It’s difficult to imagine that AMC had anyone but Jon Hamm in mind to play Don Draper/Dick Whitman on Mad Men, but this revelation comes from the show’s star himself. On Marc Maron‘s WTF Podcast (about 41 minutes in), Jon divulged that Mad Men was his big break, and it almost didn’t go to him:
“I started, literally, on the very, very bottom—I couldn’t have had less heat on me. Nobody knew who I was. The casting directors didn’t know who I was. I wasn’t on anybody’s lists. … The funny thing was, I think they went to Thomas Jane for it, and they were told that Thomas Jane does not do television. Now starring in Hung, by the way.”
Don’t worry, Jon—you definitely got the better show!