Call Me By Your Name was originally meant to be about a straight couple, says author

André Aciman said he is ‘exceptionally pleased’ he eventually chose to write the two leads as gay

Ellie Harrison
Thursday 24 October 2019 17:01
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Call Me By Your Name was originally meant to be about a romance between a heterosexual couple, the author of the book has revealed.

In an interview with The Independent, André Aciman said that the two lead characters in his novel – portrayed in the 2017 film by Timothée Chamalet and Armie Hammer – were originally written as a straight male and female.

On whether the book would have been as successful had it been about a straight couple, he said: “No. I don’t think so. In fact, that’s how the story started until I decided to take a totally different turn, and I am exceptionally pleased that I did. I like writing about people finding themselves in mildly unusual situations.”

Aciman explained: “An adolescent girl and adolescent boy presented a situation that was quite ordinary. But an adolescent drawn to someone of his same sex presented all manner of psychological hurdles, and that is what I love to write about.”

The author also commented on the debate in Hollywood about whether straight actors should play gay roles. The full interview will be published on Sunday 27 October.

Aciman's long-awaited Call Me By Your Name sequel Find Me will be published on 29 October.

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