OnlyOnAOL: So about that time Jon Hamm met Wonder Woman
By: Donna Freydkin
Yes, he embodied brooding, polarizing advertising genius and con man Don Draper for seven seasons on "Mad Men."
But in our minds, Jon Hamm remains equally beloved as greased-up, ponytailed, shirtless sax player Sergio from those "Saturday Night Live" shorts.
And now, the actor gets to show his lighter side again in the comedy "Keeping Up with the Joneses," with Hamm and Gal Gadot playing undercover operatives masquerading as your average gorgeous suburbanites who become entangled with another couple (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher).
"I had not met Gal before we started the movie. On day one, when we had a read-through, this person came up to me and asked how I was doing. I thought she was PA or something. 'I'm your wife.' I'm so sorry! It just didn't register," says Hamm. "I was like, 'Whoa.' She's so lovely."
Plus, he says, "She's such a hard worker. After we wrapped this movie, in June of 2015, she literally flew from Atlanta to London and started working on 'Wonder Woman' and right after that did 'Justice League.' And she's got a baby and a husband and a life. Oh my god."
The whole cast, says Hamm, had a "nice easy chemistry." He'd done "Between Two Ferns" with Galifianakis and had known the comedian for 15 years. But it was the "Joneses" script that sold him on the film.
"It's a fun movie. That's what the attraction was. It's nice to do something that's not so heavy. It's a PG-13 movie. There's nothing objectionable in it," he says. "It seems like comedy has gone in such a weird way where it has to be so – I sound like an old man, but vulgar. And I've participated in those and I like those, but I like that there's another side as well."
Hamm wrapped "Mad Men" with the May 2015 season finale, which featured Don Draper smiling, seated in the lotus position at an oceanfront retreat. He won a Golden Globe and Emmy for playing the perplexing, self-destructive serial cheater. But the dude has major comedic chops.
"I'm funny-adjacent," says Hamm.