He’s a guy who has made ‘terrible choices’ says the former ‘Mad Men’ star
When EW meets Jon Hamm on the Atlanta set of director Edgar Wright’s new crime thriller Baby Driver (out June 28) the Mad Men star is sporting a temporary neck tattoo which reads “Hers” to play the role of an armed robber named Buddy. The “Her” in question is the character of Darling, Buddy’s literal partner-in-crime, who is portrayed by Eiza González.
“Eiza’s character has one that says ‘His,’” says Hamm. “It’s sort of our little nod to each other. That says it all about my character too. He’s one of those guys that’s probably too old to have tattoos, too old to be dressed the way he does. But he has a very young girlfriend who has convinced him into making terrible choices.”
Those choices include teaming up with a crime boss, played by Kevin Spacey, whose other employees include the titular Baby (Ansel Elgort), a getaway driver stricken with tinnitus who blasts music to drown out the ringing in his ears. This latest movie from Wright, whose previous credits include Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, also stars Jon Bernthal, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, and Flea, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell us about your character.
JON HAMM: Buddy is — crime is his avocation, I guess is the best way to put it. He’s sort of a visitor to the crime world and thinks he has it all dialled-in, and in reality probably isn’t as good as he thinks he is at it. And of course, things tend to go pear-shaped rather quickly and these guys get twisted up into Baby’s world. It’s been fun. It’s been a lot of fun stuff.
Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson are also starring in the ensemble comedy.
Jon Hamm has joined the all-star cast of the New Line comedy Tag.
Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Annabelle Wallis, and Rashida Jones are already on the call sheet for the comedy, which is due to begin shooting in Atlanta later in June.
Tag is based on a true story featured in the Wall Street Journal about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for the last 30 years. Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick penned the script.
Hamm will play an overachiever, both in high school and in life, who is now a successful businessman.
Jeff Tomsic is directing the project, which is being produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen, and Sean Robins.
The movie is slated for a June 29, 2018 release.
Hamm, who won an Emmy for his starring work on Mad Men, next appears on the big-screen in Edgar Wright’s much-buzzed about crime caper, Baby Driver. The movie, which also counts Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx in its cast, opens June 28.
Hamm is repped by CAA, Forward Entertainment, and Sloane Offer.