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Jon Hamm in Details Magazine October 2010

JON HAMM: THE LAST ALPHA MALE

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Hamm grew up in St Louis. His parents split when he was 2, and his mother raised him. Weekends were spent with his father, a larger-than-life character in the trucking industry who'd take him along to bars and clubs after work. Then, when Hamm was 10, everything unraveled horribly: His mother died of cancer. He was sent to live with his grandmother. His father died his sophomore year in college.

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Hamm's high-school girlfriend's older brother's college roommate was an eager actor named Paul Rudd. Hamm fell in with Rudd and his gang and visited them in L.A. in 1992, crashing in their "shit-hole North Hollywood apartment" during the spring break of his junior year. He came out for good in 1995. "At a certain point," he says, "I figured I was way too far down the line for a normal career. I was waiting tables with a friend who had been a business major, and he really wanted to get this job selling copiers. I just thought, 'Really? You really want that job?' My dad was a salesman. He could sell anything to anybody. I was like, 'Nah, not for me.'" Hamm arrived in Hollywood just in time for the reign of the CW and the WB. "If you didn't look 18 years old, you weren't working. And I didn't look 18 years old when I was 18. I always looked 10 years older than I was."

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"If this show had been on any of the major networks," Hamm says, "I never would have been cast, ever, period, done, never, no way. They would want someone like Rob Lowe who's got a proven track record. I would've gotten all the way to the end . . . and then I wouldn't get cast."

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"It's funny," Hamm says. "You realize certain people didn't know I was funny because they only saw me through Mad Men—or only knew me as me and never thought I could do Mad Men. Sarah Silverman said, 'Hammy, you're good. I had no idea!'" Silverman met Hamm in 2000 through a group of friends, including Rudd, Adam Scott, and Jon Schroeder, who all played poker together. "When I tuned in to Mad Men, I couldn't believe he was this smoldering, brooding sexual man," Silverman says. "I was like, 'Oh my God—that's Hamm!' To me, he's just this super-silly idiot.

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I ask him if he feels lucky that his overnight success took as long as it did. "Absolutely, I don't know how the Twilight kids or Miley Cyrus or whoever handle it. You fuck up, make one bad decision, and people in Thailand Twitter about it."

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Hamm's mostly left alone, he says: "I'm old, I'm boring. I usually just duck the paparazzi. It's literally someone waiting for you to pick your nose or scratch yourself. I'm sorry, I scratched my balls—who doesn't do that? You're really going to run that story? What the fuck?! Everyone has picked their nose at one point in their life too."

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The subject of the next Mad Men hiatus comes up, and Hamm seems earnestly nonchalant. "I don't know what the alternative is," he says. "I don't have this huge, overarching plan. I don't know what I'm gonna wake up and feel like doing tomorrow, let alone five years down the line.

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"I think that's enabled me to get to where I am. I certainly go after what I want. But I just have detached amusement about a lot of it. Because it's silly. This job is ridiculous. There's a line from 30 Rock that Tracy Morgan says that makes me laugh out loud: 'I remember that movie—I got paid one million teacher salaries.' It is what it is."

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missthing19 10th-Sep-2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Cartoon pilot.
karinette001 10th-Sep-2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
helloooooooo handsome
shadyoutkast 10th-Sep-2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
he's so handsome. i can't stand it.
karinette001 10th-Sep-2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
you have a very good-looking grandpa then.
rockonlily 10th-Sep-2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
can i get your grandpa's phone number?
mistress_f 10th-Sep-2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
introduce me to your grandpa then
sillyboo5000 10th-Sep-2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
you're grandpa must be sexy as fuck
wheeler 10th-Sep-2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Mmm, grandpapi.
purpleplague 10th-Sep-2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
is your grandpa single
sillyboo5000 10th-Sep-2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
*matt damon handsome gif*
disco_balla 10th-Sep-2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
OMG does he have SMALL FEET?
lexiesloan 10th-Sep-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
lol I hadn't noticed until you said it.

And you know what they say about the size of men's feet...
indy788 10th-Sep-2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
it's just the angle of the photo.
demented_21 10th-Sep-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
lol I love the indignation
medranochav 10th-Sep-2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I don't really find the need to defend his sexy, since I don't think he is.

But i will say that the feet look small because he pant leg is wider and also lower onto his feet and the foreshortening of the composition of the photograph goes unnoticed because the shadow/contrast hides all of the shadows that could've been.

Pretty shitty photograph when you look at it closely.
purpleplague 10th-Sep-2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
it's just the angle~
chiigusa 10th-Sep-2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hot. Also, ST. LOUIS HOMETOWN REPRESENT!!!
ewanspotter 10th-Sep-2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Word.
menageohthree 10th-Sep-2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
North Side!
morgan90 10th-Sep-2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
He looks the best when he smiles IMO.
sydninicole 10th-Sep-2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
waaaaaaant
sandvich 10th-Sep-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Unf.
huntertp3 10th-Sep-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
mydrivethru 10th-Sep-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Ehhhh
drencrome 10th-Sep-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Although he is too old, I would hit that on the pool table and in the pool.
simr2277 10th-Sep-2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
i agree ja'mie
I agree!
mammary_glands 10th-Sep-2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
thirded.
varjaks 10th-Sep-2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
THIS MAN.
xxxtttiiinnnaaa 10th-Sep-2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
lmfao his face.

suburb_fabulous 10th-Sep-2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Hush. I would love to stare at that face for eternity.
grammaire 10th-Sep-2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Adorable.
swingthatfocus 10th-Sep-2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
i totally want to lean over him in that second pic of him playing pool lol.
and his eyes look amazing in the fifth pic.
itsrelaxicab 10th-Sep-2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
omg what's that Adam icon from and is there a bigger version of it?
swingthatfocus 10th-Sep-2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
it's from their video for "story." it's basically tons of photos bob carmichael took and composed into a video, it's pretty awesome. i just took a screencap of that adam pic for my icon :)
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