While he might not be the superstar that is majorly popular in fan circles, there is no denying the fact that Jon Hamm has left a sizeable chunk of his legacy behind in the entertainment industry, may it be the films in Hollywood or his contributions to the world of TV. Thus, there are a great many people in the world who would instantly recognize the superstar from a mile away.
While the Minions star might’ve had an illustrious career in the recent past, there was a time when he had to struggle to find his place in the business. Thus, his early days consisted of a long time of struggling in the world, where he had to face hardships and failures on a daily. Recently, Hamm recalled an incident where he lost a role to none other than Jon Favreau.
Jon Hamm Lost A Role To Jon Favreau During His Days Of Struggle
The underdog story of Hollywood stars is always something that motivates us to go through life no matter how hard it may seem, and Jon Hamm carries a similar tale of overcoming the odds to reach the heights in the industry where he now is. During his come up as a performer, he had done a lot of jobs that were not as star-studded as his life is now. Along the way, he also lost roles, one of which was snatched up by Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
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In a recent interview with Howard Stern on his podcast, the Mad Men star was able to talk about his life and all that he went through to become one of the best actors in the industry. He revealed his experiences with different people from the industry in different scenarios, even an encounter with Tom Cruise that paved a way for him to be a part of Top Gun: Maverick. He also revealed that he was once replaced by Favreau in Deep Impact. He said:
“I ended up going on a million auditions and not getting any of them, I auditioned for big movies and big TV shows and all of these things, and I still to this day joke with Jon Favreau that he beat me out for a part in ‘Deep Impact.’”
Favreau’s character was named Gus Partenza, who was the astronaut that was sent with the mission of detouring the incoming comet out from direct collision with earth. While Hamm might’ve not been able to get that role, his career had much more to offer him in return.
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Jon Hamm’s Experience In Top Gun: Maverick
While there may have been many memorable roles that have made a place in Hamm’s heart, his recent adventure as Cyclone in the blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick has to be one of the best and most prominent roles in his career. After meeting Tom Cruise a couple of years back, the star remembered that Cruise said he was a big fan of his show Mad Men. Thus, his performance in the show convinced the Mission: Impossible star that Hamm had potential.
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Top Gun: Maverick, now streaming on Paramount+
Source: Howard Stern