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'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig Developing Comedy for Jon Hamm

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March 16, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Jon Hamm

Yes, he plays suave, debonair and troubled ad executive Don Draper on "Mad Men," and his appearances in films such as The Town and The Day the Earth Stood Still have all been quite dramatic, but you may not know that actor Jon Hamm really has quite a penchant and gift for comedy. His comedic work on the big screen won't be seen until Bridesmaids (watch the trailer here) hits theaters on May 13th, but the film's director Paul Feig (who also worked on "Freaks and Geeks with Judd Apatow) is already working on a new comedy being crafted specifically for Hamm. He says, "I think he’s so funny. He’s like Cary Grant to me."

Sadly, 24 Frames had no details on the project, but just the concept of Jon Hamm leading a comedy has me absolutely enthralled. If you're one of those film lovers who hasn't bothered to tap into television, than you probably have no ideas about the actor's stellar extended guest appearances on "30 Rock" or his three hosting stints on "Saturday Night Live" but Feig says, "He is such a comedy nerd. He will quote lines from “Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy.” You’re quoting something even I can’t quote! He’s always wanted to do comedy."

If you want to see how talented Hamm is with bringing the funny, I suggest checking out his turn as actor James Mason in this Vincent Price Halloween Special sketch from "SNL" or this Funny or Die video of Hamm as super villain Lex Luthor asking for a bailout. Anyone else like the idea of Jon Hamm doing comedy?

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  • peter
    awesome, ive been a huge fan of hamm's dramatic work but also considered him something of a comedic idol of mine with his work on a variety of podcasts and interviews where he seems to be the star even when hes amogst comedians. he also never takes himself too seriously and im really looking forward to seeing him work with frig, who i consider one of the best contemporary comedic directors
  • Jake
    I like the idea of Jon Hamm doing anything.

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