Jon Hamm has revealed that he was not the first choice to play the role of Don Draper on Mad Men.
The actor explained that he was at the “bottom” of the producers’ list.
“I started, literally, on the very, very bottom,” Hamm revealed on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. “I couldn’t have had less heat on me.”
He said that bosses had originally preferred to hire Hung actor Thomas Jane for the role of Draper.
Hamm continued: “Nobody knew who I was. The casting directors didn’t know who I was. I wasn’t on anybody’s lists. The funny thing was, I think they went to Thomas Jane for it, and they were told that Thomas Jane does not do television.”
The actor added that he was surprised by the show’s success, as AMC had previously not aired programmes of a similar vein.
“Why did Mad Men hit the way it hit? If you look at it, in a vacuum, there’s no way that that show should have been successful,” he said.
“It was on a network that no one had heard of for scripted television, they went there to watch reruns of Die Hard or whatever. And it’s a very think-y show, which is all not necessarily high up on our current cultural needs.”