Saturday, May 18, 2024

Exclusive: John Slattery of “Mad Men” Fame Joining “Veep” as Wall Street Mogul


Exclusive: John Slattery, forever Roger Sterling of “Man Men” fame, is coming back to TV. He tells me he’s joining “Veep,” playing Julia Louis Dreyfus’ possible romantic interest. His character is a Wall Street mogul like JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon.

Slattery will be at the Emmys next Sunday to cheer on castmates Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and Christina Hendricks as well as show creator Matt Weiner. What I don’t understand is that Slattery isn’t nominated for his work as Roger. He was easily beyond anyone else on TV in a supporting role.

Slattery — who’s in the cast of the new movie “Spotlight,” premiering Monday night in Toronto– did joke with me about the Emmys. “I was doing my own comedy and they [Mad Men] were doing a drama.”

Roger Sterling was the quippiest, smartest character on TV. Slattery delivered him like Cary Grant in “The Philadelphia Story.” Imagine what he’ll do with JLD on “Veep.” The mind reels!

Roger Friedman
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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