Armie Hammer born to the role of Winklevi

By Laurie Bennett

November 10, 2010 at 8:51am

The persona of the aristocratic Harvard gentleman came so easily to actor Armie Hammer that he played two of them in “The Social Network.”

The classically handsome Hammer juggled the roles of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, identical twins who are tall and athletic, if slightly dim. They were born to money, and when they enter the dispute with Mark Zuckerberg over the founding of Facebook, they call on daddy’s lawyer.

Finally, after much handwringing and frustration, one of the twins (who can tell which?) erupts with: “Let’s gut the freaking nerd!” (We suspect that the line was edited slightly from Aaron Sorkin’s original script.)

Zuckerberg scorns the twins as a sort of species that thrives at Harvard, “The Winklevi,” saying they sued him not for cause but because they were accustomed to getting their way.

Armie Hammer also was born to a world of privilege. He was named for his great-grandfather, Armand Hammer, the oil tycoon who collected art, forged close ties with Soviet leaders and showered Republicans with campaign contributions.

Yet Armie Hammer’s repertoire isn’t limited to the Ivy Leagues. He played Billy Graham in the 2008 film, “Billy: The Early Years.”

Christian evangelism is closer to home than you might expect. Hammer’s father, Michael Hammer, is a trustee at Oral Roberts University and founded a Christian Academy and Christian radio station in the Cayman Islands.

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