; they made a very convincing hot couple," James noted.

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    But unfortunately for Shia, his personal life got in the way, and the negative attention surrounding the actor convinced the filmmakers to go with Armie.

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    "Shia was dropped. He had had some bad publicity. He'd fought with his girlfriend; he'd fended off the police somewhere when they had tried to calm him down. And Luca would not call him, or his agent. I emailed Shia to offer reassurance, but then Luca cast Armie Hammer and never spoke to, or of, Shia again," James explained.

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    And while Shia's actions, including accusations of abuse from his ex-girlfriend FKA Twigs, garnered plenty of negative press, Armie ended up having a multitude of accusations against him as well.

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    Several years after the movie was released, Armie was accused of raping and beating a woman in addition to alleged disturbing DMs and psychologically damaging actions in past relationships.

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    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search your local center here.