Jon Hamm graces the cover of GQ magazine and talks about ‘Mad Men’ and his iconic character Don Draper and what his plans are as the hit series comes to its conclusion. He also shares the advice that former ‘Breaking Bad’ star Bryan Cranston gave him.
The final stretch of ‘Mad Men’ is upon us, as the final episodes will soon have their premiere on AMC. The star of the show opens up about leaving the role that has made him internationally famous, and finding his acting life beyond the confines of that oh-so familiar 1960s ad man Don Draper.
He has become a fashion icon as well, donning the suits of that long ago decade, and setting trends as our era discovers these lost sartorial treasures.
And, as he revealed to GQ magazine in the wide-ranging interview, he is coming to grips with the end of the series. Of that, he said, ““You button up into one of those suits and it’s like, ‘Okay, there’s a certain way that I feel. I feel conﬁdent. I feel put together. I feel great looking.’”
He went on to reflect, “The one constant thing I’ve had in my career is now removed. And that’s an eye-opener: Are people still going to take me seriously? Am I just going to do romantic comedies for the rest of my life? What’s next? And I don’t know, you know? I wish I was smug enough to have had a grand plan.”
And yes, towards that end, he did get advice from an actor in a very similar situation; Bryan Cranston, who bid adieu to his equally iconic Walter White character on AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad.’ He said that Cranston told him, “‘It’s hard, man. It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.'”
Hamm also delivered some quote-worthy lines about the craft of acting which his fellow thespians may or may not agree with. He said, ““Whenever people want to talk about how hard it is to be an actor, I want to go, ‘Um, it’s hard to be a baby-heart surgeon.’ Being an actor is actually pretty easy, if you can memorize lines.”
Yes, of course that’s just the basics. How many people take to the stages of community theater or show up for endless casting calls. Hamm has certainly had his fortuitous opportunity with ‘Mad Men.’ He spoke of what it was like delving into that character over the years and said, “You’re kind of hoping for redemption, and it’s not forthcoming.” He added, “To consistently come in and be the bummer was always like, ‘Oh, that’s not fun.’ But at the same time, it’s been like the greatest obstacle course in the world. A puzzle to ﬁgure out.”
And indeed it has been quite a thrill ride, and a revisiting of the golden age of Madison Avenue, week after week as it now comes to an end both for the star, his costars and the viewers.
You can see Jon Hamm’s GQ magazine cover and photo shoot along with the complete interview here.
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