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Weiner: Hamm helped me find Zach

Matthew Weiner has revealed he has Jon Hamm to thank for helping him cast Zach Galifianakis in his new comedy Are You Here.

The Mad Men creator has made his big screen directing debut with the film starring Zach, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. Are You Here tells the story of two friends who go back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited everything from his estranged father.

Matthew revealed: "I didn't know about him when I started writing the script. He wasn't on the scene. It was actually Jon Hamm who told me about Zach really early on in the process, probably about six years ago and said, 'You have to see this guy, he's a great actor.' And I met Zach and he was so warm and deep."

He added: "One of the amazing things that Zach does in this movie is that he is so funny and has so many great comic moments, and then you realise there is something wrong with his character. As you grow to see that, the character realises that as well and he tries to make a change."

The film is a passion project for The Sopranos co-writer and he began working on the script 12 years before he finally made it into a movie.

Matthew revealed: "I had reached a point in my life where I was happily married but had lost most of my male friendships. My wife was my best friend and is my best friend, but a whole part of my life had disappeared. I started thinking about what holds people together and what that role is of friendship.

"The movie is so personal and meaningful for me. I had to open myself up to the unexpected in a way I never have before."

::Are You Here is available on demand and to download now.

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