Armie Hammer Calls Out Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter’s Trump Support

Actor Armie Hammer criticizes Marvel Entertainment Chairman Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter for his continued support of Donald Trump. The recent news of Equinox and SoulCycle owner billionaire Stephen Ross’ upcoming Hamptons fundraiser for the the President’s re-election bid has caused their patrons to boycott the companies. And in light of this news, Hammer reminded everyone that Perlmutter is also a staunch supporter of Trump. He famously donated $1 million to Trump’s wonder veterans initiative prior to being elected. His wife, Laura, was also a member of Trump’s inauguration committee.

Perlmutter immigrated from Israel to the United States and worked his way up on the corporate ladder. He previously held jobs at Revco, Coleco and Remmington before joining Avi Arad, Ron Perelman and Carl Icahn in taking over the troubled Marvel Comics. Perlmutter helped stabilize the brand’s print line. In 2001, he became the chairman of Marvel and then the chief executive officer of Marvel Comics in 2005. He maintained his position at the company despite The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition in 2009, but refused a seat of the House of Mouse’s board of directors. Perlmutter is notoriously private, having never given any interview despite holding a prominent position at one of the biggest entertainment organization. But he’s known to have ties with Trump, something that Hammer doesn’t want the public to overlook.

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Taking it to his official Twitter account, Hammer addressed the ongoing boycot of Equinox and SoulCycle after their owner’s ties with Trump were exposed. He then shifted the focus on Perlmutter’s relationship with the president, writing: “It might be a good time to mention that one of Trump’s largest financial contributors is the chairman of Marvel Entertainment (Isaac Perlmutter).” Read his full social media post below:

The said tweet gained varying opinions, some of them not really zeroing in on Marvel’s Perlmutter but the idea that people should be able to have their own political views and donate to whatever organization they believe in. Given that argument, others argued back that the public can also choose to support businesses they want to. In any case, it’s important to note that Perlmutter is no longer tied to Marvel Studios. Co-presidents Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito oversee the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – be it their big or small screen projects. They previously answered to Perlmutter, but after a reported conflict in 2015 that almost had Feige leave his post, they now coordinate directly with Disney’s chairman, Alan Horn. Marvel TV Jeph Loeb, however, remains under Perlmutter.

Hammer has not been involved in a Marvel project, but he’s not new to the comic book movie world. He was tipped to play Batman in George Miller’s scrapped Justice League Mortal film, and prior to the confirmation that Robert Pattinson will don the cowl and cape in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, he was a fan-favorite for the part. With Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios separated, who’s to say that Hammer won’t find himself in an MCU offering moving forward, but at this point, it doesn’t seem like there’s any plans for him to join the universe.

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2019-08-10 07:08:27

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Murder on the Orient Express Followup Death On The Nile Casts Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer joins the cast of Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot was reborn last year at the hands of acclaimed actor and director Kenneth Branagh. He rebooted the character through Murder on the Orient Express, which he both starred in as Poirot and directed. On the backs of an A-list cast that included Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and many more, the mystery film found great success at the box office despite mixed reviews. Still, with a $350 million worldwide gross (on a reported budget of $55M), Fox quickly moved forward with the sequel that the final few minutes of the movie set up.

Branagh is of course returning to direct and star, with Orient Express‘ writer Michael Green also returning to pen the script. The movie has been progressing nicely and just recently announced Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot had landed the female lead role. She is just one of many new faces who will eventually join the ensemble film, and now the new male lead has been found, too.

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Deadline reports Armie Hammer is set to play the male lead in Death on the Nile. There is no confirmation as to which character from Christie’s novel Hammer will be playing. This marks his latest career move after a stellar performance in Call Me By Your Name and a small role in Sorry to Bother You. Hammer will be seen during awards season this year opposite Felicity Jones in On the Basis of Sex, but he’ll now get the opportunity to star in a potential financial hit.

Although Hammer’s role is not yet confirmed, the plot of Death on the Nile and information on Gadot’s role are clues to solving the mystery. Gadot is reportedly playing Linnet Doyle, a recently married woman. In Christie’s novel, Linnet marries Simon Doyle, the fiancé of her best friend Jacqueline de Bellefort. Since Gadot and Hammer are the first two to join and are described as leading roles, it appears Death on the Nile has found its Simon Boyle – but that will still need to be confirmed.

Now that Hammer is onboard Death on the Nile, the project will continue to move forward with a spring 2019 start date in mind. Christie’s book featured an additional 14 characters that mysteriously start to die one by one as the killer’s identity attempts to be uncovered. It is unclear if Green and Branagh plan to utilize this large of a cast for their adaptation, but they did have nine main cast members last time, and sequels do tend to go bigger. However many more characters they include, Hammer and Gadot are just the first of many that will join Death on the Nile, and it’s already in good position securing these two major stars.

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Source: Deadline

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2018-10-03 01:10:58 – Cooper Hood