HERE COMES THE MIR­ROR MAN

Jon Hamm re­flects on tech, TV and Twit­ter

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Black mirror -

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!

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