BlogtorWho listens to the fifth episode of David Tennant’s new podcast series, David Tennant does a podcast with…John Hamm

I have to confess that prior to listening to David Tennant does a podcast with John Hamm my knowledge of John Hamm the person was nothing. Zilch. I didn’t know anything about him apart from his acting roles. Now, after listening to this podcast, I want to read whole books about the man. Let me tell you if you didn’t already know, John Hamm is fascinating.

Hamm grew up in the 1970s in a suburb of St Louis, Missouri in a single-parent household. He recalls running about a lot with his friends and not having anything in particular to worry about. Then his world crashed around him following the relatively sudden death of his mother from colon cancer when Hamm was just nine years old.

Hamm has great insight into the effect losing his mother had on him and tells how it took a long time to come to terms with losing her.

Hamm’s rise to fame was a long, slow road, which he reflects on with both understanding and humour. He tells of a million auditions where he lost jobs to people like Bradley Cooper, Heath Ledger – “I wondered who’d hire an Australian!” – and even Jon Favreau.

The path to Mad Men was equally long and torturous and the show’s success was far from certain. Hamm had to start at the very bottom and went through seven or eight auditions before being cast as Don Draper. He knew the show had a great script, but it was shown on a network no-one had heard of.  Even when Mad Men was a huge critical success, Hamm wasn’t instantly recognisable.

Hamm is obviously proud of his portrayal of Draper who he sees as perfectly set along the spectrum from good to bad along with other iconic characters such as Walter White and Tony Soprano.

Hamm clearly appreciates his good fortune in now being in a position to take jobs so that he can work with people he admires; to do jobs because they are challenging or scary, or just plain fun! He talks affectionately about working on Ab Fab, Good Omens and Baby Driver because they were made by people whose work he respects.

David Tennant does a podcast with John Hamm is completely enthralling and one to go and listen to straight away if you haven’t already.

David Tennant does a podcast with… is created in association with Somethin’ Else and No Mystery Productions. Furture episodes will feature David Tennant in conversation with a list of guest including Krysten Ritter, Michael Sheen, Samantha Bee and Gordon Brown.

You can subscribe to David Tennant Does a Podcast with… on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts from. You can also follow the podcast’s new social media accounts.

 

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