Jon Hamms' latest big screen character shares a lot with James Bond: he's funny and easygoing like a martini, the easygoing charmer at the heart of Confess, and he's unfavorable of a little flamboyance.
Hamm's point is not lost on the comparison.
There's a lot of common DNA there, for sure. It's a series of stories. Hamm is often placed in different situations and dilemmas and has to use his wits and his wild powers to get out of situations. He doesn't have the budget that James Bond might have for gadgets, but he does have his wits and extraordinary ability to read a room, according to a recent interview with IndieWire.
He replied jokingly, and while at it, yes. I'd love to be James Bond. Thank you for requesting.
Chevy Chase dramatized Irwin Fletch Fletcher in the 1985 box office smash Fletch. (A successful sequel, Fletch Lives, followed in 1989). The role was a dream for Hamm, who loved the original film.
As a youngster, I started reading the books. Like a teenager, like a very young kid. Its an exciting opportunity to really reintroduce a character to a brand new generation, Hamm says.
Fletch starts the film with a theft, a murder, and a kidnapping, and that's just in the first act. As Fletch likes to say throughout the film, he once was a journalist of some repute, giving him keen investigative instincts and a flair for words.
Fletch is charged with recovering his girlfriends' stolen Picasso in order to save her father while proving his innocence. It's a whodunit comedy with some silly twists and satisfying turns, a pleasant, straightforward ride that feels particularly of the moment.
[Knives Out] kind of sparked this renaissance of the mystery and the whodunit, according to Hamm. Our film is a beneficiary of that as well, but you see it in Only Murders in the Building and Death on the Nile, and all of this kind of revisiting of these mysteries that are truly compelling because they're very enjoyable to watch.
Hamm sees a wider cultural need for it, although it may be mostly lighthearted entertainment.
We live in a society where a lot of people do not have to pay for their misdeeds, according to the speaker. It's nice to actually see a story where the bad guy gets it in the end or somebody who deserves a happy ending. In real life, people can actually lean into these humorous escapist stories.
Confess, Fletch, and Kyle MacLachlan all appear to be having just as much fun as Hamm. However, there is one collaborator whom Mad Men fans will be particularly interested in seeing Hamm riff with: John Slattery.
He said whenever you have people on screen who have a history that extends beyond a few years and who have a certain depth to their relationship, that comes across. I think it certainly comes across with us. It was quite easy to get back into a rhythm. It was also very enjoyable to play two completely different characters.
On Friday, September 16, Confess and Fletch will be available in cinemas and on digital.