Read anything about Armie Hammer these days and you get a primer on his classically good looks, his manly interest in guns, and the sex he has with his TV personality/journalist/model/actress wife. But can he be a big deal movie star?
That's what Variety's Rachel Abrams attempted to evaluate in their cover story this week, using an informal metric of blockbuster roles and Internet fame. But while Channing Tatum might have a fantastic Instagram, while Armie Hammer doesn't, that doesn't mean he's missing out on his big break.
Abrams compares Hammer to Tatum and docks points from Hammer's rising star for not being on social media or having had his viral moment yet. But let's go easy on the newbie, who, mind you, is seven years younger than Tatum. Hammer is best known for playing the Winkelvoss twins in The Social Network. His role in J. Edgar, a movie that didn't get great buzz, was supporting, and Mirror Mirror flopped. The Lone Ranger is basically his first big test, and there's a reason that, according to Abrams, "Fizziology found that Depp is driving more of the positive online conversation about 'Lone Ranger' than Hammer is." Depp has made it evident that his (potentially controversial) Tonto is not a sidekick, meaning Hammer isn't really lead. Plus, Depp, who has top billing, isn't a relative newcomer.