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Vincent Kartheiser Talks About Pete Campbell Pimping Out Joan Holloway On “Mad Men”

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“I’ll say this: I would personally never do that, just to be clear. I don’t think the fact that it happened in the ’60s makes it any less despicable. It’s despicable, regardless of how or when you do it. I’ll also say: Businesses oftentimes have to resort to things that they would never want the public to know they resorted to, in order to get a foothold. What’s the old saying? “Most great corporations were started with a great crime.” It’s true! And Pete is OK being the guy making that really rough call — he can stomach it. He can stomach how the sausage is made. The rest of them sit around and say, ‘It’s not my choice,’ and Pete stands up and says, “I’ll do it. I’ll go to him. I’ll go to her. I’ll go over Don’s head.” I don’t respect him for it, but I do think sometimes it takes someone like that, someone ready to be accountable, in order to get ahead.”

– Vincent Karthesier, who plays loathsome Pete Campbell on “Mad Men,” had some really smart, thoughtful things to say about his universally detested character, including Pete’s willingness to pimp out fellow employee Joan to a car executive. Karthesier has always seemed like the exact opposite of the uptight, smarmy Campbell, but in this interview with Huffington Post, he says, “I can relate with most of the things Pete does. I’m not saying I dothem, but most of his actions — in those situations — are justifiable. I don’t think it’s that far off from what other people would do.” [Huffington Post]

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