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Hammer’s wild oats

Armie Hammer doesn’t miss his wild bachelor life.

Armie Hammer doesn’t miss his wild bachelor life, said Jessica Pressler in Elle. When the actor dropped out of high school to become an actor, he dove into Los Angeles’s party scene. “I’d grown up in a household of so much love, everything just felt wholesome,” says Hammer, 26. “Once I was on my own, I was like, ‘Let’s see how hot this candle can burn.’” For the next four years, he gorged on drink, drugs, fast cars, and dangerous women. “One chick tried to stab me when we were having sex. She was like, ‘True love leaves scars. You don’t have any.’ Then she tried to stab me with a butcher knife. Of course I promptly broke up with her—seven months later.” Hammer’s tour of the wild side came to an end five years ago, when he met his “soul mate,” TV journalist Elizabeth Chambers. The couple married two years later. Now that he’s happily settled down with a woman with whom he has a real connection, Hammer sees his old life of endless parties and hookups as stressful and empty. “It wasn’t fun. [Marriage] is fun. Not to be graphic,” he lowers his voice, “but you can have sex and in the middle just start laughing about something totally funny. You can’t do that with someone you’re dating; you’re too nervous.”

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