Jon Hamm claims to have an “out-of-body experience” with Tom Cruise for the first time.
Although he had a role in the megahit Top Gun: Maverick, Ham said on Monday The Howard Stern Show that he met the superstar ten years earlier at a kegger at Jimmy Kimmel’s house.
Hamm said Kimmel was known for throwing daytime football viewing parties with large groups of people. “They would have a keg and he would make pizza,” he said. “It was LA so it’s sunny and games start at 10 in the morning.”
Early on at this party – which was attended by actors, comedians and comedians – there was a rumor that Cruise was going to be in attendance. Hamm recalled that he was skeptical: “No, he’s not. What are you talking about? That’s like saying Santa Claus is coming. There’s no way and you’re an idiot if you believe that. And Jimmy is a pity.”
Soon the doorbell rang and none other than Cruise rolled in – and he wasn’t alone.
“He’s not a Tom Cruise impersonator, he’s Tom Cruise – with his mother,” Hamm said, referring to Mary Lee South, who died in 2017. “So we got Tom Cruise and Mom Cruise and we all got up off Arguably the most famous person in the world is in this living room watching nine football games at the same time [with us].”
In addition, Cruise turned out to be a big fan of Hamm’s work in Mad Menwhich ran from 2007 to 2015.
“It was like – in a very Tom Cruise way, very direct and intense – ‘I love that show. me love that show,'” he recalled. “‘Thank you man.’ Holy cow. It was a good day.”
Fast forward 10 years when Hamm was driving and got a call from his agent that Cruise wanted him for the Gun Top sequence. He said yes to the point – although the finances didn’t work out.
“‘The answer is yes. If this goes away, you are all fired,'” he remembered telling his agent with a smile. He called it a “no brainer” to say yes – not just because he was offered the role on the spot, but because he loved the original and would get to work with Cruise. “Yes, I’m sure it will be a big hit” he said, “and it was.”
It is a few years ago that Emmy passed as Don Draper i Mad man. He continued a long-standing rumor, dating back nearly a decade, about whether he wore underwear for his role playing a 60s ad man. There were rumors that brass had to tell him to put on underwear because he was exposing too much below the waist to the commando. For years, Hamm made it clear that he wasn’t talking about his private parts in public — and usually in an impatient and timeless way.
When Stern asked about the “most famous rumor” about Hamm – “the whole penis” – Hamm laughed – because of course Stern was going to ask him.
“The whole bod thing,” Hamm laughed at the question. He finally replied, “I’ve worn underwear every day of my life, Howard. First of all: Who doesn’t wear underwear?! I wear underwear… I love comfortable boxer briefs. Thank you very much. I like breathable cotton. Come on man, who doesn’t?”
Hamm also talked about being in a relationship with Anna Osceola, who appeared in the Mad Men final series. He said that after doing a lot of therapy in recent years, processing early loss and grief in his life, he could see himself getting married someday.
“I’m in a relationship right now … and it’s comfortable,” he said. “It’s a feeling of taking care of someone else and taking care of me. It was also a process of working on myself, on my mental health all this stuff with my therapist and unpacking all that trauma, my understanding when you lose that someone. so important to you – like a mother – so early,” which he did at the age of 10, “which creates a wound that blocks a lot of emotional accessibility … and vulnerability.”
He continued, “It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve sat down and really thought about all that stuff that has added even more meaning to the relationship I’m in now and opened up the possibility of things like getting married, having kids, defining a new version of happiness, life, well-being – all that stuff that sounds hokey and whatever but it’s real and … that’s what I’m working towards.”