Tone is everything. So maybe I’m not reading this right. Maybe the tone I’m getting out of Jon Hamm in this new interview with Radio Times is all wrong. Maybe you can help me hear it differently. Because I’m hearing it like he’s all kinds of a crabby. And I don’t know if I like my Jon Hamm crabby.
He says he doesn’t participate in social media because he finds it “terrifying”. Also, because having a digital identity is only relevant to the 18-35 year old demographic. And that’s why no one under 20 knows who the f-ck he is.
“Ask anyone under the age of twenty if they have heard of me and they will go ‘no, that guy looks like my dad’. It doesn’t compute to the generation that most of Hollywood cares about, If your last name’s not Hemsworth or you are not in One Direction or you don’t wear a cape and tights for a living, you literally have a hard time making an impression.”
When the journalist follows with whether or not that bothers him, his answer:
“What do you think?”
I don’t actually know.
I mean I guess what he’s trying to say is that he doesn’t care. And he’s proving it by not having a Twitter account. But there’s a different way to say it, you know? Like, I’m not sure he’s getting that point across when he’s namechecking Hemsworths and boybands. Am I mistaken or is there something resentful in that?
It’s the same when he talks about why he was never cast in a superhero movie. Apparently he’s been considered for a few but he decided it wasn’t for him. The rationale:
“The deals that they make you do are so draconian. And, of course, you are signed on for not only the movie that you are signed on for… but at least two more that you haven’t read and you have no idea what they are going to be and all the crossover ones you are going to have to do. For me to sign on now to do a superhero movie would mean I would be working until I am fifty as that particular superhero. It’s a lot of work at one thing which is not necessarily the reason I got into the business which is to do many things. If you want to spend all day pressing the same key that… seems an odd choice."
Um, OK, Don Draper. Seven seasons of Don Draper. That’s kinda what they ask when they sign you on for a TV series too. But hey, bonus points for comparing playing Batman to a data entry job. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it described that way before.
Then again, like I said above, it could just be me. It could just be me f-cking up his tone. You tell me then, is that not his tone?
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