Sunday, May 19, 2024

Armie Hammer Eating His Heart Out After Exiting Broadway Play, “The Minutes,” by Tracy Letts


Armie Hammer is thinking of recording a version of the Rascals’ “Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore.”

Seriously, potential cannibal Hammer, who’s lost all his movie and TV jobs, is now out of the Tracy Letts’ “The Minutes,” directed by Anna D. Shapiro. The Broadway play shut down in previews a year ago and never opened. The word is they will try and start it up again this fall or the spring of 2022, But not with Hammer.

Hammer said in a statement: “I have loved every single second of working on The Minutes with the family I made from Steppenwolf. But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production.”

The producers replied: “Armie remains a valued colleague to all of us who have worked with him onstage and offstage on The Minutes. We wish only the best for him and respect his decision.”

The great Blair Brown and Austin Pendleton, and Tony winner Jessie Mueller were also set to be in the cast, and I hope they return. But “The Minutes” probably pays scale for Broadway, which Armie can’t afford anymore. He’s lost all his work and needs movie of some kind when he finally sorts out of his various scandals.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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