As hardly anyone wants to employ him to be in movies anymore, James Woods seems to have decided to take up a role being an online troll, to the point that it’s often difficult to know whether he really believes half the things he says, or whether he’s just trying to get a reaction. He certainly got a reaction on Monday when he went on Twitter to decry the gay-themed film, Call Me By Your Name.
The film is about the relationship between a 17-year-old (Timothee Chalamet) and a 24-year-old (Armie Hammer). But despite his reputation for womanising and general hellraising, Woods decided a holier-than-thou response was called for, tweeting about the film, ‘As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency. #NAMBLA’, referring to the notorious American Pedophile organisation.
The Tweet quickly set off a storm of anger, including from Call Me By Your Name star, Armie Hammer, who responded to Woods, ‘Didn’t you date a 19 year old when you were 60…….?’. Hammer wasn’t wrong either, with Woods later reportedly dating a 20-year-old when he was 66.
Actress Amber Tamblyn also chipped in about Wood’s hypocrisy and penchant for much younger women, tweeting, ‘James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. “I’m 16” I said. “Even better” he said.’
As many pointed out, there was more than a whiff of homophobia to Woods’ initial tweet, so there was plenty of pleasure when other celebs came out to call him on it and demonstrate his hypocrisy. Apparently Woods’ promptly blocked Hammer on Twitter, so we guess Armie wins by default.
James Woods used to be a Democrat, but has become increasingly right wing, particularly with social issues that he feels conflict with the Catholic faith, such as abortion and gender diversity. He’s now a staunch republican and, as we mentioned, a bit of a troll.