Call Me By Your Name’s waterfall scene was actually pretty hellish in real life

Armie Hammer during the Call Me By Your Name waterfall scene

Armie Hammer has revealed that one of the most romantic moments in Call Me By Your Name was actually far from blissful behind the scenes.

The actor spoke to GQ about the Call Me By Your Name waterfall sequence in the 2017 gay romance movie, which saw Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Hammer) taking a bus and frolicking through idyllic Italian hillsides.

Armie Hammer on Call Me By Your Name shoot: ‘It was stifling hot’

Although it looked great on camera, the experience of filming on location was actually very different—with scorching temperatures, long hikes with equipment, and stinging nettles everywhere.

Recalling the opening part of the sequence, Hammer told GQ: “This bus was old as hell and didn’t have air conditioning.

“This came towards the end of the [shoot], when it actually was hot… it was stifling on that bus.”

Things didn’t improve when it was time for the location shoots.

He said: “This scene, where we are running up the mountain… there were no actual hiking trails, or anything like that.

“We’re just running through wilderness, and it also happened to be wilderness full of stinging nettle. The screams of joy and exuberance were actually us being stung to death with nettle.

“It was also a lot steeper than it looks on film, so sprinting up and down was exhausting. You would just be panting by the end.”

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The sequence culminates as the pair reach a waterfall—or at least that’s what it looks like in the film.

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