New York Magazine profiles Mad Men womanizer Don Draper – or rather, they profile the man who channels him: Jon Hamm. While many of us already know that Hamm is funny (SNL show-stealer) and manly (he grows a beard in two hours), New York wanted to find out just exactly what Hamm is worth. Word on the street (the side where agent, managers and publicists hang out) is that while Mad Men fans love him, there are still plenty of people who need to discover Hamm. With a handful of film roles coming up, including supporting roles in Ben Affleck’s The Town and Judd Apatow’s Bridesmaids, Hamm’s range and accessibility is growing. While he may not be an overnight leading man, he has Clooney-esque better-with-age sex appeal and good looks that can bide him some time as a long term investment.
Hamm is also a notch more evolved than Draper; he was interviewed and photographed with The Town co-star Rebecca Hall for W Magazine’s August issue, and when asked if he was a man’s man or ladies’ man, Hall responded; “He’s proper manly, like Gregory Peck, old-school.” Hamm added “I think the definition of a man’s man has shifted in recent times to this sort of fratty bro, different from the older version, which was aloof and distant — Gary Copper or Cary Grant or James Bond. Now it’s a little vulgar, kind of lowbrow, adolescent. I’m not that guy. Part of being an adult is treating women like women.” Amen.
Zach Braff spoke with Time Out and revealed what will come after his Off Broadway appearance in Trust, and his upcoming, rewritten Swingles, which he hopes to start directing soon. In the works are another original script (he claims to be “in the midst” of writing) as well as a stage play (now that he lives in New York and is “infatuated by the theater”). His next original film will be in the same oeuvre as 2004’s Garden State, but will not be a sequel. He’s says, “I’m not going to pontificate about the state of twentysomethings or thirtysomethings every time I make a movie.”
Meanwhile, Zachary Quinto dishes on the upcoming Star Trek 2, which he claims probably wouldn’t start filming until next year. [At Comic-Con, Roberto Orci said he and partner Alex Kurtzman are still writing the script.] While promoting Lucid at Comic-Con, Quinto said he will happily return for the sequel with the rest of the cast, even if director J. J. Abrams does not. He trusts Abrams, producer Damon Lindelof and writers Orci and Kurtzman, and will be ready to go when they are: “I would obviously love to see J.J. directing every ‘Star Trek’ movie that I’m ever a part of, but if it’s not the case, I’m sure whoever does will be someone he’s chosen for whatever reason. They know what’s up. I just show up where they tell me to show up and stand on a piece of tape,” he told MTV.