Armie Hammer is most known for his work in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, The Social Network, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. For his portrayal of Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar, he received a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Now he’s sinking his teeth or, in this case, tires into the voice role of Jackson Storm in Disney Pixar’s Cars 3.
Screen Rant got a chance to chat with Hammer on press day, where we asked about his experience working with Pixar, whether or not his kids will enjoy his character, and what it was like to battle DC superhero
Armie, this movie was amazing. I loved it. I had a really good time and I don’t look at your character as a villain at all whatsoever. How fun was this movie for you to make?
Armie Hammer: It was a lot of fun, man. Probably the most fun thing about it was getting to go up to Pixar and seeing their world up there. They call it ‘The Campus’ and you go up and it’s like thousands of people in these massive buildings all doing stuff and people who are so obsessive and in love with their work like taking their computers home and sleeping with them at night. I mean, it’s really amazing and you see the man hours that go into making a movie like this and you see why it takes time to produce one and you also see why they make the best movies because they are really good at what they do.
Yeah. They are very good. Do you think your kids will cheer for you in this film?
Armie Hammer: Ah. No. Probably not. Hopefully not. I don’t know. Maybe. For the potential for Jackson Storm to be a better person, I think. Yeah.
Awesome. I have a question about the redemption story. So if Cars 4 were to happen, could we see a Jackson Storm redemption story?
Armie Hammer: I have no idea. Dude, these decisions are so far above my pay grade. I got to be in Cars 3. Thrilled about it. That’s enough for me.
Right. Right. Now you’re immortalized forever. Probably in Disney’s California Adventures.
Armie Hammer: This is the highlight of my career. I’m never working again.
There was a lot of buzz going around about a decade ago that you were going to play Batman in George Miller’s Justice League film. I was curious, how was that experience and how did that stand out?
Armie Hammer: That was a lot of fun.
Did you actually get to dawn the cowl?
Armie Hammer: Oh yeah, for sure. I put on the whole suit. Weta made our suit. It was all functioning. It had like carbon fiber, and it had like pistons and gears that would function. It was amazing! It was like an exoskeleton suit.
Armie Hammer: Oh yeah! It was really awesome. Uh… I don’t know if I was supposed to say all that. But anyway… By the way, who was I talking to… I think Quint, from Ain’t It Cool News. He’s got pictures.
Armie Hammer: I think. Or he’s seen pictures.
Have you seen… I’m sure you’ve seen pictures.
Armie Hammer: I’ve seen pictures, I was in the pictures, but yeah, like uh, I don’t have any. They wouldn’t let us keep anything.
But he has them somewhere?
Armie Hammer: He’s got them somewhere, I think. But call him out!
Now I know on Twitter there’s been a lot of back and forth with you and Henry Cavill, him wanting you to play Hal Jordan, and also the Rock wants you to play Shazam. So who’s it gonna be. Hal Jordan or Shazam? Just between you and me.
Armie Hammer: What an embarrassment of riches to have all of these choices. The funny thing is, is nobody has ever come to me and been like… My agent has never called and said, “Armie, Warner Bros, has been talking to me. They’re really interested in you. This whole thing.” Never. In fact, after… there was like a… When the Green Lantern stuff first kind of started, which I think is Geoff Johns fault, because he like followed me on Twitter or something, and everybody was like what does that mean?! So uh… how did it happen, Um, I called my agent, after it had been going on for like a week or two, it had been going on for a little bit, I called my agent, I was like, “Man, have you heard anything from like D.C. or anything?” And he was like, “No”. I was like, “nothing?” He was like, “No”. I was like, “Not one thing?”, and he was like, “No. Why?” I was like, “nothing about… Green Lantern?”, and he was like, “No, nothing”, and I was like, alright. That’s it, that’s the end of it.
If you had to choose between the two though, Shazam or the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, which one are you taking?
Armie Hammer: Oh, man! I don’t know.
Because you’d be perfect for both though. That’s the thing here. Personally, I’d love to see you as Hal Jordan. That’s my own personal preference, but if you had to choose?
Armie Hammer: Well, I don’t really know anything about Shazam, to be honest. Like, uh, what’s the deal with Shazam?
He’s a little kid that gets mystical powers from a wizard and grows into a man that’s like a superhero.
Armie Hammer: So he’s still a little kid?
Armie Hammer: Does he throw temper tantrums?
Armie Hammer: No! Really? That’s funny, uh, yeah. That’s interesting.