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.
“It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape. Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet.”
— Jon Hamm melts my heart a little more (proving such a thing is possible). Seriously, is this man for real?! All that handsome, all that talent, and he’s a feminist? Jon spoke yesterday at a benefit brunch for the Rape Treatment Center in Beverly Hills, where he emphasized imparting good values on children while they are young. He’s 100 percent correct here and I’m psyched there’s such a prominent celebrity who gets it.
After the jump, Jon Hamm also opened up about the lack of male role models in his life and how it impacted him: Keep reading »
Jon Hamm was spotted filming scenes from the upcoming — sigh, next year — of “Mad Men” in LA this week. I am really digging that super skinny tie. Also, there hasn’t been a lean this sexy since Jordan Catalano. (If you don’t get this reference, I order you to Netflix “My So-Called Life” immediately!) [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I don’t know why this GIF is cracking me up so much, but I wish Jon Hamm really did pose for the cameras like this. Nice hip action. Keep reading »
“Breath mints. That’s always important.”
—Jon Hamm tells Giuliana Rancic the secret to his 14 year relationship with Jennifer Westfeldt. The couple has been together since 1997, though Jon has said he isn’t the marrying kind and that they are happy without putting rings on it. Now, I know he’s partly joking here, but I’m still kind of depressed by this advice. Seriously, more than a decade into a relationship, Tic-Tacs are still a thing? Sigh. You think you’d be able to deal with each other’s breath by then. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I, like many of you out there, am a big Hamm fan. No, not the meat—the person, as in I’d have me a Jon Hamm
sandwich anytime. So I am very excited that he is adding a new television show to his docket in addition to “Mad Men
.” Hamm will be a guest star on IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” And this is a show I didn’t think could get any better. It’s written by the hilarious David Cross. In it, he stars as Todd Margaret, a shlub who works in a mailroom, until he somehow charms his company’s CEO—played by Will Arnett—and is made the senior sales exec in the UK for a Red Bull knockoff called Thunder Muscle. One last selling point—the music is from Johnny Marr of The Smiths. Yep, I need to watch. The first season will air on IFC in October—it’s only six episodes—and will soon be followed by season two in January, when Jon Hamm enters the picture. [Huffington Post
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My favorite parts of “Bridesmaids“—well, besides the Wilson Phillips reunion—were Jon Hamm as Kristen Wiig‘s jerky and totally self-absorbed hook-up buddy and Melissa McCarthy as her twisted, tell-it-like-it-is fellow bridesmaid. So I am pretty excited that these two actors will be reuniting—under the direction of “Bridesmaids”‘ Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, no less—for a new comedy. In the flick, Jon and Melissa apparently become “unconventional lovers.” The plot description doesn’t tell us much, but I assume the unconventional part is that Jon Hamm is an all-out hot hot hottie while Melissa McCarthy, who stars in the show “Mike & Molly,” is adorable but heavy.
As we all know, Hollywood isn’t about overweight. It also doesn’t like ugly or, gasp, average. When it comes to romance on screen, it usually only happens between exceptionally good looking people with traditionally great bodies. Keep reading »
After several weeks and nearly 20,000 votes, we’ve narrowed down our Sweet 16 Most Stylish Men to a slim and sartorially excellent Great 8. Take a good look at the matches we have coming up and pick your battles well. David Beckham vs. Adam Levine? Jon Hamm vs. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (sweet Lord, don’t make me choose!). The tightest races? Donald Glover only narrowly won over James Franco and the “Gossip Girl” guys — Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick — were in a battle royale. It’s on you, dear Frisky readers, to determine who’s going to go all the way to number one, so vote early and often for the men whose style makes you wild. Keep reading »
Speaking of hot, self-directed guys, today we get some exciting news from the set of “Mad Men.” After months of tenuous negotiation, the new season is now in production. And apparently, Jon Hamm—aka Don Draper—will be directing the season premiere. “The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen,” he said. “It’s a very exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement.” You can do it, Jon! How do we know? Because John Slattery—aka Roger Sterling—did it last season. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »