HERE COMES THE MIRROR MAN
Jon Hamm reflects on tech, TV and Twitter
What attracted you to Black Mirror in the first place?
Bill Hader, a friend of mine from Saturday Night Live, was an early adopter of the series and told me about it, and I watched it immediately, in order, in about 36 hours. I was taken with how audacious and original it was. It’s unlike anything else on television, certainly in the US. And I think this [ episode] carries on that tradition. It’s the best script I’ve read in quite some time, and I got incredibly lucky to be asked to be a part of it.
You’ve forayed into British TV before with Young Doctor’s Notebook. Do you feel drawn to this kind of television?
I’ve been a fan of British TV since I can remember. I can think back to being a little kid watching PBS, where you could see re- runs of Monty Python, Blackadder,
Doctor Who... and it was great. It was identifiable, approachable, but very different. And that has informed what I do in a post Mad
Men- landscape when there’s more opportunity to do things. Because if you just wanna do the same thing over and over again, choosing to be an actor is a curious choice. It’s fun to be doing different things and be part of different cultures. I have a blast over here.
Black Mirror concerns technology and the internet. What’s your own relationship with it?
I have no web presence whatsoever. I missed that train, and I don’t plan on catching it any time soon. It’s a conscious giving up of privacy, which I don’t understand. It’s weird enough go on stage in front of a camera and say, “This is me”. And the weirdest part of it now is that you’re expected to post private things on Twitter. I think I’m a generation too late for it, and thank God!