Jon Hamm Blasts Justin Bieber, Talks ‘Mad Men’ in Men’s Fitness Interview

April 20, 2014

Jon Hamm talks about Justin Bieber’s fame and downward spiral as well as the iconic AMC series ‘Mad Men’ which brought him his own fame as Don Draper and much more in a revealing Men’s Fitness‘ cover story.

The 43-year-old Jon Hamm will soon be seen in the movie ‘Million Dollar Arm,’ a baseball drama from Disney, as he makes that transition from playing the 1960s ad man Don Draper, a character who has infused our pop culture, to the big screen.

In the ‘Men’s Fitness’ May cover story, entitled, A League of His Own, he opens up on a range of topics and becomes just the latest public figure to weigh in Justin Bieber who has, sadly, gone from genuinely talented teen pop music superstar and heartthrob to a 20-year-old whose life is defined by his legal entanglements in various jurisdictions and his tabloid-worthy unruly conduct.

He said of him, “Look at Bieber or whoever. You’re like, ‘What the f–k, man? What are you doing? Why?’ There’s no one telling those people no, and it’s a shame.”

He also expressed concern as he noted that celebrities such a Justin Bieber are in need of “a mom or a dad or a really good friend who can say, ‘Hey, sh-*head!’ You see people in the world and you’re like, ‘Do you know how a washing machine works? Do you know how to wash a dish? Life skills are something we’re missing.”

He added, “There used to be a class that kids had to take in high school called home economics, which was cooking and sewing and just s–t you needed to learn in life.”

He also spoke of what he termed a “weird backlash” against success, saying, ““It’s this Sarah Palin kind of conversation where they’re like, ‘Oh, the elites…It’s become a thing to just aspire to be a regular person. No, actually, you should desire to be better.”

And as his movie, ‘Million Dollar Arm,’ sees him portraying the titular pitcher, he weighs in on America’s pastime as well, and shared a few words about playing catcher in a “secret” baseball league with fellow Hollywood stars including Casey Affleck with the games being “always somewhere way the f— out in the Valley, and you look around and it’s like, all 11 of us decided to show up here in the morning, hung-over, still drunk, missing kids, pre-church, whatever.’

As for his other sports of choice, like playing catcher, he notes they carry some risks. “I snowboard and ski and do all kinds of stupid s–t. But I also don’t go crazy. When I ski, I’ll go into the moguls and immediately think, ‘Oh, yeah, there’s a reason I don’t do this.’”

He also shared his thoughts on how the final season of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ will be strung out over the course of two years, saying he would prefer the episodes were shown without such a huge time gap and noting that “as a fan” it’s what he would prefer. “[I]’s funny that that’s become the de rigueur way to do a last anything, whether it’s Twilight or Hunger Games or Breaking Bad or whatever. You realize it has nothing to do with artistic merit. It’s because of money.”

The Men’s Fitness cover and photos can be seen here.

As is always the case, when an actor moves away from the iconic character that made him a star, the acting career of Jon Hamm will be closely watched, with ‘Million Dollar Arm’ perhaps as a proving ground. As one who achieved fame in his late 30s at least he has had the maturity and emotional balance that’s needed for such a transition which, as he alludes in the interview, is sometimes tragically lacking in child stars and young adults.

Pictures: PR Photos

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