Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jon Hamm on cover of Gotham Magazine

As Mad Men’s Don Draper, Jon Hamm is a master-of-the-universe type in stylish suits and “helmet hair.” But off-camera he’s just a baseball-loving, New York City foodie who’s not afraid to look like an idiot.

Before AMC cast Jon Hamm to play Don Draper on Mad Men, his acting gigs peaked out with various smaller parts such as an 18-episode run on the series Providence, a two-episode run on CSI: Miami and a supporting role opposite his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt, in the 2001 movie Kissing Jessica Stein. Three years later, it’s hard to think of contemporary culture without the impact of the runaway hit Mad Men, a show that’s become shorthand for a very specific time, place and look, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Michael Douglas ruled Manhattan as Gordon Gekko in the original Wall Street. This fall the 39-year-old has two films out—The Town, directed by and costarring Ben Affleck, and Howl, a biopic about beat poet Allen Ginsberg—and though he’ll admit that Don Draper has changed the landscape of television and the lives and styles of many of its viewers (especially those in New York), at 8:30 on a Saturday morning before his first cup of coffee, he’d much prefer to talk about baseball and The Big Lebowski. And so we did. Eventually.