Will Jon Hamm, who has created the Don Draper character of "Mad Men," be able to take on other kinds of roles. Vanity Fair will deal with that weighty matter on May 8th in its digital edition. Here is a preview.
My hunch is that he is, like Marlon Brando, versatile enough to depict other kinds of human beings than just a tormented alcoholic, struggling daily with self hate. In fact, I could envision him hosting a late-night talk show where he piles on the wit.
From what I have read of his background, the guy is wounded. But few of us aren't. He has been able to transmit that gaping hole in him through his eyes on "Mad Men." However, we all know that great comedy emerges from great suffering. Charlie Chaplin had a difficult childhood.
Hamm likely has plenty of offers for any number of kinds of roles. I wonder if he has become weary of sad-sack, self-destructive Draper. Getting drunk his first day back in the office was so typically alcoholic. Maybe Hamm can portray a mystic like Buddha in a comedy about how eastern religion is taking hold among millionaires in Silicon Valley.