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Jon Hamm talks 'Mad Men' role, early days in Vanity Fair article

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm attends the season six premiere at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles on March 20, 2013. Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello

Despite "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner's penchant for plot secrecy, he says he's told series star Jon Hamm how the acclaimed show will end next year.

"He knows everything," Weiner says in the June issue of Vanity Fair, in a profile of Hamm. "He's the first, outside the writers' room. I try stuff out on him. When we get stuck in the writers' room, I go down there and have a conversation with him."

Hamm told the magazine that his role as haunted 1960s advertising man Don Draper on the show was "the best job I've ever had and maybe ever will have in my life -- it's so fun to play all of this. It can be relentlessly dark. It can be terribly sexually inappropriate, is a way to say it. But who else gets a chance to do any of that stuff? There's so much there."

Hamm, 43, also spoke about an early TV appearance that recently surfaced online, when he competed as a bachelor on a 1996 episode of "The Big Date." Introduced as "a waiter," he concedes now that, "I was actually at that time working as a set dresser for Cinemax soft-core porn movies," adding, "It was soul-crushing."

Even before that, recalls his friend, actor Paul Rudd, Hamm had dated future actress Sarah Clarke (Nina Myers on "24," Bella Swan's mother in "Twilight"). Clarke's brother was a mutual friend and Rudd was also interested in her.

Rudd told the magazine Hamm "seemed like he was a good-looking, athletic guy who possessed qualities I did not possess. We were playing Trivial Pursuit in teams. Sarah and I were on one team and Jon and . . . [Clarke's brother] were on the other team. Jon would want to go right to Yellow, which was History, and I was like, 'Oh, great, this guy is smart too.' "


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