Jon Hamm’s ‘Mad Men’ Role Was Nearly Portrayed By a Surprisingly Different Actor

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jon Hamm attends the premiere of FOX

Which got here first, the hen or the egg? It’s an age-old philosophical query that may be utilized to so many issues. 

Take AMC’s hit present Mad Men. The drama sequence was an immediate basic. Don Draper, performed by actor Jon Hamm, is as recognizable today as he was when the present first aired in 2007.

Hamm was comparatively unknown earlier than the present, which leaves followers questioning, if it weren’t for Hamm, would Mad Men have been successful? But the enduring function nearly went to a special actor.  

The producers nearly forged Thomas Jane as Don Draper as an alternative of Jon Hamm

It’s exhausting to think about, however Hamm was not the producers’ first option to play Don Draper. Their first alternative was actor Thomas Jane. He’s just like Hamm bodily, so it’s clear the producers had a sort in thoughts for the character. 

Jane turned down the function as a result of apparently on the time he solely acted in motion pictures. Just as a result of Jane declined didn’t imply Hamm had an automated in. He needed to work exhausting to be forged on the present as a result of he was nonetheless so unknown.

Hamm as soon as instructed comic Marc Maron: “I couldn’t have had less heat on me. Nobody knew who I was. The casting directors didn’t know who I was. I wasn’t on anybody’s list.”

Who is Thomas Jane? 

In an fascinating accident, Hamm now has extra title recognition than Jane. Before Mad Men, nevertheless, Jane was the larger star.

Jane was performing completely on the massive display. He’s starred in just a few blockbusters. He performed the a part of the Punisher within the 2004 movie of the identical title. In 2007, when Mad Men first aired, he was centered on his movie profession. 

Jane has been performing because the 1990s. He had elements in numerous 1990s classics, together with Face Off, Boogie Nights, and Deep Blue Sea. Things began to choose up for Jane within the early 2000s. He starred in The Sweetest Thing in 2002 and had the lead function within the 2003 film Stander. 

Jane had high billing in just a few different motion pictures proper earlier than Mad Men. It is smart that Jane wished to maintain his time free to concentrate on his film profession in 2007 because it appeared like he was on the best way to turning into an enormous star. 

While Jane is unquestionably common, ultimately he would determine tv was value his time. He starred within the HBO sequence Hung from 2009 to 2011. It might be that he noticed how an actor can develop a personality over an extended interval, like a tv present, and wished to offer it a strive. Maybe he regretted not taking the a part of Don Draper after seeing how a lot Hamm was in a position to deliver to the character. 

Jon Hamm made a reputation for himself on ‘Mad Men’ 

Jon Hamm attends the premiere of FOX's "Lucy In The Sky" at Darryl Zanuck Theater at FOX Studios on September 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Jon Hamm attends the premiere of FOX’s “Lucy In The Sky” at Darryl Zanuck Theater at FOX Studios on September 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Although Jane might remorse giving up the half, if he hadn’t, there could be no Jon Hamm. Before touchdown the a part of Don Draper he had just a few small roles in TV and movies. His filmography exhibits a variety of one episode jobs, and unnamed characters. Don Draper was the place Hamm proved to everybody what he’s able to. 

After his huge break, Hamm went on to a stellar profession. Mad Men ran by way of 2015, however Hamm leveraged his newfound fame instantly. He took different jobs whereas engaged on the present, in each TV and flicks. Unlike Jane, he appears to take any function that pursuits him, whatever the format.

That means Hamm will tackle something from main film roles to small episode arcs on tv exhibits. No matter what the half, Hamm is at all times a fan favourite. 

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