Mad Men fans were shocked when they learned that star Jon Hamm had quietly completed a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse. Now that the news has circulated, we’re getting more details on how Hamm is doing after his rehab stint.
According to E!, Hamm has had a lot of support going into this from his partner, Jennifer Westfeldt. “With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward.”
Despite having to battle demons, he’s been “much happier” since completing his stint in rehab. “He’s doing well now and appears to be much happier.”
This is good news, considering friends close to the actor were worried and very much aware of his troubles. “People around him have known for a while about his problem with alcohol. In the last few years, he has seemed sad.”
Back in 2008, there were hints that something was wrong with Hamm. In an interview with the Guardian, Hamm revealed, “I’ve gotten away with a lot in my life. The older you get the more you realize you’re not getting away with it, it’s taking its toll somewhere. So you try not to put yourself in those situations.”
He continued, “I appreciate alcohol. I love the place that alcohol holds in our society, but I’d never attempt to drink as much as Draper.”
According to Deadline, Hamm’s recent stint will not impact the promotional campaign for the last season of Mad Men, citing a few promotional stops he’s made in New York City.
“Hamm has been working hard, joining the rest of the cast and creator Matt Weiner for a slew of engagements and photo ops in New York for the past week, including screenings at Museum of Modern Art and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, an interview on NBC’s Today, an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image and an unveiling of a Mad Men bench.”
Deadline asserts that perhaps the role of Don Draper was too demanding on Hamm. “It also raises the question about the toll of playing an anti-hero. James Gandolfini had talked about the difficulties portraying Tony Soprano, having to go back to a dark and unredeemable character year after year with the intensity such a complex man requires. That intensity had been linked to Gandolfini’s documented drug and alcohol problems.”
What do you think?
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