Jon Hamm covers Details: A grown-up, full-fledged man

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Let me take this opportunity to apologize for not including Jon Hamm in this week’s Hot Guy Friday. I didn’t do him (I wish) because we’ve had a lot of Hamm photos and stories this week, what with The Town coming out and everything. Even though I could look at photos of My Hamm all day, everyday, I’m wary of Hamm overkill. But never say never, because My Hamm is the cover boy for the October issue of Details Magazine. And these photos are FABULOUS – the online slideshow is here. God, I love Details. They try to front like they’re a magazine for dudes, when really it’s all aimed at gay men and women. Bless them.

Anyway, as for the actual article… well, you know that The Hamm is actually a great interview, right? That he’s not just a pretty face and a great actor? He actually has a lot of personality, and he actually thinks about stuff other than Hollywood, and he has a lot to say. The piece opens up with The Hamm and the Details interviewer riding a Mercedes motorcycle – The Hamm does the voice work for Mercedes, if you didn’t know, and they sent him a special motorcycle that hasn’t even come on market yet. Sigh… I live him. Anyway, the full piece is here, and here are the highlights:

The Hamm in his downtime – it’s like he lives in a commercial: As a kind of in-town vacation, he and his longtime girlfriend, actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, are borrowing a cottage right on the beach in Malibu. When I showed up earlier in the day, their big dog, Cora, a shepherd mix, was happily lounging in the sand. Westfeldt was waiting on friends, and she and Hamm had plans to fire up the Big Green Egg. Sinatra was playing in the living room. Hamm and Westfeldt have an easygoing sweetness with each other that comes from being together a dozen years and getting off on the same stuff. They offered me a drink (“Budweiser—in a can, no less”) and talked about a film they’re producing this fall that Westfeldt wrote called Friends With Kids.

Choosing to live in California: “All the drifters eventually end up here in Southern California,” Hamm says as we meander along the coastal highway. “I came out to visit with my mom when I was 9 years old and then again right after she died. I liked the cars, I liked the sun. I just thought, ‘This is for me.’”

On deciding to become an actor: “I never minded standing up and looking like an idiot, which is tremendously helpful in this industry and not so much in others. At a certain point. 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.’”

His early days as an actor: “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.”

On LA: “L.A. represents opportunity,” he says. “And, as has been proven over and over in the current media landscape, it doesn’t take much for them to put you on TV. If that’s all you want, you can be on The Bachelor or The Real Housewives or whatever show just wants oversized personalities, ridiculous behavior, and zero dignity. “When you try to learn how to act, you approach it with respect. But if you just want to be famous . . . that’s not that much different than porn. ‘I’m a movie star!’ Well, no, you’re not. You’re a porn star, and that’s completely different. And you know, hey, mazel tov—porn probably built half the houses out here, but you’re selling your dignity in a way that I feel I’m not. And once you sell it, it’s gone. You ain’t getting it back.”

On life/work beyond Mad Men: “I do this show for four months of the year. I can’t live on it—I gotta keep hustling. I went right from the show into The Town, working with Ben Affleck for six weeks up in Boston,” he says. “Then right from that up to Canada to shoot a little part in Sucker Punch with Zack Snyder, who did Watchmen and 300. This guy is a genius-level-weird artist. It was just amazing—a-mazing—how much energy he puts into it day to day, how excited he was about it. This guy is totally inspirational, in every way. It was like, ‘I’m on board! Let’s do it! F-ck it! F-ck, let’s do it!’”

On The Town: “It’s almost like an old Hollywood movie,” he says. “It’s got a love story, it’s got a crime element, but it’s very much for adults. There’s not a lot of candy for the Twitter-obsessed. It just deals with adult shit—no werewolves, no vampires. Yet . . . they’re retooling it for 3D.”

What if Mad Men hadn‘t come along? “If [Mad Men] 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… I would have been perfectly happy, I think, continuing my career the way it was. Just being that guy in shows. I probably could have had a very nice career doing that. And still may, honestly. The big book ain’t written yet.”

Elisabeth Moss on The Hamm: “[He is] the leader of our little gang. We do defer to him. If there’s something that we need to fix, we go to Jon. It’s funny. There definitely are a lot of similarities between how Jon and I get along and the relationship between Don and Peggy. But Jon doesn’t yell at me as much—thank God. That would be a bit rough.”

The Hamm on his later-in-life success: “You get to sit at the big table with the big boys and hang out,” Hamm says. “Sean Penn and Meryl Streep are having a conversation, and you’re standing next to them, and they stop and turn to you and say, ‘Oh God, we love your show.’ Yeah, that wasn’t happening with my work in What About Brian.”

Is he happy with his later-in-life success? “Absolutely, I don’t know how the Twilight kids or Miley Cyrus or whoever handle it. You f-ck up, make one bad decision, and people in Thailand Twitter about it.” 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 f-ck?! Everyone has picked their nose at one point in their life too.”

I love this: “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. 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.”

[From Details]

It’s amazing to me that The Hamm was knocking around Hollywood for more than a decade without ever breaking out – I mean, for God’s sake, look at him. Somewhere, a casting director is pouring herself a stiff drink and thinking back to the day she made the biggest mistake of her life – not hiring him. But he seems happy that fame came to him in the way it did, in his mid and late 30s. And he is a MAN, not a boy, not some 20-something twit who can’t hold a conversation without whining or masturbating.

By the way, does anyone else find this photo below slightly disturbing? The Hamm in shorts… and not just any shorts, crisp white shorts. He has great, athletic legs, for sure. But I’m disturbed.

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Photos courtesy of Details Magazine.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    It is the time where people are now fans of actors who are, adults? I think yes!!! That quote about becoming famous/infamous while losing your dignity is DEAD ON! It’s great coming from him because there is no hint of irony with it.

  2. Kiska says:

    What a delicious man. He is sizzling hot.

  3. anon33 says:

    LORD GOD ALMIGHTY HE IS FINE.

    Just…wow.

    Oh and BTW I like the shorts photo!!

  4. Livia says:

    We’re gonna need more panties….

  5. sarahla says:

    Those are underwear, not crisp white shorts.

  6. prettyme says:

    with the Hamm nothing is distarbing ;)

  7. Skipper says:

    The Hamm… he can do NO wrong!!! Droooool…..

  8. Hautie says:

    I believe it is a car that Mercedes loaned him. A extremely expensive two door car. That he was running up to 140mph. He was harping about leather clad motorcycle riders hogging up the road and slowing him down…

    Anywho, I would have rode shot gun with him… any day.

    That picture of him in the blue sweater with the simple white t-shirt… is the best. I look at that and just know he smells incredible.

  9. Chris says:

    “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.”

    True. A lot of male “heart throbs” look like skinny, sunken chested, little boys.

  10. ditdut says:

    Damn, I have to start watching Mad Men if this piece of hot ass is in it.

  11. Chris says:

    The sad part of his take on reality shows is that none of the people, including Heidi, Spencer, Paris, Kate, etc, etc, will see themselves as these **ores who have lost all dignity. They really believe they are ‘stars’.

  12. Lady Jane says:

    He is just a big hunk of lovely.

    I know what you mean about the white shorts one – I immediately thought when I saw that one, “Oh, that’s for the gays.” Jon Hamm bent over with his bum up in the air, looking a bit concerned, a bit vulnerable.

    I know, I am sick, but there you go.

  13. Robin504 says:

    Well.. damn GOOD thing Hamm didn’t go to one of th major networks as he says, because they would’ve likely just overlooked him for someone like Rob Lowe! Tried & Tue is one thing, but eventually something/someone else must be tried. And Hamm is “For True” as we say in New Orleans.

    Hamm has a fabulous way of truly gettin’ around in one’s solar plexis, rolling around and making you FEEL that Don Draper guy. That stoic, complex, tragic character has caused me to pay more attention to all other roles in different film in which he’s now cast.

    Not to mention, he is very, very good-looking.

    ~R~

  14. debbie says:

    I’m Jewish…but I loves me some Hamm!

  15. denise says:

    He’s very handsome.

  16. Lady Jane says:

    hamm-some you mean?

  17. denise says:

    @ Lady Jane

    lol! :)

    You should copyright that ;)

  18. lola lola says:

    *sigh*….thank you CB. What a lovely way to spend time over my morning coffee….

  19. Jane Q. Doe says:

    I’ve never seen Mad Men, but he is delicious! And he’s not just pretty to look at either. Give me a manly Hamm over any of those effete metrosexuals any day…
    I want a guy who looks like he could fix my car if need be, not just his hair.

  20. abby says:

    This is VERY off topic, but I keep seeing the ads for max-clarity in the columns on the right, and the one with the before and after of a guy looks like Jon Gosselin!!! Just wanted to let people know what I noticed. Maybe that’s Jon’s new side job.

  21. moi says:

    he is magnificent.

  22. ch says:

    oh c´monn, stop it with the gay thing

    don´t you think he overdid the morality speech?
    all the talk about dignity and integrity or wathever… be careful mr. handsome, you are on dangerous ground!

  23. original kate says:

    every pool should come with one of those.

  24. ch says:

    if you censor my comment means you are absolutely in love with the man

    it´s crazy!

  25. kbomb says:

    I live in Toronto and met him 2 nights ago at a TIFF party. He was actually a bit more shy than he comes off in interviews. His girlfriend was absolutely lovely and charming. I even got a pic on my blackberry with them which I will covet for the rest of my life:)

  26. Jayla says:

    If he’s such a mature man and Mr. Righteous/Integrity, wonder why hasn’t he married his girlfriend of many years – don’t they want kids? They’ve been together for years, why doesn’t he make the final committment to her with marriage. Anyone read anything about them on that?

  27. Chris says:

    @Jayla: because he and his girlfriend refuse to get married, as a personal protest, until it’s legal for gay couples to get married too.

  28. original kate says:

    “They’ve been together for years, why doesn’t he make the final committment to her with marriage. Anyone read anything about them on that?”

    @ jayla: the fact that they have been together for about 12 years sounds like a committment to me. and being married doesn’t mean you are mature, it just means there is a 40% chance you will end up divorced.

  29. lucy2 says:

    LOVE it. It amazes me that he’s been around and I’ve seen him in other shows, but never noticed him until Mad Men and now I find him totally swoon worthy. I think it’s just one of those things, the perfect role on a great show coming along at just the right time. He wisely balanced that with a little bit of comedy, and now his career is probably golden for decades. And deservedly so, he’s really talented.

    LOL, I keep picturing him playing pool like his Drew character on 30 Rock plays tennis!

  30. henry says:

    My oh my the ego is just going off the charts with this guy. From a nobody, he finally got a hit, and now he’s suddenly a superior being. Give it a few years, buddy, you might not be so choosy and worried about your dignity when the roles dry up.