Sundance Movie Pageant kicked off yesterday in Park Metropolis and Dakota Johnson was among the many first to take to the stage.
On the opening night time dinner on Thursday night, Johnson was enlisted to honor her good friend and collaborator, director Luca Guadagnino, with a world icon prize.
As the primary presenter of the night time, the Fifty Shades Of Gray star took a second to specific gratitude for the competition and its attendees.
“I believed this was an intimate dinner,” she started jokingly. “I didn’t understand that there have been going to be so many individuals again at Sundance — however thank God. It feels so good to be again in a room collectively celebrating unbiased cinema.”
Shining a light-weight on Guadagnino’s work, Dakota praised one of many director’s greatest beloved movies, Name Me By Your Identify, which was launched in 2017.
Name Me By Your Identify follows the short-lived coming-of-age romance between Elio and Oliver, performed respectively by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. It was acquired with nice vital acclaim, taking residence the Academy Award for Finest Tailored Screenplay in 2018, in addition to nominations for Finest Image and Finest Actor for Chalamet.
Reflecting on its success, Johnson joked that Guadagnino tried to forged her within the a part of the peach — which, if you happen to haven’t seen the movie, is a reference to a racy scene through which Chalamet’s Elio performs a sexual act on the fruit, which is later found by Oliver.
“It was unlucky. Luca had requested me to play the position of the peach however our schedules conflicted,” she said to laughs from the viewers.
She added: “Thank god, although, as a result of then I might’ve been one other lady that Armie Hammer tried to eat.”
Quickly after the phrases left her mouth, the viewers was shocked into combined reactions — some laughed, others groaned, whereas many sat in silence.
The DMs — which have been believed, however not confirmed, to have been despatched by the actor — element graphic sexual fantasies together with references to violence, rape, and cannibalism, and have been apparently despatched to quite a few girls. In a single message, Hammer allegedly describes himself as “100% a cannibal.”
In March that 12 months, it was additionally introduced that the Los Angeles Police Division could be investigating allegations that Hammer “violently” raped and abused a girl in 2017.
Hammer has vehemently denied all of the claims and, because it at present stands, no formal costs have been introduced in opposition to him.
Following up her first joke, Johnson continued on the theme of allegations in opposition to Hammer with a nod to Guadagnino’s latest movie, Bones and All, which additionally stars Chalamet and facilities round a love affair between two younger cannibals.
“It’s been 5 years since [Call Me By Your Name] premiered right here and Luca hasn’t stopped taking us to thrilling locations. Who knew cannibalism was so fashionable?” she stated.
Regardless of making gentle of the allegations, Johnson has beforehand confronted backlash for talking out in protection of Hammer, who she labored alongside on The Social Community in 2010, and Wounds in 2019.
Chatting with The Hollywood Reporter in November 2021, Johnson stated she felt “unhappy for the lack of nice artists” like Hammer, Johnny Depp, and Shia LaBeouf, every of whom she has collaborated with up to now and have since been confronted with abuse allegations.
“I by no means skilled that firsthand from any of these folks,” she stated, referring to her former co-stars. “I do imagine that individuals can change. I need to imagine within the energy of a human being to vary and evolve and get assist and assist different folks.”
She completed by saying that that she finds “cancel tradition” to be “such a fucking downer.”
“Generally the old fashioned must be moved out for the brand new college to return in,” she stated of the movie business. “However, yeah, cancel tradition is such a fucking downer. I hate that time period.”