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Matthew Weiner on Jon Hamm’s ‘Mad Men’ Finale Performance: “You Can Write It, But You Can’t Make It Happen”

Don Draper Mad Men

The creator and producer of “Mad Men” made the following case for his show’s cast members to get the honors that they deserve from the Emmys in the latest edition of the Hollywood Reporter:

A big part of drama is creating a tone — and in the scope of Mad Men, with the passage of time and the smallness of the interactions, we have tried to re-create what we think feels like reality. Sure, it’s heightened a little bit. Don Draper has a more interesting life than we do, but he doesn’t have a gun, and he’s not solving crimes. I love those types of stories, but we are operating in a universe that, despite the period, should be more familiar to people in everyday life, and along with that comes an acting style that is based on reserve, politeness, shyness and deception.

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That tone is very challenging, especially for Jon Hamm, who has had to portray that…




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