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.