Jon Hamm Plays A Businessman With Heart In Million Dollar Arm
Despite being one of the most acclaimed television actors of the last five years, Jon Hamm has yet to make a splash on the big screen. But with Mad Men coming to a close this season, that might change; and this week, Disney released the first trailer for Million Dollar Arm, starring Hamm as a down-on-his-luck sports agent who comes up with an unorthodox recruiting idea.
Amazingly, while Hamm has been very busy on TV and with voice work, this appears to be his first major lead role in a feature film. He has had several supporting roles in big budget films as well as indies (The Town, Bridesmaids, Howl). Also, Hamm starred in 2010′s Stolen (sometimes credited as Stolen Lives), which played in just two theaters in the US, grossing less than $8,000 while receiving mediocre reviews.
Here, Hamm appears to playing almost the polar opposite of his on screen persona Don Draper from Mad Men. Sure, they’re both womanizing businessmen who look good in suits- but Arms‘ JB Bernstein appears to have a conscience and some inherent paternal affection. And Bernstein’s multicultural interactions seem more welcoming and open-minded than Don Draper’s references to “you people.” Also, you can rest assured that the presence of an attractive and down-to-Earth neighbor (Lake Bell)- plus the presence of the Disney logo at the beginning of trailer- will guarantee a happy ending.
What do you think of the first look at Million Dollar Arm?