“I think in the world of the show we see the office through Peggy’s eyes. She’s the new girl and we see her from her very first day… And we’ve watched through over 50 episodes of television her grow and become more confident and we’ve watched Don alternately shout at her and correct her and not be very nice to her but also be profoundly nice to her … I think Peggy is very important to Don. And I think you saw at the end of season three, when the firm blows up and they have to start all over again, he says ‘If you leave, I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to hire you back.’ And I think that sums up relationship that Don and Peggy have.”
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Jon Hamm has nabbed himself four Emmys playing the now-iconic role of Don Draper on “Mad Men.” But apparently, he was not producers first choice for the role. And he actually knows who the makers of the show originally had in mind for the starring role—Thomas Jane of “Hung.” “Nobody knew who I was. The casting directors didn’t know who I was. I wasn’t on anybody’s lists,” Jon explained on comedian Marc Maron’s podcast this week. “The funny thing was, I think they went to Thomas Jane for it, and they were told that Thomas Jane does not do television.” Hee hee. [Huffington Post]
In Hollywood, this happens all the time—big actors often turn down parts that then make a newcomer a bonafide star. Did you know that Michelle Pfeiffer was the original choice for “Pretty Woman?” Or that Kellan Lutz was turned down audition for Edward Cullen in “Twilight”? Many more examples after the jump.
January Jones opened up to W magazine and revealed that when it came to casting the role of secretary Peggy Olsen on “Mad Men,” she was thisclose to getting the part, but also that the role she eventually was cast for — Betty Draper, the icy blonde homemaker wife of anti-hero Don Draper — wasn’t even written into the pilot yet. Instead, series creator Matthew Weiner cast January Jones as Betty Draper and basically wrote the character around her.
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. This is huge, people. Keep reading »
Recently, The Daily Beast has kept a careful eye on the small screen, tallying the number of drinks imbibed during primetime television shows. No, they’re not conducting some parent watchdog study—they’re just trying to determine who’s the biggest drunk on TV. Kara Cutruzzula rewatched the entirety of season four of “Mad Men” to determine just how many drinks the folks at Sterling Cooper Draper Price consumed. Not surprisingly, Don Draper came out in the lead with 78 and a half drinks downed during the season. Of course, he does get the most screen time.
Last night, Conan O’Brien returned to late-night television, and here are the first four minutes of the show. My favorite moment is when, while trying to find a job, Conan interviews with Don Draper at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Don looks at his resume and says, “It’s 1965—you’re 2 years old. Get out of my office.” Hilarious. What was your favorite moment in last night’s show? [Team Coco] Keep reading »
Preternaturally intelligent Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sally Draper on our fave show ever, “Mad Men,” was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about the show and her role on it. Kiernan was frank about her feelings about TV mom Betty Draper. “As much as I don’t like Betty’s character,” she said, “January‘s amazing and I love watching Betty. But I hate Betty as a person. I sometimes I just wanna punch her in the face.” Us too, Kiernan. Us too. [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »
- Let’s see how Don Draper would rate his many conquests if he were a frat boy. [The Faster Times]
- Wait, a spy says Chelsea Handler and 50 Cent ARE doing the dirty. [Popbytes]
- We’re rocking out to this Britney Spears-Justin-Timberlake--Snoop-Doog-and-everyone-else mash-up. [Double Viking]
“I’m not afraid of working with challenging, powerful men or women for that matter. I get very turned on and it brings out my competitive part of me.”
– Cara Buono, who plays Dr. Faye Miller on “Mad Men,” when asked “What is it like to challenge a strong-and ultimately misogynistic- male character like Don Draper?” by Vogue Italia. You’re not the only one, Ms. Buono. [via Huffington Post] Keep reading »