Bryan Cranston Gave Jon Hamm Advice for Saying Goodbye to 'Mad Men'

by Jackie Willis 6:27 AM PDT, March 23, 2015
Photo: GQ Magazine

Don Draper is soliciting the guidance of Walter White!

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Jon Hamm reveals that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston gave him some advice on how to deal with Mad Men coming to an end, and saying goodbye to his character after seven seasons.

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If anyone can relate, it's Cranston, who ended Breaking Bad with a bang after five seasons. "It's hard, man. It's hard to let it go," Cranston told Hamm. "It'll hit you a couple of different ways at different times."

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While it's never easy to say goodbye, Hamm's longtime partner Jessica Westfeldt tells the men's magazine that she thinks the role of Don Draper has taken a toll on her boyfriend. "It's a confusing juxtaposition," she confessed. "I think the darkness of Don has weighed heavily on Jon, despite it being the role of a lifetime and the opportunity that gave him the career of his dreams."

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The 44-year-old actor also admits that his role on Mad Men has been draining. "You're kind of hoping for redemption, and it’s not forthcoming," he said of working on the AMC show. "To consistently come in and be the bummer was always like, 'Oh, that's not fun.' But at the same time, it's been like the greatest obstacle course in the world. A puzzle to figure out."

While taking on the brooding Don Draper wasn't easy, Hamm likes to keep things in perspective. "Whenever people want to talk about how hard it is to be an actor, I want to go, 'Um, it's hard to be a baby-heart surgeon,'" he quipped. "Being an actor is actually pretty easy, if you can memorize lines."

Mad Men kicks off its final season Sunday, April 5 on AMC. 

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