- Posted June 8, 2014 by
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The Magnificent World of Don Draper
It really has been quite the year for the very smooth Jon Hamm, who has been all over the place in 2014. He has appeared on a myriad of magazine covers, Vanity Fair’s June issue being a particular favourite, and appeared on several talk shows and has even been made into a waxwork at Madame Tussaud’s in New York! He truly has been awesome as Don Draper on the final season of Mad Men and we can now see him in the lead in Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” a family drama about baseball that focuses on a real-life sports agent, J.B. Bernstein, and the title reality show competition he helped create in India.
The hit Television series MAD MEN, set in the late 1950s and the 1960s, is the story of a Manhattan-based advertising agency. Driven by sex, money and power, the series takes us on an amazing ride into a period of rapid social change in the United States, indeed the world. At the center of this is the show’s main character, the very dashing and magnetic Don Draper. Played exquisitely by Jon Hamm, Draper seems to have it all: the exciting career, the beautiful wife, the gorgeous children, the lavish home and the luxury car. On just about every level, the show’s protagonist is a jaw-dropping example of what so many men try and often fail do to be.
From the outset we can begin to see why Don Draper has captured the hearts of so many viewers. Draper is not only cool and kempt, but professionally esteemed and upwardly mobile. In this our recessionary age, when record numbers of men and women are losing their jobs and, as a result, identities as breadwinning heads of households, Draper’s buying power and financial security make him a particularly attractive male character.
A lot of people have admitted that Don Draper represents just about everything they want in a man: not only is he tall, dark and handsome, but he is commanding, enterprising and always superbly in control. There is, of course, an allure associated with being able to drink and smoke with abandon, womanize with impunity and rule over everyone while being ruled by no one. In spite of the character being a chain-smoker and a depressive introvert, people are still known to say - “I know. I don’t care. I still want to be him.”
While they share the same anxieties about career uncertainties and what the future holds, there are a few things that separate Jon Hamm from his womanizing TV alter-ego. Most importantly Jon Hamm is strictly a one-woman man, having been involved in a long-term relationship with actress Jennifer Westfeldt since 1997. Additionally, he doesn’t smoke, having quit for good at age 24, Jon Hamm only smokes cigarettes of the herbal variety while filming Mad Men.
It would be quite an understatement to say Jon Hamm is also proud of Mad Men. The acclaimed series put him on the map as a leading man, but his tenure as Don Draper will come to an end in early July 2014 when production on the final season of “Mad Men” wraps. (Those final episodes will not air until 2015).
“It really has been a big, big, big part of my life. I’ve got a lot of good friends in the cast and crew. It’s going to be tricky to see it end” Hamm said of the show’s final episodes. “I’m not going to say I wish it wouldn’t end, because everything has to end, but it is what it is. We’re going to have an emotional journey once we wrap it up. We’ll walk away and lock the door.”
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