Jon Hamm: Ryan Reynolds only got ‘Green Lantern’ after I turned it down repeatedly


Jon Hamm’s GQ UK cover came out more than a week ago, so MY BAD about not covering it before now. I saw it last week but the only quotes I could find were slightly boring. The Hamm is no longer bitching about Kim Kardashian constantly in interviews, which is sad because those made for some great stories, plus back-and-forth with Jonathan Cheban, who is not a Mad Men fan. But then I came across some additional quotes from this interview over the weekend, and I kind of wonder if Jon is being a bit rude and breaking one of the cardinal rules in Hollywood: never discuss the films you passed on.

His post-Mad Men career: “There’s no road map for this. You look at someone like Matthew McConaughey – ten years ago, you wouldn’t have said he’s going to be an Oscar-winning actor, you know? The guy from Failure To Launch? You’d have been laughed out of the room. You look at a person’s success like that and think: God speed. And hope you’re given the opportunity. It’s hard because Hollywood is a lot of things, but it’s not the biggest risk taker.”

Becoming a star in his late 30s: “Flick through the TV guide in the Nineties – I auditioned for every one of those shows. It wasn’t just my looks. My energy wasn’t right. You know, [affects hyperactive teen voice] ‘Hey guys! I think there’s been a murder! And have you seen there’s a dance?’ It wasn’t me. I had to grow into being hireable. People said to me, just wait until you’re 40. I was like, 40?”

He turned down Green Lantern: “They came after me pretty hard for ‘Green Lantern’. But I was like, ‘Meh, that’s not what I want to do.’ Never say never, but these aren’t the kind of movies I like to go and see. They don’t make the kind of movies I like to see anymore.”

Women come up to him, wanting to make out: “I can literally be walking through Central Park and every third person will be like, ‘Can I have a kiss?’ No! Absolutely not! And Jennifer [Westfeldt, Hamm’s long-term partner] will be right there! It doesn’t make you feel good. I’m like: how were you raised?”

Losing his mom when he was just a kid: ”I remember watching my father and my grandmother and grandfather completely lose their s–t. ‘These people who were usually so composed, so put together, so adult. I just remember thinking, ‘This can’t be good.’ It was very fast. It was incredibly hard to watch. Life really does a number on you. I watched my mum shrivel up, and at 35. She was this incredibly healthy, beautiful woman and by the time she died she weighed 80lb and looked like she was 70.”

On losing his father at the age of 20: “It just changed everything. It was just a profound sense of being alone. And that lasted a while. I was in college, and I had to start over again. It was definitely a moment. I was at a crossroads. It really could have gone the wrong way.”

[From GQ UK, additional quotes via Dalje]

That’s rough news for Ryan Reynolds. I mean, I guess we knew that Ryan was one of several actors in contention for Green Lantern, but no other actor has ever come out and said, “Well, they really wanted me and they only went to Ryan after I turned them down. Repeatedly.” Does it matter that Jon’s instincts were good, that The Green Lantern movie was a crapfest that Ryan is still trying to crawl out of?


Photos courtesy of Gavin Bond/GQ UK.

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  1. Greata says:

    Douche! Douche! Douche! Self-important much?

    • marjalane says:

      That’s exactly what I said when I read the headline- but then I added, “Meh, no surprise, he’s always a douche”.

    • Nev says:


      so crusty and ornery…hahahaha…SIT DOWN GRUMPS.

    • Sarah123 says:

      Jon Hamm hangs out at Largo on a regular basis. He has played poker with a group of stand-up comics for years, long before he was famous. He is a fairly regular guest on all their podcasts and comes across as very humble and very, very funny. He didn’t ditch his old crowd for the big-name Hollywood scene. He’s been with the same partner for decades and he eschews the dark sides of fame and celebrity. The quote about not doing crappy superhero films fits other things he’s said about avoiding the fame trap and making his own career path – not an intentional dig at Reynolds. I think he just wants to wear a baseball cap and scruffy beard, play poker and watch stand-up comedy, and hopefully act in some quality stuff.

  2. GiGi says:

    Awhile ago I was listening to an interview – I had no idea who was speaking, but he was telling the story of his childhood, how his parents’ deaths had affected him. It was moving and I may have even teared up. It was, of course, Jon Hamm. So now, even though he frequently comes across as a bit prickish in print, I can’t hate him.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, that’s a very tragic story. I feel for him, too.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      The dude had a really rough childhood and I don’t blame him for being a bit grumpy. I find him very intelligent and usually pretty insightful in interviews. I can forgive him for being a bit cranky now and then.

      • Sullivan says:


      • mayamae says:

        I don’t watch Mad Men, but I’ve enjoyed Hamm when he appears on Bill Maher’s show.

      • Bridget says:

        I love grumpy. I’ll take grumpy over Grande every day.

      • Chris says:

        I think he’s unusually articulate and witty for Hollywood, I am surprised by the anti vibe! That headline is grossly misleading, that’s not at all what he was talking about.

      • MaiGirl says:

        He’s grumpy, but he’s honest. I appreciate that he calls it as he sees it, though sometimes he does sound like he’s keeping your ball and you better get off his lawn!

      • Caz says:

        Agree as well. I secretly like it when stars dish the dirt as to what really happened. And for those who don’t just trot out the required PR sound bites. Bonus points for those who are articulate and interesting about it too.

        PS I want to really read about FIFA corruption. Are they corrupt? Heck yeah.

  3. Sammy says:

    I get a douche vibe from him

    • mimi says:

      I never did until now. There was no reason for him to reveal that info so publicly other than to flatter himself. I can’t stand self-important guys like that.

      • Denise says:

        I don’t fault him for that. He didn’t name Ryan Reynolds, the headline did, and it was a crap movie. He knew it. That makes him smart and his career is better for it. Besides, I’m not sure that any leading man or woman we see was ever the first choice.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Me too. Dude is way arrogant which is a total turn-off. I don’t find him particularly good-looking, but then I don’t think Clooney is good-looking at all and everybody creams their panties for him. Hamm is masculine – I’ll give him that, but his self-appreciation ruins it.

    • Ally says:

      I think it’s smart. It’s telling everyone out there: “Don’t bother offering me those roles. Offer me something else.”

  4. Eleonor says:

    I don’t think he was shading Ryan Reynolds, he simply told how he turned down an offer. I think he is one of those persons who is very direct.
    Plus he was a really awful choice for Green Lantern.

    • Kiddo says:

      I agree Eleanor.

    • FLORC says:

      There are nicer ways he could have phrased that, but he didn’t. and He could have side stepped it, but he didn’t.

    • Syko says:

      Agreed. I read his quote three times, looking for where he said something negative about Ryan Reynolds, and could not find it. He just said he didn’t want to be in that kind of movie.

      Too bad, I’d love to have seen him in a leotard.

      • sputnik says:

        yeah, i’ve read all the links and i can’t see anything about ryan reynolds, which was printed as a quote here. so, did he actually say what they’re saying or did he just say he didn’t want to make that kind of movie?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


    • Green Girl says:

      I am with you all. I didn’t think it was that bad – he was offered a few times and turned it all down. It would be bad if he’d made negative comments about Ryan Reynolds or the movie itself, but he didn’t. Granted, I haven’t read the entire interview, so maybe there’s more?

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Thank you. ITA completely.

    • tracking says:

      Yes, agreed. He’s quite acerbic, but I appreciate his honesty and find it refreshing.

      • Czarina says:

        Given this post and others that have appeared today, if I was Jon Hamm I’d be pissed and grumpy, too.

        The tone of this post and others is exactly why he is highly critical of the celebrity culture. His words were taken entirely out of context; he never said anything disparaging toward other actors. Many have wanted him to take on a superhero role (e.g., Batman, Superman, Dr. Strange) and he explained why he doesn’t want to do that.

        Why so much hate?

        I met him at a “get out the vote” event during the last presidential election where he was volunteering his time for the cause. He was almost shy, very humble and devastatingly handsome. He thanked all the volunteers, was solicitous of his partner (Jennifer Westfeldt) who was there as well, and talked to and took photos with everyone who wanted one. He set up a scholarship in his mother’s name at his high school and supports many charities, including St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

        He is a stand up guy who can’t take a simple walk with his dog because the paparazzi camps out in front of his house. He could easily “cash in” on his fame and take any role that comes his way, but instead he seeks roles that are challenging and the opportunity to work with people he respects. If you think he can’t act, just watch “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” on Ovation. He has a great sense of humor and does comedy podcasts for his friends who host them.

        Yes, if I was Jon Hamm, I would be grumpy because when he signed up to be an actor, no one told him that all this crap gossip and negativity came with his desired career choice. He has often said that he mourns his loss of privacy and never signed up for the gossip.

        For those of you who think he is a douche, I’d be afraid to know which celebrities you admire.

  5. Esmom says:

    I’m not sure if douche is the word I’d use for him but once again his contempt for much of humanity is showing here. That said, I didn’t know he’d lost his parents at such a young age. I gotta believe, as he even acknowledges, that it affected him in ways that still aren’t resolved, maybe never will be.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Snobby is what I got. Maybe elitist, when it comes to career moves. He certainly is humorless.

      • emmie_a says:

        Huh? Where is he snobby? And he can be elitist all he wants when choosing roles, there is nothing wrong with that. It’s his life and his name on the screen. If it were me I’d be elitist too about my career choices.

  6. Talie says:

    Ehhhh… I don’t know if I buy that. His look is way too mature for Green Lantern. And you’re telling me they passed on Bradley Cooper for it, but were dying to get Jon Hamm, who was/is still completely untested in in carrying films.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t think he actually said was as bad as what is implied in the headline.

  8. jessica6 says:

    I’m not at all a fan of John Hamm – I find him to be exceedingly vain, for one thing – but I’ll give him a temporary pass here after reading about losing both parents at young ages (respective deaths). I can more than empathize, as I lost both my parents young, and I can totally identify with feeling alone and lost and having no direction – at the time of the losses and for several years afterwards. No matter how old one is when losing the second parent, one truly feels like an orphan. I still do.

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      I lost my father when I was very young. It never gets easier. Sending hugs

    • Jen says:

      It is terrible that he lost both his parents at such a young age, but that was almost 25 years ago. It’s no excuse for him to act like an ornery douche in the present.

      • Myriam says:

        With all due respect @Jen, length of time does not make dealing with a loss, especially one that great, better. But he has come out of it, quite honestly, stronger than most. I have a friend who is still a mess after her parents died, even with all of the family support. And I didn’t get any douche vibes from the article. He wasn’t bagging Ryan Reynolds nor the movie and he had an opportunity to. He didn’t thank God he turned it down, he didn’t call the movie a hot mess, he didn’t even mention Reynolds, and I don’t know how many times I’ve heard an actor say they were considered for a specific role but rejected it. I guess it’s not that sacred of a cardinal rule in Hollywood.

        P.S. Sometimes I have to do a disclaimer because words can be interpreted wrong, but I don’t want you to think I’m attacking you.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        My husband lost his father and found him dead when he was 12. He overcame it in a sense – becoming the “man” of his family at such a young age saved him by giving him purpose – to take care of his mother and siblings. It made him determined and he perservered, HOWEVER, my husband is arrogant, intolerant and insensitive to those who don’t come out smelling like roses after traumatic events. I say that lovingly. He can’t relate to those who aren’t/weren’t as strong as him personality-wise. He tends to think “if I overcame all that and as a kid, why can’t so and so overcome this?” There might be some of that with Hamm. Some people don’t understand what a huge role their personality played in the way they handled a bad childhood.

        I used to do that too. I have an older brother and older sister and we didn’t have a good childhood. My brother and I used it all as a lesson – we knew early on what kind of family we wanted when we grew up and we learned what not to do by watching our mother’s dysfunctional relationships with various men and stepdads. My sister continued the pattern. For decades I was so angry with her for not breaking free of all that crap like my brother and I. It’s only been in the last decade that I’ve figured out, we were stronger than she was/is. When somebody said something mean to us as kids, it would make me angry and I would prove them wrong. My sister would wilt and cry. It’s still that way today.

    • Dani says:

      I lost my father also at a young age, but I don’t find that as a reason to be a jerk to people around me. It hurt and still hurts like hell but it’s not an excuse to be so ‘hard’.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’m sorry to read this, Dani. My heart goes out to you and others and I applaud you for rising above tragedy. That being said, every person is different. Some people can go through hardships and still maintain a positive outlook, others become “hard” as you say.

        Personally, as someone who grew up with two amazing and happily married parents, I’m not gonna judge.

      • mayamae says:

        @TOK, I agree with you. I lost my father at seventeen, and I’ve never been bitter. That’s not to say I wasn’t sad. I’m sure it’s a credit to my mom, but also to the fact that I was raised knowing that my dad had a serious heart condition. From the age of five I had frequent dreams that my dad died. He died suddenly from a massive heart attack when my mom had a car accident. He made it to the scene, asked her if she was ok, then collapsed.

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        @Mayamae wow, that sounds harsh, sorry for your lost. Yours too Dani. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 16 and, like you, I was prepared for it and I even felt relieved for ONE second after her death because she was hurting so much. Then I guilt tripped myself because of that one second for whole two years. I lost bunch of weight and thpught about how disappointed she would be in me all the time. That one second turned out to be the worst moment of my life. It really is very different how people cope with death.

      • Dani says:

        @OKitt – I lost my father this past April, he died of collapsed lungs and a failing heart. We watched him suffer for 10 days before his body gave out on its own. I understand the pain that Jon Hamm went through. We all hurt, and we’re all bitter, but allowing it to take it’s toll on your life is a mistake many people make. I’m 23, and my daughter was 6 months when my father passed. I could have easily lost myself but didn’t. I agree with you though, and I’m not saying he’s wrong or at fault, everyone hurts differently, but it’s something he should work through. It’s not good for the soul.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Man…y’all are so much stronger than me.

        I DREAD the day that my mom and dad pass away– I don’t think I’m tough enough to get through it.

        Sorry all you wonderful ladies had to go through that and *hugs*

      • mayamae says:

        @TOK, I’m curious – but please don’t answer if it makes you uncomfortable – if you’ve lost anyone yet in your life. I’ve known people who make it into their thirties, without experiencing a close loss, and absolutely fall apart when someone dies. I had already lost both grandfathers, two young cousins, and an uncle, before my father died. Some would disagree with me, but I think loving and losing pets in childhood helps when you go on to lose a friend/family member.

        Having said that, you will be so much stronger than you think. But even if you do fall apart – that’s honest emotion and you shouldn’t be embarrassed. Hopefully, you won’t have to experience that for many more decades. I handled my dad’s loss well, but I’m an only child (and unmarried without children) and my mom’s loss is going to devastate me.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I lost my parents when I was a a baby and had no other relatives. I was raised in a children’s home. I have no memory of having parents, so I can’t imagine the pain of losing them when you are old enough to understand. I know from my practice that it can effect someone in a number of different ways.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ mayamae-I’ve lost my grandparents and a couple acquaintances, but I’ve never lost someone that I was extremely close to. I am very, VERY close to my parents and my big brother. I’m like you–I will be devastated when it’s my mom’s time. I can’t imagine losing all the family members that you have!
        I only hope I can be as stoic as you, Mayamae.

      • mayamae says:

        @TOK, I’ve always prided myself on my stoicism, but I’ve come to realize it can be a disconnect, so I try to embrace the emotion and cry in these moments (if I need to cry).

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        On the contrary Mayamae–we NEED people like you on this earth! I know you are so passionate about animal welfare and I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) that you once mentioned that you’re a nurse?

        Stoic people are the ones that keep the rest of us from falling apart. That being said, it can be a burden to feel like you have to be the Strong One all the time.
        And yes, ITA that it can feel oddly freeing to embrace your emotions. When I feel incredibly upset about something (which thankfully isn’t too often these days) my mom always tells me to “go have a good cry”. It can be really cathartic to release that pent-up sadness…

      • mayamae says:

        @TOK, yes I’m an animal nut and a nurse. It’s kind of you to remember, and your comments are kind as well. I am stoic when it comes to tears and I thought that was great and strong. I then took over the raising of my cousin’s child, and noticed that she evolved from someone comfortable with tears, into someone like me. At my grandmother’s funeral a few years back, I talked to my cousin and encouraged her to let her emotions out. Turns out – I was able to cry and she wasn’t. It concerns me that I’ve turned her into this, but perhaps it will help her as she grows up. I just don’t know. I did have her in counseling for years for things she endured prior to coming to me, so I’d like to think she’s better off now.

  9. SofiaS says:

    I get a douche vibe too.

  10. Mia4S says:

    Jon needs to do the film version of The Ambiguously Gay Duo. 😉

    Seriously though it’s bad form to bring up what you passed on, Renoylds already looked bad enough. Hamm likely wasn’t the first or only they went after. They go after the same guys over and over. (For example: Gosling has been offered tons of superheroes and Star Wars; they wanted Fassbender for a Spider-Man villain (he chose XMen thank God!) and supposedly Star Wars.).

    • Adrien says:

      Wasn’t the live action of that AGD done already starring Hamm as Ace and Jimmy Fallon as Gary?

      • Mia4S says:

        Just the sketch, we need the movie. 😉

        I’m kidding.

        I think people are reading more into it than is there. He’s not shading Renoylds, it’s just that Renoylds is having such a down time career-wise (nothing to do with Hamm) it comes across worse.

  11. Kali says:

    Oh man, he could’ve made Green Lantern watchable! Could’ve. Not would’ve. Could’ve.

    • eliza says:

      Nothing Hamm is in, save for Mad Men, is watchable.

      • Kali says:

        Nooooo!!! “Bridesmaids” was awesome!!

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        He was so funny in Bridesmaids and 30 Rock. That’s why I find it odd that some are describing him as “humorless”.

        He was solid in The Town too. Not amazing, but solid enough.

      • eliza says:

        @Kali- I am one of the few who did not see Bridesmaids until the hype died down and it was on HBO, and after all the hype I watched it and thought ” This is IT?!”. Hamm was not that great in it because I think he is a lot like that character, arrogant and self important, not too much of an acting stretch.

        I will admit, I did like when Wiig flipped out at the bridal shower. That was funny.

      • Jen says:

        Maybe the “humorless” thing is a recent development. But in every interview with him for the last few years humorless and douchey and annoying are the first words that come to mind.

      • mayamae says:

        @Eliza, my take on Bridesmaids, is that Hamm was mocking himself/his image. It seemed very self-deprecating, and I love that in a person.

      • lucy2 says:

        The “humorless” thing is odd to me too, I’ve heard him in a number of podcasts and stuff, and he’s actually a very funny guy who ended up getting his big break as Don Draper, King of the Grumps.
        He was HILARIOUS on 30 Rock, I’ll never forget his character’s helicopter story, and how he tried to play tennis. A humorless, vain, douchey guy wouldn’t make fun of his own good looks that way, I don’t think.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        He is very self depreciating, which I think some people can read as arrogance. I have heard so many good things about him and his humble vibe. He’s from St. Louis, has a Midwestern sensibility. I love him on 30 Rock…but I also love 30 Rock.

  12. David99 says:

    He comes off as angry.

    • HadleyB says:

      I think he’s blunt, says it how it is ; not fake happy smiley oh gee whiz I am so lucky to be an actor BS we get from celebs lately ( Reese anyone? ). Then in real life they are the biggest assholes ever.

      Give me blunt and serious any day. Actually in America if you are not happy fake smiley, ” how are you doing today? ” then you are mad, angry or rude. It;s crazy. Fake and stupid. It’s gotten out of hand at the retail level and worked it’s way into corporate level where you have to smile while doing your work on your computer otherwise you are rude.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I don’t think he translates well to print.

  13. PunkyMomma says:

    Jon, if you don’t want random women coming up to you asking for a kiss, stop going commando. You know you’re asking for it, douchebag.

    • in_theory says:

      Even if he went naked, he wouldn’t be asking for it. Jeez. Way to blame him for the disgusting and disrespectful behaviour of others.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Respectfully disagree. He can and has tamed the Hammaconda. I find him to be a bit of an exhibitionist. JMHO

      • in_theory says:

        He may be an exhibitionist, but that still doesn’t give anyone the right to harass him. Would you feel the same way if he was a woman?

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      Double standarts or sarcasm?

      • PunkyMomma says:

        You know, it’s wrong of the women to throw themselves at men, but this dude advertises his package on a regular basis, and then bitches about his goods being talked about. An assault is an assault, regardless of gender. All I’m saying is that maybe Jon Hamm (and only Jon Hamm) likes it. And maybe, just maybe Jon Hamm, and only Jon Hamm, asks for it. (Running for cover now.). My comment is specific to him.

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        Talking about it is different. We have the right to talk about Hammaconda all we want just like we can talk about Kate Upton’s boobs. They, themselves, let us talk about it by advertising them on almost daily basis. But we can’t ask them for a kiss because that’s sexual assault. I don’t know how much it happened to Jon Hamm and how he feels about it. You might be right about him but in my defense your first comment sounded like a blanket statement.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Never meant to be a blanket statement, my apologies to all.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’m not sure that asking for a kiss qualifies as “sexual assault”, maybe sexual harassment, but not assault.

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        To be honest, I am not sure about the exact distinction between these two terms since English is not my first language so I am taking your word for it and consider it as sexual harassment from now on.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Well you still probably speak English better than I do 😉
        I wasn’t being cheeky, just drawing a distinction between the two.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        maybeiamcrazy, from what I understand, sexual assault is physically forcing someone in a sexual way. Harassment might not involve actually touching someone, it could take the form of just saying things or threatening someone. Hope that helps! 😀

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        @TOK and @Tiffany Thank you both. You never stop learning when it comes to languages. 🙂

      • Tiffany :) says:

        That is a wonderful thing maybeiamcrazy! One of the things I love about Celebitchy is having such a diverse and global community! 😀

    • Eleonor says:

      Sometimes I go out without a bra (mostly in the summer), is that a valid reason for men coming to me asking for a kiss ?
      So it’s the same for him.

    • tracking says:

      I think it’s more that they’re conflating him with Don Draper, and assuming kissing all the ladies is his bag. He’s not wrong about it being stupid, inconsiderate behavior.

    • sputnik says:

      that’s rape apologist logic. look at what he was wearing, he’s asking for it. gross.

  14. Jegede says:

    But was he not in the A Team movie and Sucker Punch? Y’know those kinds of movies

  15. Angie says:

    Aww…beautiful to see so much self love! You da best, and you 20 pound package is da best too!!! LOL

  16. Lilacflowers says:

    I really never know what to think of this guy. That sounds like a very sad family story so I want to like him. He was here in Boston for a big chunk of time last fall when Jennifer Westfeldt was performing in a play here and he attended many of her performances as well as quite a few public events (Red Sox World Series games and Patriots games and some concerts) and there was a very positive buzz about him being really nice to people, so I want to like him for that too. But THEN, this shade at Ryan Reynolds and self-buildup is unnecessary and actually mean and Million Dollar Arm IS the type of film he wants to do? That makes me not want to like him.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I was very surprise he was in that movie.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I have heard very good things about him, he is supposedly very kind.

      I thought the story about him and Amy Poehler was really cute too:

      “Jon Hamm was hosting Saturday Night Live, his first time, and I was just getting to know him, and we were doing a sketch, a Mad Men sketch, I was dressed in an old-timey way, in a big dress, and I was huge. And I had, my plan was that I was gonna do the Jon Hamm show and I was due the next day. And it was an example of the beginning of what children do to you, which is they fuck up all your plans. So I remember saying to my doctor, Dr. G, ‘I’m gonna do the show and I’ll come in Sunday, and maybe we’ll do it Sunday/Monday.’

      I did the sketch, I was shooting with Hamm on Friday, and I called my doctor ’cause at the end there you kind of have to call in every day, and the receptionist was crying. I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and she said, ‘Oh, he passed away last night.’

      I was due the next day. So it’s my first kid, I’m in a Mad Men outfit, I turn to everybody and I hysterically start crying, and a really pregnant woman crying is terrifying. So, juicy tears just like squirting out of my eyes. And it was like the punch line to a joke, it’s like, my doctor just died and I’m due tomorrow. And Jon Hamm, who I am just getting to know, comes over and puts his hands on my shoulder and is like, ‘This is a really important show for me. I’m gonna need you to get your shit together.’ And I laughed so hard, I probably peed myself – I believe that going through crying to laughing adds like five years to your life.”

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Haha…that’s such a funny (but kind of sad too!) story.

        I think Hamm just has a particular brand of humor that not everyone relates to. To me, him saying something like that is hilarious and I’m sure he was just trying to cheer Amy up. But I could see how other people would read that and think he was being a d*ck.

        Eh. I just like The Hamm, what can I say?

      • Chris says:

        Yep, I think his type of dry humour….and sometimes absurdist too…..often goes right over some people’s heads…..or under their radar maybe, as I’m not trying to say it’s about intelligence.
        (Jolly good job Facebook is pondering a ‘satire’ alert for the gullible/humourless, eh??)

    • Myriam says:

      What shade? Please tell me where’s the shade? From the link of another article paraphrasing the interview, he was asked a general question about the “Superhero movies” genre and responded to THAT. Not the movie itself, not Ryan Reynolds (he doesn’t even say the name). I believe his intention was to state that that genre is not appealing to him, using a real-life example. Could he have just said, “I’ve been offered and it wasn’t my thing”? Sure, but I don’t believe his words are intended to shade Ryan Reynolds. Maybe shade the Superhero movie genre as a whole, but not Reynolds. And quite honestly, if any celebrity says “The Green Lantern” sucked, it’s going to be called out as “shade” being thrown at Reynolds. Ask Affleck.

  17. I Choose Me says:

    I hesitate to call him a douche. He does come off a bit prickly but maybe he just doesn’t come off well in print.

    I’m hoping that his story about being approached for a kiss while his girlfriend is right next to him is an exaggeration. People can’t be that clueless and thirsty for celebrity affection, can they?

    • Mom2two says:

      I went to a Tim Mc Graw/Faith Hill concert years ago and while Faith was not on stage at the time, women were throwing their panties at Tim. So I definitely believe something like this would happen to Jon Hamm.

    • cr says:

      Oh, yes they can. While I think most ‘fans’ don’t do that, I don’t think it’s that uncommon to have super aggressive fans like that, for any type of celeb.

  18. eliza says:

    I am not a fan of Hamm or his acting. He is one note: Don Draper .Once Mad Men is over I am pretty sure nothing much is going to be coming his way as far as big roles except maybe in movies his frozen faced girlfriend directs.

    He will be begging for roles like Green Lantern pretty soon.

  19. thedarklady says:

    So sad to read that about his parents. I did not know that about him.
    He always comes across as a cranky old guy with little tolerance for much. His constant shading of others seems unprofessional too but I guess it makes it fun for us.

  20. Allie says:

    I just don’t believe that women continuously ask him for a kiss. I feel like that happened once in the past few years and he just ran with it. He just seems like he thinks he better than all of it. All of us.

    • thedarklady says:


    • suziekew says:

      I agree Allie. That entire story sounded a bit exaggerated and was only said to pump up his own ego. Jon gives me the suave and slimy vibes and not to mention he comes off as a grumpy older man than he actually is.

  21. Jen says:

    Honestly he sounds like a grumpy, whiny old man. wtf Jon Hamm, stop being so uptight.

  22. Lydia says:

    One bland actor insulting another. Next.

    I highly doubt his post-MM career will be worth anything.

  23. Bubulle says:

    He sounds so stuck up, wow he passed on green lantern it’s not like he has an impressive career regardless. Seriously he is 43 and Mad Men has only one season to go he should be thankful to be considered for anything.

  24. original kay says:

    His comments about Matthew are crass.

    It’s low class to name an actor like that. I don’t care about his personal tragedies. He does not need to name names and put others down, under the guise of pumping them up.


  25. jj says:

    He’s only 43 really? I would’ve pegged him to be a lot closer to 50!

  26. aenflex says:

    I agree it’s a bit unprofessional. But Hamm is a much better actor than Reynolds, and anyone who has paid attention knows it, I’m sure including Reynolds himself.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I disagree completely. Hamm is a solid actor, loved him in The Town but Ryan Reynolds is a lot more nuanced than people give him credit for. Buried and the Nines are just two movies that show Ryan’s acting range.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Reynolds was really great in Buried–a very underrated performance.

      • Kori says:

        I like Ryan Reynolds myself and don’t get some of the hate thrown his way. He’s not one of my favorites but I like him well enough. I think he has a nice, light touch on screen–he’s relaxed and natural. And he was VERY good in Buried. There are tons of actors who really stink up the joint–I don’t think he’s one of them. He may never win an Oscar but that doesn’t mean he’s not talented in his own way.

  27. Angie says:

    Jon, you turned green lantern down but you did the
    horrible Sucker Punch… So you should stay quiet darling. XD

  28. ToodySezHey says:

    Why is it crass to say what he said about Mchonnehey when It’s true and I’m pretty sure even Matthew would have agreed?!

    And if they asked him about GL, or movies that people didn’t know he was offered, he supposed to say??

  29. Josefa says:

    So… he doesn’t really strike me as a douche at all? “Oscar Winner Matthew McCounaghey” were 4 words that sounded absolutely ridiculous if you consider he has starred in several of the most awful romcoms that have ever existed. He’s just saying what most of us thought, I wouldn’t say he’s shading him at all. Same with Ryan, really. He didn’t even mention his name. He even said “never say never” so I don’t get an awful snobbish vibe from him.

    And about women approaching him in Central Park… Everytime I see a celeb hunk at some event there’s a group of women displaying the most embarrassing behavior you could imagine. You’d think beliebers and directioners were the only pathetic ones, but no… the sh*t goes on until well in your 40’s for some women. So, yeah. Doesn’t seem at all implausible to me.

  30. Joh says:

    He does not have a superhero body.
    Kind of lumpy and squishy looking…… It would take way too much cgi.
    It’s why he looks good in suits, they are very forgiving

    • Kori says:

      They can always tone up. Robert Downey Jr got in awesome shape for both Sherlock and Iron Man. And Christian Bale normally doesn’t look like Batman. Plus they could always put some Spanx in those superhero outfits. 🙂

      He just seems like an odd choice for a movie like Green Lantern. The character is younger than Hamm ie Ryan Reynolds age. I could see him maybe as a Reed Richards/Fantastic Four character though.

  31. perplexed says:

    He does come across as very blunt, but I do think he’s correct in noting the inappropriateness of people coming up to ask him for a kiss.

  32. kaligula says:

    Do not get the negativity in these comments at all. You guys need to watch and read other interviews he’s done over the years. He is possibly the most consistently self-deprecating, NON-vain/arrogant, truly appreciative of his lucky break celeb interview I have ever seen or read.

    • Jen says:

      Every interview I’ve read of his in the last year or so has been full of him whining and being grumpy and arrogant.

      • kaligula says:

        Maybe you’re biased against him/ starting from a negative perspective for some reason, and filtering what he says through a sense of dislike so it seems unpleasant. Or maybe he just didn’t do a good job at PR’ing himself. Public speaking is really, really hard. It requires a whole different skill set than being an artist or performer. Maybe he’s getting tired of getting asked the same questions over and over.

        I just gotta defend him. I am a fan because he has moved me so deeply with his portrayal of Don Draper. But also, I really think he’s a salt of the earth kind of man. Hollywood may be getting on his nerves…..

  33. lunchcoma says:

    I generally like him and find him smart and grounded, but this was a no no. There’s a reason you don’t go around announcing you passed on a part, and it’s not just because it reflects badly on the person who did take it. There were also a bunch of people who were killing themselves trying to get hired and who felt lousy when they didn’t get the part. As someone who had to work his way into the industry over the course of years, Jon should know how it feels to be on that side of things.

    Also, I don’t know where he gets off being so elitist. Sure, Green Lantern was a good one to avoid, but Jon just did some cheesy kids’ movie. Mad Men won’t last forever, and when it’s over, he’s going to be looking for work like everyone else. I’m going to hope this was just an off day for him.

  34. uma says:

    He did an amazing voice acting in the latest Robin Wright-Ari Folman courageous film criticizing Hollyweird. He and Robin had cartoon sex and since them I want to see them together in real life. But I get also the Ben Foster choice, since bitch likes them intense, talented and young.

  35. Sumodo1 says:

    GQ “shopped” the hell out of the Hamm cover. Elongated his head to weird proportions and nipped in his waist. Gawd.

  36. Francis says:

    Damn he’s Fine, I love watching and listening. Jon Hamm. I could listen to his voice all day, he’s sounds so sexy.

    He is excellent on Mad Men. They picked the perfect Donald Draper.

  37. Camille (The Original) says:

    I’ve never gotten this guys appeal, I don’t find him attractive or that great of an actor (in fact I find him kind of cheesy, unbelievable and forgettable), and this interview just cements my other thoughts about him, that he’s also an arrogant a**hole.

  38. Dwigt says:

    I don’t think Jon Hamm speaks about the “Green Lantern” film. It’s more likely he was asked to be the character in the “Superman v Batman” film, then the Justice League movie that will come next.

    Jon Hamm has already worked with Zack Snyder (on Suckerpunch), so it makes sense Snyder would be interested in casting him again for the all-star effort.