Jon Hamm is ‘amazed’ new movie has taken so long to reach cin­e­mas

Kuwait Times - - Lifestyle -

Jon Hamm is “amazed” it’s taken more than 25 years for ‘Beirut’ to reach cin­ema screens. The 46-year-old ac­tor who stars as a for­mer US diplo­mat dur­ing the Le­banese Civil War in the 80s - has ad­mit­ted to be­ing shock that it’s taken so long for Tony Gil­roy’s script - which was penned in the early 90s - to come to fruition. Asked what at­tracted him to the new es­pi­onage film, Jon said: “I was amazed that no one had made this movie. It’s a won­der­ful story ... the length of time be­tween when it was writ­ten and now has only made it more poignant in a way, and res­onate in a way. We’re still deal­ing with the same stuff.” Jon - who is best known for play­ing Don Draper in the hit TV se­ries ‘ Mad Men’ re­vealed he em­braced his char­ac­ter be­cause of his “hu­man” ap­proach to diplo­macy. And the Hol­ly­wood star ap­pre­ci­ated that the script didn’t hit view­ers “over the head” with its mes­sage. Speakin to Col­lider, Jon ex­plained: “What I liked about it, other than the guys at­tached to it, was that it’s an op­por­tu­nity to play a char­ac­ter who has ev­ery­body’s best in­ter­ests at heart. “It’s like, ‘Let’s move for­ward. If we’re go­ing to sit here and bump heads, we’re just go­ing nowhere. Get peo­ple into a room, deal with them on a hu­man level and try to move for­ward.’ “It’s in­cred­i­bly deftly told - it’s not hit­ting you over the head.”

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