Thursday, May 23, 2024

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm: Will AMC Let Him Be in Larry David’s HBO Film?


Because everyone has short memories, I thought I’d circle back to this scoop from about a month ago. That’s when I reported Larry David’s improv movie, directed by Greg Mottola, was going forward at Fox Searchlight. I told you that Jon Hamm, our beloved Don Draper from “Mad Men,” was set to play his foil in the film–much the way Ted Danson and other have in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Yesterday HBO announced they were doing the film instead of Fox Searchlight. This makes more sense, as Larry has his fan base on HBO. Before this change, Hamm was still in place–even as of last week. If there’s any change, it could be because of Hamm’s “Mad Men” deal. HBO didn’t announce his name. Hamm could have a no-HBO clause in his contract from “Mad Men.”

That would be a shame. It’s not a series, it’s a movie. But if Hamm got an Emmy or Golden Globe nomination for the David movie, it could be awkward for AMC. Let’s hope it works out. Jon Hamm is very funny, with David he’ll be excellent.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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