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Jon Hamm out of character


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Dec 30, 2007
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So I was reading GQ and noticed this profile on Jon Hamm: http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_7598

In it, in the third graf even, it is made quite clear there is a distinction between Don Draper and Jon Hamm's taste in clothes. A shame, ut humilter opinor, as Mr. Draper dresses so well.

Today, though, he descends the stairs wearing plaid shorts, a white linen shirt, and soccer sneakers. Hamm unsuited is kind of a frat guy, every inch the rabid sports fan and former high school football star. He says things like "Dude" and "Sweet" and "Dude, sweet!" On his head is a St. Louis Browns cap (facing frontward, thank the Lord). He looks like the kind of guy who is physically compelled to put on shorts the moment the temperature tops fifty-five degrees, a diagnosis he cheerfully confirms. Credit the totemic power of a suit, but he looks a full ten years younger than Don Draper, with about half the weight on his shoulders. How it is that the actor manages to make his '60s adman so much more than just another perfect design element on Mad Men's gorgeously curated set is not yet clear.

"This is going to be great," he says of our planned itinerary, a looping route through a city that he's embraced as perhaps only a midwesterner can. "One: You're going to get to see a shitload of L.A." He pauses, grins giddily. "Two: I have an awesome car."
Although this article from The Times explains what Mr. Hamm brought to his character -- his father: http://entertainment.timesonline.co....cle5247450.ece

If you wanted to describe the polar opposite of Don Draper, you'd probably come up with Jon Hamm. It's such a powerful switch that it seems to be more than acting. It's as if he's channelling something from a long way away. And, in a sense, that's exactly what he's doing. Because what he brought to the character, he explains, was his father.
I thought I would share with you gentlemen these articles.


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Pleading Poverty
May 3, 2007
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I really enjoyed the man of the year article in GQ.

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