After ‘Mad Men’ Ended, Jon Hamm Knew He Didn’t Want To Play Don Draper Again | TODAY


>>>WOULD YOU DRAW THE LINE AT 50%?>>I’M NOT DRAWING A LINE AT ALL. PR PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THIS, BUT THEY CAN NEVER EXECUTE IT. IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT IS BEING SAID, CHANGE THE CONVERSATION.>>>THAT’S JON HAMM AS THE BROODING DON DRAPER ON “MAD MEN.” HAMM WAS STILL FINDING HIS WAY IN HOLLYWOOD WHEN HE LANDED THE PART THAT MADE HIM A HOUSEHOLD NAME. THE LAST EPISODE AIRED MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO. HE BEGAN LIFE AFTER DRAPER. THIS MONTH THAT LIFE INCLUDES A NEW MOVIE CALLED “BABY DRIVER.” JON AND I GOT TOGETHER AT THE RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES ONLY HERE IN NEW YORK FOR A SUNDAY SIT-DOWN.>>GOOD MORNING, MR. DRAPER.>>DON, I THINK MAYBE THAT’S YOUR CUE.>>YOU AUDITIONED FOR THIS SHOW, NEW SHOW CALLED “MAD MEN.” THEY MUST HAVE HAD A MILLION PEOPLE COME IN FOR THAT LEAD PART.>>WELL, THEY DID AND IT WAS AT THIS WEIRD ADVERTISING AGENCY PLACE, IT’S ME AND LIKE A 16-YEAR-OLD KID AND I WAS LIKE, AM I IN THE RIGHT PLACE. I WAS LIKE WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR? HE WAS LIKE TOOTHPASTE AD. I WAS LIKE OKAY. I NEVER MET THE CASTING DIRECTOR. READ THROUGH THE THING AND HALFWAY THROUGH SHE PUTS HER PAPER DOWN AND STARTS LOOKING AT ME. I WAS LIKE WHAT’S GOING ON? SHE WAS LIKE CAN YOU WAIT? I WAS LIKE, YEAH.>>FROM THAT MOMENT FORWARD JON HAMM WAS DON DRAPER. OVER SEVEN SEASONS HE WON TWO GOLDEN GLOBES AND AN EMMY PLAYING THE DARK, DRINKING, SMOKING, WOMANIZER ’60s ERA AD EXECUTIVE.>>YOU NEVER SAY THANK YOU.>>THAT’S WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR.>>WAS IT EVER HARD FOR YOU INHABITING THAT GUY ALL THOSE YEARS, THE DARKNESS THAT HE CARRIED AROUND WITH HIM?>>IT’S A DRAG, PRETENDING TO BE SOMEBODY THAT’S SO BUMMED OUT ALL THE TIME.>>DID YOU HAVE A STRATEGY COMING OUT OF “MAD MEN”?>>I DEFINITELY DIDN’T HAVE A STRATEGY. THE ONLY THING I KIND OF KNEW I DIDN’T WANT TO DO IS PLAY DON DRAPER AGAIN. YOU ALWAYS THINK I’M NEVER GOING TO WORK AGAIN. I MEAN, THAT’S REALLY WHAT IT IS, FOR ME ANYWAY. I’M JUST LIKE, WELL, I WILL NEVER WORK AGAIN OR I WILL NEVER WORK AT THAT LEVEL AGAIN.>>YOU LIVE IN THAT FEAR?>>I TRY NOT TO LIVE IN IT, BUT IT’S ALWAYS THERE. IT’S ALWAYS SNEAKING UP AROUND THE CORNER.>>THE 46-YEAR-OLD HAMM WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, AND JON WAS ONLY TEN YEARS OLD WHEN HIS MOTHER DIED OF CANCER. TEN YEARS AFTER THAT HE LOST HIS DAD.>>WHAT DID THAT DO TO A TEN-YEAR-OLD KID?>>THERE’S NEVER A GOOD TIME TO LOSE YOUR MOM AND DAD, BUT IT HAPPENS. IT’S OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT FOR A KID BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO EVEN PROCESS IT AND YOU END UP HAVING A REAL VOID AS A KID. SO THE VOID HAS TO BE FILLED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER AND I HAD THESE GREAT FAMILIES WHO JUST KIND OF QUASI ADOPTED ME. IT WASN’T THE CASE THAT I WAS LEGITIMATELY ADOPTED, I MEAN, I WAS JUST AROUND A LOT BECAUSE WE WERE ALL 13-YEAR-OLD BOYS THAT WOULD HANG OUT ALL THE TIME. YOU KNOW, IT’S HARD. IT NEVER GOES AWAY, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST — IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK ABOUT KIND OF ALL THE TIME.>>STILL?>>YEAH. BUT NOT ADDS MUCH, BUT YEAH. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE MY PARENTS LIKE SEE THAT I BECAME SUCCESSFUL IN THE THING I CHOSE TO DO. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE DON’T ALWAYS GET WHAT WE WANT.>>HAMM BEGAN ACTING IN HIGH SCHOOL, PLAYING JUDAS IN GOD SPELL, WHILE HE PLAYED LINEBACKER ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HAMM RETURNED TO HIS HIGH SCHOOL IN ST. LOUIS TO TEACH ACTING.>>OSCAR, I AM SO GLAD YOU JUST GOT HERE.>>ONE OF HIS STUDENTS WAS A YOUNG ELIE KEMPER WHO WENT ON TO BECOME A STAR OF HER OWN. AFTER TWO YEARS BACK HOME HAMM MOVED TO LOS ANGELES WITH NEXT TO NOTHING TO TAKE HIS SHOT AT PROFESSIONAL ACTING.>>WHEN YOU CAME TO LOS ANGELES AND YOU GAVE YOURSELF A DEADLINE, RIGHT, TO THE AGE OF 30.>>UH-HUH.>>I BETTER BE A WORKING ACTOR OR I’M OUT OF HERE.>>I GAVE MYSELF FIVE YEARS. I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, FIVE YEARS IS ENOUGH TO GET A DEGREE OR BE A PRESIDENT.>>SO YOU WERE WAITING TABLES.>>WAITING TABLES, BARTENDING AND MY FRIEND GOES, LOOK, I’VE GOT TO QUIT THIS JOB, I’M A SET DRESSER ON THESE CHEESY SKIN-O-MAX MOVIES. I CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE, IT’S GROSS. AND I WAS LIKE, I’LL DO IT. WHAT DOES IT PAY? ANYTHING? I’LL DO IT. AND I’M LIKE SLIGHT PROBLEM, I’VE NEVER BEEN A SET DRESSER, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS. 100 BUCKS A DAY. 100 BUCKS A DAY? I WAS LIKE IN. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE THAT WEIRD KIND OF, YOU KNOW — BUT IT WAS — IT WAS PORN. IT WAS BAD. AND I DID IT FOR LIKE THREE WEEKS AND I WAS LIKE, YEAH, THIS IS DEPRESSING.>>THE JOBS ONLY COULD GET BETTER FROM THERE. AFTER A RUN OF PLAYING EXTRAS HAMM LANDED A REGULAR ROLE ON THE NBC SHOW “PROVIDENCE.” THEN IN HIS FIRST BIG MOVIE HE STARRED WITH MEL GIBSON.>>I ENDED UP TURNING 30 ON THE SET OF THE FIRST MOVIE THAT I EVER DID WHICH WAS CALLED “WE WERE SOLDIERS.” THAT WAS MY DEADLINE. I SET A GOAL AND I ACHIEVED IT AND THAT’S PRETTY ENOUGH TO DO.>>HAMM DOES FUNNY AS WELL AS HE DOES DRAMA. HE HAS HOSTED “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” THREE TIMES.>>IT’S GENUINE MEXICAN SILVER AND IT COMES WITH A CLASP AND A RING AND A –>>AND HAD MEMORABLE ROLES IN THE MOVIE “BRIDESMAIDS”.>>THIS IS SO AWKWARD.>>AND TV SHOWS “30 ROCK” AND “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” ALONGSIDE HIS FORMER STUDENT, ELIE KEMPER.>>YOU ARE NOT BAD AT MATH, SIR, YOU ARE JUST BAD.>>HAMM’S LEADING MAN LOOKS AND FAMILIAR VOICE MAKE HIM A SOUGHT AFTER NAME IN ADS LIKE THE ONES DON DRAPER MIGHT HAVE DESIGNED.>>THIS IS THE AUTOMOBILE AS ONLY MERCEDES BENZ COULD ENVISION IT.>>HAMM’S LATEST POST “MAD MEN” ROLE IS ANOTHER CHARACTER WITH AN EDGE. IN THE NEW MOVIE “BABY DRIVER” HAMM PLAYS BUDDY, ACCOMPLICE TO A GET AWAY DRIVER NAMED BABY.>>BUDDY IS AS HIS NAME SUGGESTS SEEMINGLY A FRIEND TO BABY AND UNLIKE HIS NAME SUGGESTS HE HAS A BIT OF A DARK SIDE.>>AND A COOL HAIRCUT, TOO.>>AND A VERY WEIRD HAIRCUT, YEAH. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT MY HAIRCUT NOW.>>YEAH.>>THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. THIS IS AMAZING.>>FLAWLESS, THAT’S HAMM FLAWLESS THERE.>>100% HAMM.>>DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN THE MOVIE WORLD ON THE HORIZON THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO, WHETHER IT’S SOME BIG BLOCKBUSTER –>>”STAR WARS” I THINK.>>THAT COULD BE DECENT.>>THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE PROBABLY GROOMING ME FOR.>>TALKING ABOUT IN THE TRADES.>>I’M GOING TO PLAY DARTH VADER’S FATHER AND HE WILL BE LIKE I AM YOUR FATHER AND I WILL BE LIKE I’M YOUR FATHER, DEARTH. HE WILL BE LIKE, DAD.>>I’D WATCH THAT MOVIE. WHILE WE WAIT FOR HIS BLOCKBUSTER “STAR WARS” FLICK YOU CAN SEE JON IN “BABY DRIVER” IN THEATERS ON JUNE 28th. TO HEAR JON TALK ABOUT THE EARLY MAKING OF “MAD MEN” AND THE

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