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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 28, 2009 at 9:59 AM

“Mad Man” Jon Hamm on the big screen

I’ve been watching reruns of the second season of “Mad Men” these days (available for free on the on-demand cable, if you have Comcast), in breathless anticipation of Season 3’s debut on August 16. I don’t watch a lot of television — the movies and books keep me too busy — but I can’t imagine there are many shows better than this one. The elegance of the camera work (this show would look beautiful on a movie-theater screen), the subtlety and intelligence of the writing, the skill of the actors, the look back at an era already foreign — well, I can’t look away, even on the second time through. And I’m appreciating even more, this time, the work of Jon Hamm as the show’s central figure (it doesn’t seem quite right to call him its hero): mysterious ad man Don Draper.
Don is a character of remarkable complexity: a man who genuinely loves his wife yet seems unable to be faithful to her; who has a secret past that he’s kept remarkably compartmentalized; whose gift for capitalizing on emotion and sentiment in advertising campaigns doesn’t translate to his real life; who knows the power of words yet uses remarkably few of them. Hamm, an actor I’d never noticed before “Mad Men,” seems born for the role; understanding that Don’s silences are often more telling than his words, and that the man’s flawless good looks (has anyone ever looked better in ’60s business attire?) are part of his arsenal. The character — and the performance — gets richer with every episode.
So I was pleased to read today in Variety that Hamm’s got some movie work coming up. He’ll star, opposite Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall, in “The Town,” an adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel about a bank robber in love with a teller. Hamm will play the FBI agent — who also falls for the teller. He’s also finished work on “Howl,” about the obscentiy trial of Allen Ginsberg, due in theaters next year. More Hamm, please.

“The way you wear your hat . . . ” (Photo courtesy of AMC)

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