Armie Hammer has been one of Hollywood’s rising stars since his performance(s) as the Winklvoss Twins in the award-winning movie, The Social Network. It was a role, or roles, that secured him a nomination for the Most Promising Performer by the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the award for Best Supporting Actor by the Toronto Film Critics Association. From there Hammer went from strength to strength, earning a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Screen Actor’s Guild for his role as Clyde Tolson in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar biopic.
Most recently Hammer has wrapped production on Mine, produced by The Safran Company, and is filming The Birth of a Nation, about Nat Turner, a former slave who lead a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia.
However, while nobody could argue that Hammer isn’t bringing some serious acting chops to The Man from U.N.C.L.E., he knows his way around a big action sequence as well, having starred in The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and Mirror, Mirror, where he starred as Prince Alcott, opposite Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.
During the filming of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Hammer was quick to get his hands dirty. Preparing for a motorcycle chase during the film, Hammer was keen to bring his experience as an avider rider since childhood to bear. However, he soon found he had a lot to learn from the stunt coordinators.
Hammer recalls, “We showed up at a big grass field and Lee said, ‘Okay, I’m going to do a little assessment to see how you ride. Go up there, do a turn, come back, do a figure-eight and then go through those cones and stop.’ I figured, ‘No problem, this is going to be easy.’ So I ran through it all and came back, and he said, ‘What the hell was that? Is that how you sit? Is that how you hold your elbows?’ So he taught me the proper form and honestly elevated my motorcycle riding, which was great for me.”