While Jon Hamm may be back on TV portraying his iconic ad man Don Draper on the final season of Mad Men, he also stars in yet another sports movie arriving in theaters this year… only, if you ask Hamm, it isn’t really a sports movie.
Along with producers Joe Roth and Gordon Gray and co-stars Lake Bell and Rinku Singh, Hamm participated in a press junket for their upcoming film Million Dollar Arm.
“It’s just this incredibly uplifting story about thinking outside the box and really following through with something and working hard and succeeding. It’s about 180 degrees from Don Draper, this character that I play but it’s affirming and it’s uplifting and it’s heartwarming and it’s emotional and it’s not a ‘sports’ movie so much as it’s a movie that movies you,” Hamm said.
The film is based on an incredible true story of a sports agent who recruits a couple of Indian cricket players to play in Major League Baseball.
“It used to be… when you got out of a movie you felt something and you were either emotional or you wanted to be a better person. This is that kind of movie and it’s a pleasure to be a part of,” Hamm said.
Indeed, the entire panel echoed the same sentiments, including one exchange between Bell and Hamm about ‘one weird boob.’
Bell had mentioned that what made her proud about the film was that “there’s not one family member that you would not recommend to see” the movie. She alluded to awkward moments with her father where she would have to warn him, “don’t see this because there’s a weird boob moment,” to which Hamm responded, “Are you talking about my work or yours? I have one weird boob. The left one.”
The conversation would turn to focus on the two Indian cricket players that are at the center of the movie. Singh, who is portrayed by Life of Pi‘s Suraj Sharma said, “I’m very lucky to have a man like him to play in my role.” Singh expressed gratitude and said he was still “living the dream.”
Hamm said that he identified quickly with his sports agent character drawing a comparison with his life as an actor. “You have to project this confidence, you have to project this sort of charisma and then it falls apart. That’s every audition I’ve ever been on for the first three years of my career in Los Angeles. You walk in the room, you’re like, ‘This is going to be great! I’m the best guy and you love me and we love –’ no it’s not working? Okay, bye.”
Hamm will be hitting the audition circuit again soon as Mad Men counts down its final episodes and The Minions arrives in theaters next year. Meanwhile, you can catch him in Million Dollar Arm in theaters May 16.