While there are only a few people in the world today that would recognize the show Mad Men, Jon Hamm is the name that many would remember regardless of their knowledge about the show. But the series is why the star is now as successful as it is today and vice versa. But the life of fame and fortune is hard-earned.
Just like many stars in the industry, Hamm’s life was filled with a lot of struggles, disappointments, and hardships to get where he is today. Thus, to sustain himself until he reached his goal, the star had to do a lot of odd jobs to pay the bills, which meant he would do anything, even so much as getting into the adult entertainment industry.
Jon Hamm Has Been In The Adult Entertainment Industry!
While his breakthrough role came in the form of Don Draper in the superhit show Mad Men, Jon Hamm had to go through a lot to get that role. Losing countless roles prior to this, he had to work out jobs that weren’t as glamorous, which meant odd jobs were his means of keeping himself afloat. Thus, when push came to shove, he decided to enter the softcore p*rn industry as a set dresser to pay for his expenses.
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Taking a note from Sylvester Stallone’s book, the star recently revealed that his move from his hometown of Missouri to the heart of L.A. was a tough decision for him as it meant he had to leave a comfortable life behind. Here, in between finding gigs to do, he was into the catering business until he lost that job too. Desperate, he consulted his friend for some advice, who directed her towards becoming a set dresser for an adult entertainment company. He told Esquire:
“I got that job because of a friend of mine, this girl who was like our stage manager in college. She was always the hardworking type. I was hanging out with her and another friend of ours from Mizzou, commiserating at a potluck. None of us had any money. I’d lost my catering gig. I was like, ‘I need a job’. My friend said, ‘You can have my job. I’m doing set dressing’. I said, ‘I don’t know how to do that’. She says, ‘It’s not that hard. They’ll hire anybody’.”
While he might be one of the rare stars that have also seen the more mature and adulterated side of Hollywood, he’s not the only one. Rocky star Sylvester Stallone has outright performed in an adult film titled The Party at Kitty and Stud’s during his struggling days.
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How Mad Men Secured Jon Hamm His Role In Top Gun: Maverick
Most people would recognize Hamm from his recent role as Cyclone in the superhit film Top Gun: Maverick, which he got from Tom Cruise after he met him personally. In an interview with Howard Stern, the star revealed that he once met Cruise at a party and was starstruck. but he was even more surprised when the Mission: Impossible star told him that Mad Men was one of his favorite TV shows. Thus, after making an impression on him both in real and reel life, Hamm got a chance to be part of the biggest blockbuster of 2022.
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Top Gun: Maverick, now streaming on Paramount+