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Hamm: I'm not afraid of hard work

Jon Hamm has revealed he likes to challenge himself by acting alongside people who are better than himself.

The 43-year-old actor - who has just finished starring as Don Draper in Mad Men after eight years of the award-winning TV show - is keen to take on different roles and try different genres.

Jon said: "I definitely work hard. I don't think anybody who achieves even a modicum of success hasn't worked for it. Luck only gets you so far and then generally, when that luck fades, it fades rapidly, so hard work tends to take over."

The actor said he is also willing to learn from his co-stars.

"I want to work with people who are better than me," he revealed.

"I use a golf analogy, because if you ever play golf with people that suck at golf, you tend to play bad golf.

"When you play with people who are really good, you often rise to the occasion. You might not play at pro level but you tend to play a little better. That's what I would like to do. I'd like to work with people who I find challenging and intimidating, and who are better than me.

"Acting certainly isn't lead mining. It's not the hardest job in the world physically, but it does require focus, attention and concentration. When you do all that, you can make people feel something and inspire them in some way... And I feel like sometimes I can do that."

The Bridesmaids star's latest film Million Dollar Arm sees him play sports agent JB Bernstein in the biographical sports drama, who introduces two Indian cricket players - Rinku and Dinesh Patel to the world of American baseball.

Jon admitted he'd like to do more family films.

He said: "It's nice to be able to have the option, honestly. I don't think anybody would look at Don Draper and think this is a natural fit for a Disney movie. But it is nice to be able to work on a film that has a really positive family friendly message. I hope a lot of my friend's kids aren't watching Mad Men, but I'd love for them to see this film.

"It would be the easiest thing in the world to do the same thing over and over again. And in many ways that's what Hollywood tends to do is see you as one thing and make you do that repeatedly because they know that it works. But the exciting thing is to be able to do different things."

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