I have nothing against Don Draper. In fact, I’m all for him – every dashing, creative, controlling, drinking, smoking, lying, womanizing inch of him.
Every Sunday night, I bow to Jon Hamm, the guy behind the guy every female fan of Mad Men wants to meet – just for a night. The actor makes charlatan Don (whose real name is, wouldn’t you know it, Dick) irresistible to women. He’s the Christian Grey of the 60s. Someone you wouldn’t mind running into in a dimly lit restaurant or a hotel room or even a back alley, but definitely not someone you’d ever introduce to your teenage daughter.
Let’s start with the fact that the actor is famous for playing a deeply damaged man who has a hell of a time controlling his addictions and his libido, just like so many teenagers do. Second, he’s not exactly a teen idol. My kids couldn’t pick the guy out of a lineup.
When asked questions such as Is it gross if a girl accidentally farts in front of her significant other? (Really? Someone asked that?), Hamm does a fair job of answering (Um, yeah). Yet there’s still something creepy about this scruffy 40-something man, who by the way is nowhere near marriage and has zero interest in becoming a father, talking directly to teen girls everywhere via webcam.
Hooray for Rookie Mag that this video is going viral. At the same time, maybe it could encourage its readers to consider talking to their dads now and then, too. Just a thought.
Oh, and PS, here are 5 questions I’d actually care to hear Jon Hamm answer:
1. How many cigarettes do you have to smoke per episode taping?
2. What did it feel like to be depressed and how did you beat it?
3. Do you like kids, and if so, why don’t you want any?
3. Who’s a better kisser – Betty or Megan – and why?
4. When are you going to get it on with Joan already?