In a flashback that featured a character working as a prostitute during a depression, Weiner was adamant that the actress looked “skinny” or “heavy,” but there was no point in between. “A real man,” he clarify. “I wanted her to be tougher than these people are usually in the movies.” He used the example of “beautiful actress winning Katharine Ross” as an example of the type of person who shouldn’t be picky. “Wanted someone more gritty. But someone said trustworthy.”
This attitude extends to non-subs. Yes, the core characters are still far more engaging than the typical character, but that hasn’t stopped Weiner from making Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) pull out. As it turns out, hair loss pills haven’t been around since the ’60s, so there’s no money in the world that can protect Pete’s scalp from the ravages of time. It’s a realistic shot, requiring the actor to shave his head a little more each season. It’s a rare case of a show that tries to make an actor look bad, and the results are certainly interesting.
Alan Taylor, who worked on “The Sopranos” with Weiner and participated in an early casting for “Mad Men,” said they were initially hesitant to cast Jon Hamm in the lead role because he was handsome. like: “It’s the kind of preeminence that goes with that sort of casting – you know. Look, we’re not casting a movie star, we’re casting a great actor.” Great show. in part because of its meticulous commitment to realism, no matter how pleasant that realism may be to look at. This isn’t the only historical drama set in the ’60s, but it’s no surprise that it’s still one of the most beloved.
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