The production was in previews when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theaters in March 2020. At the time, Hammer was playing Mr. Peel in the play. He announced that he would be leaving the production for "personal reasons" in April 2021, amid a series of sexual assault accusations against him.
"I have loved every single second of working on 'The Minutes' with the family I made from Steppenwolf [theater company]," Hammer said in a statement announcing his exit. "But right now I need to focus on myself and my health for the sake of my family. Consequently, I will not be returning to Broadway with the production."
Hammer was also forced to exit Jennifer Lopez's movie "Shotgun Wedding", political drama "Gaslit", and a new TV series about the making of "The Godfather". He reportedly checked into a treatment center at the end of May 2021 to seek help for drug, alcohol and sex issues.
Sources claimed that Hammer's family and estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers are supportive of his decision. One in particular spilled, "Elizabeth and kids dropp[ed] him off and walk[ed] in as far as allowed. A lot of hugs and seemed emotional."
Armie's career took a hit after a series of ex-lovers came forward with tales of his cannibalistic and quirky sex fetishes.
Los Angeles Police Department officials launched an investigation into the allegations in February 2021, and a month later the actor was accused of rape.