Monday, September 20, 2010

Jon Hamm is surprised that people like Don so much

Jon Hamm has suggested that people love watching his Mad Men character Don Draper misbehave.

In an interview with The Observer, Hamm admitted that he is surprised that people like Don so much.

"It's a curious phenomenon, I suppose, given the moral turpitude of that character," he joked.

"People are thrilled to watch other people doing this, relieved that they don't have to deal with the consequences - there is a vicarious thrill. It is exciting to see people misbehave. That's a big part of cinema and theatre and television. Watching people who are ostensibly good do bad things, and kind of root for them to get away with it, and know that it's bad and yet..."

However, Hamm claimed that he was "on the bottom of everyone's list" when he auditioned for the part.

"I really, really, really wanted to do it and really, really, really responded to the character," he said. "And really, really felt like I had a handle on it and fit the part well, for whatever reason. I knew it was an enormous risk for the network to put all their chips on... certainly no celebrity of any kind. No name to promote."

He continued: "There's a sense of relief when you get a part that is almost immediately followed by a sense of impending dread - 'Now I have to do it'...'"

Source: digitalspy