James Ivory: why Ismail Merchant and I kept our love secret https://t.co/RvwYVcsMVy— Guardian Film (@guardianfilm) March 27, 2018
To promote the DVD/Blu-ray release of 'Call Me by Your Name', the film's Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory took the chance to criticize the film's adaptation from his script.
-- apparently he had written in some full-frontal nudity in the script, but that was scrapped since there was a no-nudity clause in both Chalamet & Hammer's contracts. Ivory's still pissed off it wasn't there, and is extra annoyed that director Luca Guadagnino apparently said he'd never put in nudity, though Ivory calls him out and states that Luca indeed said the opposite.
-- hated the angle/route taken in the movie with the love scene, felt it seemed too phony and total bullshit to have the camera just pan away to some random ass tree outside while they got down to business. His comment lmao:
“To me, that’s a more natural way of doing things than to hide them, or to do what Luca did, which is to pan the camera out of the window toward some trees. Well …” He gives a derisive snort.
Few other tidbits:
-- opens up about his romantic relationship with his Merchant/Ivory partner Ismail Merchant, which ended when Merchant died over a decade ago
-- mentions that he did write dialogue pertaining to the rise of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s timeline of 'Call Me by Your Name' but that got scrapped too
-- thinks he can get Daniel Day-Lewis back for a new project despite DDL having said for the hundredth time that he's 'retired':
“He retired once before to become a shoemaker in Italy and luckily he didn’t persist at that, so hopefully this is short-term, too.”