WTF Happened to Armie Hammer?

The last two years have not been good for Armie Hammer, and things will likely only worsen. With Discovery’s docuseries – House of Hammer – on the way, we look back at how exactly one of Hollywood’s most promising young stars ended up an industry pariah.

Before he went off the deep end, Hammer was considered a top-notch leading man. After making heads turn in David Fincher’s The Social Network, where he famously played Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in a dual role, Hollywood was keen to make him their next big star. He immediately hopped into leading roles in big tentpoles. He was The Lone Ranger, and he starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but both pricey movies tanked at the box office. Suddenly Hollywood wasn’t so sure he was bankable, but then a co-starring role in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name unleashed his full charisma and once again put him at the head of casting lists, with him nabbing leads in the price Netflix remake of Rebecca and Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation, Death on the Nile.

Alas, this is where things took a turn when it was alleged Hammer had certain “proclivities,” which led to abuse allegations from several women. At the same time, his alleged drug use became wildly known, but the allegations (which made people think he was a cannibal) sealed his fate in Hollywood, especially once text messages and D.M.’s were leaked. As quickly as his star rose, it fell to the point that he was recently apparently selling timeshares to make ends meet. Is this the end of Hammer? Hollywood loves a comeback, but will there be a way forward post-House of Hammer? We dig into it in this episode of WTF. Happened to this Celebrity, narrated and written (with Brad Hamerly) by Taylor James Johnson, and edited by Juan Jimenez.

Do you think Armie Hammer could come back? Let us know in the comments!

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Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.