Jon Hamm: “I saved enough with Mad Men to only do roles that interest me”

Jon Hamm: "I saved enough with Mad Men to only do roles that interest me"

He had the pleasure of winning twice the Golden Globe and once the Emmy, and being in the annals of television thanks to his wonderful role in Mad Men. At 50, Jon Hamm enjoys that stardom by choosing the roles he wants without worrying about being the lead. And he leans more towards supporting ones, as long as they’re juicy and allow him to work with some of his idols.

On An irish song, recently released, Jon Hamm has had the pleasure of being directed by John Patrick Shanley, who won the Oscar for the screenplay of Moon spell. He can also be seen on HBO at N o Sudden Move, the film directed by Steven Sodenbergh. In order to Top Gun: Maverick in the one that accompanies Tom Cruise, we will have to wait until November.

Small roles for a great actor

Jon Hamm poses with the Emmy for Major Actor, for his role in “Mad Men.” Photo EFE

-It would give the feeling that it does not bother him to play small roles …

-That’s how it is. Now I’m filming the remake of Fletch the chameleon, in which I have the main role. But to tell the truth, I’m not worried about being the first on the list if the project interests me. I’ve already gone through that stage of my life.

-On An irish song I play a complex role, with substance, that John Patrick wrote for the film, it was not in theater. I was able to create it. I was fascinated that he had expanded the role for the film and even more that he invited me to do it, especially since I had to go to shoot in Ireland, where I had never been.

Pure smile.  Jon Hamm made too much money off "Mad Men" to play roles that don

Pure smile. Jon Hamm made too much money off “Mad Men” to play roles that don’t interest him. AP Photo

-How was that experience?

-Wonderful. It seems like 100 years have passed since we shot it, because the world was a normal place then. The people in the small towns where we were, in Crossmolina and Ballina, could not have been nicer. All were willing to open their shops, their pubs and their hearts.

-What would you say was the biggest challenge in making this movie?

-Every time you try to adapt a successful play you run the risk of offending those who loved it when they saw it. In our case, we had the advantage that the playwright was the one who made the adaptation and he was also the director.

A man of action

Jon Hamm will be in "Top Gun: Maverick" alongside Tom Cruise.  AP Photo

Jon Hamm will be in “Top Gun: Maverick” alongside Tom Cruise. AP Photo

-Many will be surprised to see you in Top Gun: Maverick.

– Being able to see how an aircraft carrier works in real life was unforgettable, as well as discovering the work it takes to defend the country.

And the same was being able to work with someone like Tom Cruise, who has a very special commitment when making a movie. Or be able to share scenes with Christopher Walken, which has been very important for the careers of many actors.

-Then it is not a question of money …

– For me this has never happened for the money. I have been fortunate to have had a television job that paid me a lot for a few years. (He talks about Mad Men, the series in which he played a successful but obscure commercial that lasted seven seasons, between 2007 and 2015), Y I saved enough to do papers that excite me now. I hope I can continue to do so. You don’t want to have to accept a project just to pay the bills.

Source: La Vanguardia / Gabriel Lerman

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