The stars of the new spy thriller The Man From U.N.C.L.E. touched down in Toronto for the Canadian premiere of the movie on Tuesday.
In the film adaptation of the popular ‘60s TV series, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill are enemies turned allies with anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better attitudes. In real life, Hammer says there is at least one thing he can do better than his co-star.
“He can’t play the guitar… I don’t mean he can’t, I mean I can and he doesn’t,” Hammer jokes. “He probably could if he wanted to, he’s superman for sh*t sake, he can do whatever he wants.”
As for Cavill? “Speak in an English accent. Pretty sure I can do that better,” Cavill laughs.
On screen, the guys clean up nicely. There’s no doubt Cavill can wear a suit well, whether it’s tailor-made from the finest wool-cashmere or superhero-spandex clinging to his body.
“The Superman suit is a lot tighter … but it’s still cool to wear a Superman suit… you can’t complain, but ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ suits I really loved,” Cavill told ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli. “They were absolutely fantastic. I’d like to do a second one and hopefully get to wear some more suits.”
The cast get in on the action with some crazy stunts, but Hammer was the lucky one on the receiving end of a few hard-hitting, stinging slaps, courtesy of Alicia Vikander’s feisty character, Gaby.
“I guess I just have one of those hittable faces. I don’t know what it is! It wasn’t my idea, it wasn’t even in the script. I wouldn’t have taken the movie if I knew it was going to happen,” Hammer said.
The film is worth seeing for the stunning ’60s fashions alone. Elizabeth Debicki plays the chic but horrible villain, Victoria, and says crafting her character’s style was essential to her performance.
“It’s all in the silhouette … it’s almost like a Cleopatra meets the ’60s kind of vibe,” Debicki said. “It was like a second skin. It just felt right. The costumes are all amazing”
But the best part about making the movie wasn’t the great fashion or the cool spy stunts, it was filming in Italy. Vikander said the pizza was plentiful and the wine was flowing on location in Rome and Naples.
“I probably learned a lot about Italian food and Italian wines. Normally on most films your social life just shuts off because you’re always on set working… but Guy (Ritchie) decided that to make this kind of film you need to have a little fun on the side,” Vikander adds. “Every morning we would decide where to go and what to eat.”
You’ll be seeing a lot more of the 26-year-old Swedish star soon. In September she’ll be back in Toronto to premiere The Danish Girl, alongside Eddie Redmayne, and later this year she’s starring opposite her rumoured boyfriend, Michael Fassbender in “The Light Between Oceans”.
In between premiering movies she’ll be shooting one too. Vikander confirmed she’s joining Matt Damon in a new installment of the Bourne franchise.
“I can’t talk about it yet even though I’m so excited. I’m going to start filming in a month,” she said. “I’m a big fan of the previous movies.”
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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opens nationwide Friday.