July 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
While it’s difficult (for this writer at least) to picture Jon Hamm saying anything without imagining those words coming out of his “Mad Men” alter-ego Don Draper's mouth, Hamm’s endearingly retro notions of manhood perfectly fit that image.
The 39-year-old actor, who said he can talk about both sports and shoes, thanks to being raised by a single mother, told W magazine that “the definition of a man’s man has shifted in recent times to this sort of fratty bro, different from the older version, which was aloof and distant - Gary Cooper or Cary Grant or James Bond.”
Now, he added, “it’s a little vulgar, kind of lowbrow, adolescent. I’m not that guy. Part of being an adult is treating women like women.”
Hamm is one who appreciates a grown-up sensibility – his upcoming movie with “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star Rebecca Hall, “The Town,” is a cops-and-robbers drama that explores the complexities of what it means to be "bad" and what it means to be "good," he said.
“It’s an adult movie. Those are in short supply,” Hamm told W. “I hope that there’s still an audience for that kind of film, where you can go see adults behaving like adults.”
Speaking of adult things: The actor's definition of sexy is also refreshingly mature.
“To be able to read and talk about complicated things is sexy,” Hamm said. “It’s not just having a pair of bolt-on [expletive].”
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