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Sunday 29 March 2015

Jon Hamm: I hope I don’t mess up ESPYs

Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm is nervous about flubbing his lines when he hosts the ESPYs for America’s sports network ESPN July 17.

The Mad Men star will emcee the sports awards ceremony for US television network ESPN July 17.

So many people are working on the project he’s feeling the pressure of putting on a perfect show for his colleagues and fans.

“When you’re shooting whether it’s television or film or podcasting, for God’s sake, it’s the culmination of a lot of people’s work and you don’t want to let anybody down,” Jon told Variety.

“The writers tale a long time to write material and the crew puts in a lot of hours… but at the end of the day it comes down to you saying the words and being believable on the day, and you either are or you aren’t,” he explained.

The Emmy-nominated actor said the gig is bringing him back to his nerve-wracking first days on the set of Mad Men.

He recalled the nail-biting experience of nailing the role of Don Draper.

“I remember when I got the pilot for Mad Men, I was thinking ‘This is amazing — this is going to be great’ and then 30 seconds later thinking , ‘Oh my God, I got this pilot,’” Jon mused.

The initial day of shooting wasn’t a pleasant experience.

But when he proved to himself he could take on the character the star said he came into his own.

“I remember my first scene on Mad Men, was me walking into my office, me lighting a cigarette, taking a new shirt out, putting it on, lighting a cigarette… all while saying these lines,” he remembered.

“And I thought, ‘If I can do this, I can get through anything.’”

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