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Saturday 20 September 2014

Jon Hamm: I might do more TV

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm is happy to go "where the wind blows" him.

The actor has become known for his role as Don Draper in hit '60s-set show Mad Men, which is currently in its seventh and final season.

He's now taking over the big screen in Million Dollar Arm and is also lending his voice to animated Despicable Me spin-off Minions.

However, he's not opposed to signing on to another televised show in the future.

"It would have to be something very specific," he mused to Empire magazine.

"But never say never. What I'm looking for is good stories and good writing. I like to surround myself with people who are better than me and whose work I respect.

"I'd like to work with people who inspire me: David Fincher, Tarantino, Scorsese, the Coen brothers... The list goes on. I don't know. I guess when you break up a family like we have on Mad Men, the wind takes it and you go where the wind blows you."

Jon, 43, is trying to move away from roles too similar to Don, who is a ruthless ladies' man who relies on his looks for success.

He's a realistic about the kind of flicks he'll get offered, but admits he chose to appear 2011 comedy Bridesmaids because it felt refreshing. In the flick he played Ted, Kristen Wiig's unreliable onscreen lover.

"Obviously I get offered a certain kind of role because I look a certain way; I'm never going to play Malcolm X," he quipped.

"But if I get ten scripts, seven of them will be a ladies' man lothario. That's why doing Bridesmaids was an easy choice because it was so over the top, people could separate that character from Don. Well, he was kind of Don ad absurdum."

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