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Jon Hamm Talks Social Media, the Sony Hack, and Why He's Not a Superhero

By Cindy Davis | Celebrity | December 15, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Celebrity | December 15, 2014 |

Good looks aside, there’s one thing Jon Hamm and his alter ego Don Draper have in common; they both like to share their brutally honest opinions. Where it often works against Draper, it’s part of what makes Hamm so charming. Sure, he can sometimes seem a little cocky (*wink*), but there’s a down-to-earth quality about Hamm — a self-deprecating humor that fosters our continued crush. It’s also pretty interesting to get the male perspective on aging in Hollywood. We’re so attuned to actresses who talk about what it’s like for women over a certain age, but we haven’t heard much from the male contingent.

Speaking to Radio Times about his upcoming (Tuesday) Black Mirror debut, Hamm talked about his own social media fears, and his lack of relevance.

“[Social media is] terrifying. It’s partly why I don’t have any presence on social networking. Being an actor in the public eye and a quasi-celebrity is weird enough without giving everything up to everyone else.

Social media is part of the social fabric. It’s woven in. To not participate in it is to not participate in society, to become a weird sort of hermit. People look at you like you belong in a cabin in the woods and you are not part of the society.

Other than being old and irrelevant in the current media landscape I don’t think about technology.”

Why he made “the right decision” not to take any of “quite a few” superhero roles he’s been offered:

“The deals that they make you do are so draconian. And, of course, you are signed on for not only the movie that you are signed on for… but at least two more that you haven’t read and you have no idea what they are going to be and all the crossover ones you are going to have to do.

For me to sign on now to do a superhero movie would mean I would be working until I am fifty as that particular superhero. It’s a lot of work at one thing which is not necessarily the reason I got into the business which is to do many things. If you want to spend all day pressing the same key that… seems an odd choice.”

On age, and what’s really important to the entertainment industry:

“Ask anyone under the age of twenty if they have heard of me and they will go ‘no, that guy looks like my dad’. It doesn’t compute to the generation that most of Hollywood cares about, If your last name’s not Hemsworth or you are not in One Direction or you don’t wear a cape and tights for a living, you literally have a hard time making an impression.

The 18-to-34-year-old [consumer] is the only demographic that the world, the world of entertainment…consider relevant.”

It’s easy to imagine Hamm’s expression when answering this question:

“Does that “annoy you?”

“What do you think?”


On the Sony hack and knowing he could be in the next email reveal:

“This could not have happened ten years ago, literally, and it will keep happening.

I have had meetings at Sony [and if] someone wanted to look hard enough… there’s probably s****y things studio executives have said about [me]. I am just not famous enough for it to go on Gawker.”

Well, maybe you’ll luck out, Jon. Seems Sony’s attorneys are running around town trying to threaten media outlets into not reporting on further leaks and reveals. Good luck with that.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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