‘Mad Men’ does Rolling Stone: The Hamm in a boob sandwich

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It’s about time! Why has Mad Men never taken the cover of Rolling Stone before? Too retro? Not rock n’ roll enough? But with the new season officially entering the Swingin’ 60s (it’s now 1965 in the Mad Men universe), perhaps it’s time. But what’s with the cover? My first reaction: THE HAMM!!! My second reaction: BOOBS. Third reaction: Why does everyone look so strange? Photoshop, my loves. Final reaction: who do I have to blow to get Jon Slattery on the cover?!? Here’s a little teaser from the article:

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In the opening scene of the new season of Mad Men, an interviewer asks Draper, “Who is Don Draper?” Rather than confess the truth — that he’s a flimflam man who fabricated his whole identity from a dead Korean War officer and built his entire life on a lie en route to a Madison Avenue advertising career — Draper merely takes a drag on his cigarette. “I’m from the Midwest,” he says. “We were taught it’s not polite to talk about yourself.”

In a sense, Mad Men is Weiner’s attempt to figure out this question for himself. He has created an elaborate pageant of American fantasies — guys and dolls who look like they have it all, even when their private worlds are complete frauds. The advertising wizards of Mad Men swagger through the office, knock back cocktails, knock back lovers. They live out JFK-era America’s tawdriest dreams, almost as if it’s a professional code — to sell these dreams to America, they have to experience them from the inside, with all their inherent betrayal and manipulation.

After three seasons on AMC, a basic-cable network previously known for endless reruns of second-rate movies, Mad Men established a hold on America’s fantasy life like no show since The Sopranos.

“The big question the show is trying to answer through Don has to do with identity,” Weiner says. “Who am I? — It’s only the biggest theme in all of Western literature.”

To make it happen, Weiner assembled a cast he could relate to — veteran actors who had spent their careers toiling in relative obscurity. Jon Hamm, who plays Draper, had a few scenes in We Were Soldiers. January Jones, who plays his brittle and ethereal ex-wife, Betty, showed up in the third American Pie movie as Stifler’s love interest. Christina Hendricks, who rules the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce as Joan, appeared in a video for the Nineties rock band Everclear. Nobody wanted them. Today, everybody knows their names, everybody covets their careers, everybody wants to get next to them.

“If Rob Lowe had been cast in the part, it would have been different,” says Jon Hamm, on the set in L.A. “There was no backstory with me.”

There are all sorts of challenges thrown at her,” says Christina Hendricks of her character, sexy office manager Joan Holloway. “Horrific things. And she consistently pulls it together, cleans it up and moves forward. Sometimes she’s walking through mud, but she does it.”

Elisabeth Moss, who plays the ambitious career girl Peggy Olsen, has a touch of pride about the fact that Mad Men’s stars were relative unknowns before show creator Matthew Weiner put them to such brilliant use. “Matt always says that he basically hired a bunch of not-famous people, but people that had been working for a really long time.”

Weiner starts each season by having lunch with Hamm: “It’s a rare partnership. I always scribble something down that ends up in Episode 13.”

I fly very low on the radar,” says Hamm. “Mark Twain said it: ‘I’d rather say nothing and be thought an idiot than open my mouth and remove all doubt.’ Another Missouri boy, Mark Twain. The petulant, sh-tty movie-star mentality – that burns out pretty quick.”

[From Rolling Stone]

RS has a great behind-the-scenes photo shoot too – it’s here, online. I’m putting up some of my favorite photos. Sigh… I could spend all f-cking day looking at these photos and salivating over The Hamm. Too sweet. I think I want to marry this photo of My Hamm:

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These are pretty sweet too – Jesus Christ, this man.

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Slattery!!!

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Photos courtesy of Rolling Stone’s online pictorial.

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  1. Persistent Cat says:

    Way more interesting than the True Blood cover but still not as good as past Rolling Stone tv covers.

  2. meme says:

    THE HAMM IS THE MAN! Damn he’s handsome but that RS cover is hideous. Touching a photo up is one thing, but Photoshop is just ridiculous

  3. Exiled says:

    Is it me or does it look like they pasted a bigger head on Hamm? It looks a bit like a bobble head!

  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Hah So not way more interesting than the True Blood cover. I do love this cover though, even if it does remind me of a pimp surrounded by his hoes. Love dresses. All their boobs are fantastic, see Christina really should have wore red to the Emmy’s or darker colors.

    If AMC has any Mad Men episodes On Demand I am gonna watch one so I can find The Hamm attractive to. I just don’t see it yet.

  5. canadianchick says:

    If you put him beside that recent Brad Pitt photo with two gals from N’awlins, its a double decker booby sandwich.

  6. Gwen says:

    I think Christina really pops on the cover. Love it.

  7. Katie says:

    The Hamm is taking me over. Have you seen the video from the Emmy’s where they ask the cast if it’s true that they are great party people and Hamm sends Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper) to the mike? Her giggles and says, “We party!” and Hamm takes the mic and says, “Perfect.” I don’t know who I love more in that video, Kiernan or Hamm. But I definitely love that Hamm has such charm and personality when dealing with the media. He’s the new George Clooney, minus the rampant gay rumors.

  8. LolaBella says:

    Why does The Hamm look like Timothy Dalton in that Rolling Stone Cover shot?

    Christina and Elizabeth’s waist to boobs ratio looks unrealistic.

    Photoshop gone wild!

    Love Christina’s dress and I’m glad to see that for once her breasts are covered and her mouth is closed…wait…what? Oh…

  9. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    LOL so I just started watching this one Mad Men episode, love the opening credits. Did doctors really smoke in the same place they see patients in the 50s? I mean right after giving Christina Hendricks a gyno exam he pops up and lights a cig in the same room. Weird.

  10. Red says:

    The best TV cover is of Mulder and Scully lying in bed from 1996.

    http://blogs.amctv.com/scifi-scanner/xf_bed.jpg

  11. Kimi says:

    Looks like he’s holding one in. Christina looks lovely as usual..the other two are just meh!

  12. eja102 says:

    I admit, I know nothing from boobs. but is that really sexy? they look silly, camped faces and popping everywhere.

  13. meme says:

    Mad Men takes place in the 60′s and yes, doctors smoked in their offices. Smoking was allowed everywhere including hospitals.

  14. OC lady says:

    This is a funny cover. He looks like he can barely breath in that picture and he’s thinking to himself, “Don’t look at boobs, will go crazy. Don’t look!” :-)

  15. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    Wow! Did you know Christina Hendricks has Big, Fat, Gross boobs? What a Revelation!

    Seriously, the @ss chest has to go. How anyone finds that attractive (besides guys thinking with the little brain) is beyond me. And before I’m accused of jealousy — my sis is built like that and she’d stab herself in the eye before walking around with an @ss on her chest.

    It’s called Class.

    The biggest irony is, all these guys sweatin’ over her would run in fear when she takes off her clothes and they realize they look more like udders than breasts. (It’s sad and frightening all at once.)

    My sis would give hers up yesterday (she looked into surgery, but the scarring is awful). In fact, I don’t know any overly-large breasted women who like having them.

    Good for Hendricks that she whores them out. She wouldn’t have a career without them — and don’t give me that “she can act crap, either”.

    No tits, no work.

    And, Most Importantly, it takes away from the integrity of a very excellent show.

  16. suz says:

    Ugh. Hamm has no lips. How is he considered a sex symbol? I wish Slattery was on the cover.

    Though I will say CH and JJ look great, even though I rarely, and I mean rarely, have anything nice to say about either of them.

  17. Crash2GO2 says:

    Ooh, lovin’ that Mulder and Scully cover.

    The feminist in me just can’t embrace that Mad Man cover. Blech.

  18. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    @Bella:

    Since we don’t seem to have them where I live, I’ll trust you to bring the Fudgie the Whale cake to our wedding because we’re making this legal!

  19. a says:

    1st photo: it’s the art of the 1/4 turn and it certainly helps the figure! plus, if your figure is already great…

    love the black and white hamm shots!

  20. coup de grazia says:

    mad men is a gift to fashion and fashion photography. hot damn.

  21. Raven says:

    Mentok, sorry you are so opposed to reality. She looks great to me as does every other woman whose body hasn’t been surgeried into submission. Women have all kinds of body types, including those who are naturally very slim. I want to see a world where every normal type of body is considered worth noticing and there is no push to make everyone a Stepford.

  22. softandpointy says:

    Mentok, it’s not your sister’s fault she has gigantic ta-ta’s, and it’s not Christina’s fault, either. I don’t think she “whores” them out. She’s not walking around town with a ripped-up, see-through shirt and a hot pink bra like Lindsay, for instance. It’s not her fault if they’re so mesmerizing you can’t take your eyes off them. ;-)

    She shouldn’t have to cover up a magnificent rack just because a certain segment of Mad Men’s audience is either A) made uncomfortable by it, or B) fitfully envious of her curves. And, frankly, you sound more than pathetically envious.

    Oh, and she CAN act. She can act her ass off. And obviously, her peers (you know, OTHER actors) seem to feel the same way, because she’s been nominated more than once for Emmys and whatnot.

  23. Jean says:

    That cover is weird. Jon Hamm looks constipated.

  24. original kate says:

    the photoshopping on that cover is insane. hamm’s head is pasted directly on his chest, as in hello…where is his neck? january’s head is twice the size of her thighs, elizabeth moss looks posessed, c-hen looks like her head is perched on a popsicle stick and everyone looks like contortionists. why even bother having the actual actors pose at all if they will just be shopped into oblivion?

    now that cover with scully & mulder is a thing of beauty. a smokin’ hot, sweaty thing of beauty.

  25. Rachel says:

    What in photoshop hell did they do to his head!!! That pic with the sunglasses more than makes up for it though. That man has swagger!

  26. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Ok so I am watching a 2nd episode of Mad men. Its not terrible but so far I love Christina’s character. She is kinda of a bitch. I will have to watch it from the 1st season to fully get what I am seeing. So far I really like certain people. Its a hodge posh of people though. Different characters, alot to keep track of.

    LOL @ Suz you are so right, he totally doesn’t have lips. I still don’t find him attractive.

  27. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    I adore Jon, but that cover photo does not do him justice!

    The rest of the pictures are good though.

  28. Jeri says:

    Hearing about this show, it wasn’t something that appealed to me.

    But I watched it and I was hooked, my mind never wanders, I am in it from beginning to end.

    Everyone does an outstanding job!

  29. Dawn says:

    I love that X-files cover. Mad Men is dope!

  30. mary says:

    hothothot

  31. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    I never said it was my sister’s “fault”, as you put it. How is pushing your tits up to your chin any different than wearing something see-thru?

    I don’t think the lady’s unattractive at all. Sophia Loren had an equally beautiful and well-endowed body. I never saw her push her tits up to her eyes, and she’s still considered one of the most beautiful women ever.

    Hendricks will be gone as soon as Mad Men ends.

    Envious? Hardly. You couldn’t pay me to look like that, to be truthful. I’m not an unattractive woman, have NEVER had a problem getting men. And I’ve never had to shove my assets into someone’s face to get their attention.

    Again, it’s called Class.

    Why am I so horrible because I think women should be valued by more than their bodies? In my mind, by presenting herself that way, she’s reviving the very mindset that the show satires.

    You tell me that’s good for feminism. And if she’s so presentable that way, make sure that’s how you send your daughter to prom.

    Oh wait — that’s different, isn’t it?

    Isn’t it?

    Don’t bash my view on reality or womens body types until you actually read what I said. I’m totally cool with beauty and sexuality.

    It’s skanky whorish I find detestable.

  32. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Good heavens! Such a rukus over a woman who has naturally huge breasts!

    Hendricks is a very good actress, who has been nominated for her work on Mad Men, and had a career BEFORE the show was even on the air. I know I have seen her in several tv shows over the years.

    I do not think she does anything different than any other actress, and if you watch the show, it is very true to the attitudes and all prejudices on the 1960′s. I do not see her flaunting her chest in real life. Is the woman supposed to cover herself up like a nun, so as not to offend the feminists of the world? If she appears in photoshoots in scanty clothes, that is because the stylists style her that way. I just do not see what the big deal is over her or her chest. She is who she is and in my opinion, not hurting anyone or any cause.

  33. Persistent Cat says:

    @ Red, yes!!!!!!! Rolling Stone used to do interesting things when they featured tv shows on its cover. I loved that X-Files cover, also the two Seinfeld covers where they wore dominatrix clothing and the Wizard of Oz theme.

    The Glee cover earlier this year was good too because they dressed them up in 50s Americana clothing.

    The True Blood cover is unimaginative because it’s them naked covered in blood. Like EVERY DAMN episode. And this Mad Men cover is just them sitting there in slightly different styles of clothing.

  34. Crash2GO2 says:

    Mentok! Take a look at the cleavage line of Christine vs that of January. Their dresses are pretty much cut the same. Christina’s cleavage billows more because she has more breast tissue, not because she is ‘hiking it up to her eyes’.

    Both women are dressed almost identically, yet you are only picking on Christina. Is she supposed to dress more demurely BECAUSE she is particularly well endowed? I find that to be pretty sexist.

    And speaking of Sophia Loren, here she is, showing plenty of boobage.

    http://www.dailyworldbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Sophia-Loren-Age.jpg

  35. padiddle says:

    Mentok – you are policing other women’s bodies by criticizing Hendricks and calling her “skanky whorish” – she may dress provacatively, but that’s her right -as it’s HER body and she can choose to show it off to whatever degree she likes. Just because your own personal form of morality frowns upon it doesn’t mean everyone thinks that way. You would be better served to think about yourself and not spend your time criticizing Ms. Hendricks and other people you don’t know. She is an adult and doesn’t need anyone to tell her how to dress. If she thinks she looks attractive in tight clothes with some cleavage, than that’s her perogative. No one has the right to tell another adult how to dress, only to decide how they present themselves.

  36. Jeri says:

    I’ve seen Sophia Loren shopping some pretty deep cleavage.

    No one called it “ass” either. That’s pretty rude regardless of your excuses for saying it.

  37. OC lady says:

    She’s got big boobs! There’s no way to hide them unless she wears a mumu. Cut the girl a break.

    I don’t think she looks whorish. That’s going way too far. She’s not posing nude or semi-nude on the cover of magazines like so many others, she’s wearing a low cut dress. Big whoop.

    It’s actually what women wore back then. Just take a look at what Marilyn Monroe wore. That was the fashion of the day. It seems like this cover is trying to emulate the show.

  38. whatever says:

    hendricks paid for that arse on her chest….and when she displays them like that…she gets a square peck…

  39. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    Ok, last post and then I’m done.

    To quotes like this: “…she may dress provacatively, but that’s her right -as it’s HER body and she can choose to show it off to whatever degree she likes. Just because your own personal form of morality frowns upon it doesn’t mean everyone thinks that way.”

    Right…

    And if someone built this way showed up at your high school reunion or a wedding you were attending dressed like that, you would say the same thing. Uh huh… because that’s what women ALWAYS say.

    And, as all respectable mothers do, you’d let your daughter attend an event that way — because it’s her body and who cares what everyone thinks, right?

    Yeah, that’s my point.

    Hypocrits.

    Wait til next week when LiLo or Kim K does the same thing and everyone who commented in favor of Hendricks will bash them for it.

    Oh, and that pic of Loren — there’s a difference between cleavage and pushing them up to your eyes. Sophia’s aren’t, are they? No major bra manipulation done there!

    It’s called Class.

  40. Crash2GO2 says:

    Ha! Sophia’s boobs are practically cut in half, and heck ya, they’re jacked up. Because you see “cleavage”. You know – that swelling above the dress line.

    Hendricks doesn’t have the length in neck or upper torso that Sophia has, so her boobs are naturally closer to her face. Hers are about as jacked up as Sophia’s are in that photo.

    You’ve clearly got some issues Mentok.

  41. Frankly says:

    Where is January Jones’ left hand! She has been stumpified!

  42. Camille says:

    On that cover pic, that Hamm guy looks very cat like, or as if he is trying to stop himself from peeing his pants. :lol:

    And that cover is also quite boring, it is no where near as sexy as the True Blood cover was.

  43. Kate says:

    Mentok, I understand what you are saying. And I agree with some of the points you have made.

    However, I have been called “trashy” “skanky” or “slutty” (100% of the time by other women) simply because of my body type. I am slim with very large natural breasts, and for many people this automatically denotes an easy woman. It is impossible to hide them, and in the opinion of many women, if I’m not covering up with a hoodie then I am a whore.

    Also, contrary to what you’ve said, I love having them, despite some of the conflicts they cause. I can wear a plain t-shirt and it will still border on obscene, because there is just no hiding them. Do I like to show them off? On occasion, yes, because I certainly have been dumped on enough for them and sometimes it’s just nice to feel sexy, and to feel confident about them. I am lucky enough to have an amazing man who likes seeing them undressed, even though you seem to think large breasts look like udders.

    As well, the cover of Rolling Stone is hardly a wedding or high school reunion. She’s an actress who is primarily known for her body, and she’s playing the part.

    I think it’s time we stop dumping on other women’s bodies; skinny, fat, big breasts, small breasts, who cares? Women are the worst critics of each other, and that is perhaps the saddest reality of all.

    Ok, I’m done!

    ***On a totally unrelated note, Vincent Kartheiser is a completely underrated hottie. Though I do love me some Don Draper, “Pete Campbell” (despite his icky behavior) is the one I really look forward to! Love him!

  44. HotPockets says:

    I am almost finished with the first season of Mad Men and I have to say all the show really did for me is make me want to light up a cigarette and have a martini.

    It’s a decent show and I adore the clothes in it, but I really don’t care for any of the characters in it.

    I love my True Blood.

  45. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Nevermind.

  46. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Sophia Lorens breasts are hardly near the size of Hendricks, and there are many photos of Loren clad only in a bra and panties from photo shoots when she was younger.

    Seems to me picking on Hendricks is rather hypocritical itself.

    And no, I could give a crap less what ANY woman wears. Hendricks is an adult, not a high schooler, so like all adults, she is free to wear what she likes, as are Lilo and Kim K. I don’t police what other women wear. Only if it’s really fug do I care.

  47. original kate says:

    “And, as all respectable mothers do, you’d let your daughter attend an event that way — because it’s her body and who cares what everyone thinks, right?”

    um, no. a teenage girl and a grown woman are different; surely you can see that. FYI: if i had a teenage daughter i wouldn’t let her wear something that lowcut. i also wouldn’t let her wear high heels, tons of makeup, or leggings as pants. but when she is a grownup she can choose for herself how she wants to dress, and she should be able to do so without being called a whore. i may not like it, but that’s part of the whole feminist idea.

  48. carrie says:

    the photoshop award of the week! they look constipated and every one could think the show is about nice suit and fashion

  49. scotchy says:

    i am with you kate.
    i too have a slim body with large natural breasts, and it pains to see another woman trash someone for being just the way they are.
    i really don’t think she is trashy in anyway..
    and fyi people, they have stylists for these sorts of things, it’s not as if hendricks, went into her wardrobe and pulled this number out.

  50. Umba says:

    Christina rocks and Joanie is the best!!! Love her.

    And Mentok, if you say CLASS one more time, we’ll have to move you to the back of the class. Have some class.

  51. coup de grazia says:

    @frankly – you stole my comment! where the hell is january’s left hand??? it’s…it’s…..GONE!

    maybe stephanie march chopped it off over the whole bobby flay thing?

  52. coup de grazia says:

    @mentok – christina hardly looks skanky/whorish in the shot. she looks like a busty woman. i agree with whomever said that just b/c you’re curvy, you shouldn’t have to wear a paper bag b/c someone else might be overly sensitive to cleavage. i have natural 32H – yes *H* mother fuckers – boobs – and it is damn near impossible to completely cover them up – even if i wanted to try that, which i dont. she’s not “whoring them out” by wearing a perfectly appropriately cut dress – she shouldnt have to wear a damn burka just b/c she’s endowed. also, not all large breasts look like saggy hell when naked. i have been told by a few docs that mine are almost entirely gland tissue and not fat, which makes them more “buoyant” or something. now, i would love to be a D/DD, and may get surgery (the scars are practically invisible, by the way), but only b/c of back pain, to make exercise easier and breast cancer detection issues that run in my family, not b/c of they way they look, cuz honey, they look great! :)

  53. canadianchick says:

    I love it when someone preaches about class and hypocrisy when she calls CH’s lovely form “ass-chest.” Bahahhaha :)

  54. kimberly says:

    man i’ve loved that show since i happen to see the first episode that aired. Right time, right station on my ever flipping remote hand.

  55. Aphrodite says:

    #13 You say that in the 60′s smoking was allowed everywhere in the Us.
    Imagine that in Greece till last year everyone was smoking everywhere.Last year they didn’t allow it in public places and from today September 1st 2010 smoking is banned from everywhere and I’m so happy!Finally.Watching Mad Men and how they used to smoke back then seems funny to me because although Mad Men is retro that’s how everyone smokes in Greece.

  56. Twez says:

    Mentok, please return to eighth grade assembly. Thanks.

  57. funnygirl says:

    I actually agree with Mentok..

    I don’t think Christina Hendrick’s breasts are natural.. I do think shes had breast implants of some kind. Alright they do look hot, Christina does have a great shape but does she have to have them out ALL the time? Like we get it, you have breasts! And I don’t think she’s a great actress, she doesn’t have a big part on Mad Men, just tends to say a few bitchy lines to Peggy, who imo is a much better character, Elizabeth Moss is definitely the better actor of the two.

  58. Mistral says:

    nice cover.

  59. padiddle says:

    Mentok – since you quoted me, I’ll answer you. I don’t care what anyone wears to my HS reunion or my wedding. ADULTS ,as I stated, are allowed to wear whatever they want. Of course, I would not allow my teenage daugther to have her boobs hanging out (although, I personally, think Ms. Hendricks cleavage is tasteful) but that’s because she is a child not an adult. If my daughter grew up and wanted to dress outrageously there would be nothing I could do to stop her.
    And to quote the wise Tina Fey in Mean Girls “You have GOT to stop calling each other sluts and whores, it just makes it ok for guys to say that.”

  60. Sandy says:

    God that man is beautiful. J. Jones is a well cast, meh actress who will disappear when this show ends though. She is fun in this part. Its like watching a pouty thirteen year old act like my grandmother.

  61. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    @funnygirl:

    I’ve never come across another person who doesn’t think that the sun rises and sets on her character. It wouldn’t matter who was playing her, I just find her imperiousness dull. Same reaction to Sally (though I’ve never been interested in fiction about animals and children–where’s the conversation?)

  62. Umba says:

    I think she’s great on Mad Men. Since someone compared her to Elizabeth Moss, I like Elizabeth Moss, too, but find her acting to be somewhat one dimensional.

    Christina’s portrayal of Joan, however, is very nuanced and rich.

    Whoever says that she just shows up to utter a few b*tchy lines to Peggy must still be watching the 1st season.

  63. Koolkitty says:

    I just want to go down the line and motorboat them all and I’m not even into chicks….just too many tittaaaaayyys – my eyes don’t know where to look

  64. Persistent Cat says:

    I think we all should start our day asking ourselves “What Would Mentok’s Sister Do?”

  65. Sally says:

    High five to all the slim chicks with massive natural boobs! Yes, it’s true, it’s hard to hide em unless you’re wearing something huge and baggy. The girls require support, and with support comes cleavage.

    And by the way, Mentok, mine don’t sag a single itty bitty millimetre. Big wow.