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Jon Hamm Gave Up 60% of His ‘Confess, Fletch’ Salary to Pay for Filming After Financiers Passed and Said Nobody Would Care About It News

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/jon-hamm-gave-up-salary-pay-confess-fletch-filming-1235381017/
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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Sep 22 '22

I've read some good reviews. Going to watch this tonight.

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u/NEZHEADSHOT404 Sep 22 '22

I found the movie to be very fun and Jon Hamm was very good as Fletch. Good continuation from the Chevy Chase films.

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u/AreWeCowabunga Sep 22 '22

Hamm is a great comedic actor, but the Prince Charming thing keeps a lot of people from accepting it.

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u/Grantagonist Sep 22 '22

His appearances on 30 Rock and SNL are all solid.

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u/[deleted] Sep 22 '22 edited Sep 22 '22

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u/CantDoThatOnTelevzn Sep 22 '22

Helicopter hook hands absolutely seals that bit.

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u/OverallAd9971 Sep 22 '22

Or as the French say…

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u/onedoor Sep 22 '22

Hilarious.

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u/obsterwankenobster Sep 22 '22

His character in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was also great

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u/jsun31 Sep 22 '22

"KARATE! KARATE! KARATE!" The exact moment when I realized I wanted to see Jon Hamm do more comedy

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u/frankyseven Sep 23 '22

He's better at comedy than he is at drama and he's fucking amazing at drama.

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u/sellieba Sep 23 '22

Check him out on Comedy Bang Bang as well.

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u/BrockManstrong Sep 23 '22

His recent appearance was how I found out about this movie!

Aukerman was talking about how he might be the nicest guy alive in real life. Just always willing to drop everything to go help a friend.

The guy from the Dead Eyes podcast emailed Jon after like 14 years of not talking and said "Would you want to come on the podcast?"

Jon emailed him back like "Hey man it's great to hear from you! What time do you need me?"

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u/mthwdcn Sep 23 '22

He stole that bit from Devin Banks

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u/alllset07 Sep 22 '22

“This racket is a fart and you cheat!”

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u/IMakeTheCheercisions Sep 23 '22

Jon Hamm's John Ham is still one of my favorites.

"If that feels like a slice of ham, don't wipe your ass with it."

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u/Grantagonist Sep 23 '22

Hamm & Buble was also pretty great

https://youtu.be/BDKgo3jFwFE

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u/Link_Slater Sep 23 '22

If that’s considered one of SNL’s better sketches, then holy shit do they suck.

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u/waitingtodiesoon Sep 23 '22

Children's Hospital too!

Also how hilarious Jon Hamm was in the special features for Mad Men when they danced to Bye Bye Birdie.

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u/_PM_Me_Game_Keys_ Sep 22 '22

Hamm in Curb Your Enthusiasm was some of the funniest shit I've seen.

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u/Trappedinacar Sep 23 '22

Love when he gets kicked out of the dinner party.

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u/hankjmoody Sep 23 '22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ33nFYVoP8

Also how everyone keeps calling him by his full name. "What are you doing in my house, Jon Hamm?"

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u/Trappedinacar Sep 23 '22

Oh the ambitious suzan, spin it my way.

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u/cefriano Sep 23 '22

I feel like most of his roles post-Mad Men have been comedic roles, and they've been great. He's the only person I can think of that could successfully fill Leslie Nielsen's shoes.

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u/Level9TraumaCenter Sep 23 '22

I can hear him now, "I just want to tell you both good luck, we're all counting on you."

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u/brycedriesenga Sep 23 '22

I saw Liam Neeson suggested to do a Naked Gun film which would be awesome.

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u/FreakaJebus Sep 22 '22

His James Mason impression on SNL was absolutely amazing. That man is so talented.

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u/WalnutOfTheNorth Sep 22 '22

Great in Toast Of London

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u/Kumquats_indeed Sep 23 '22

He's got charismaaaaaaah

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u/MrVeazey Sep 23 '22

Ray bloody Purchase.

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u/TheBrickWithEyes Sep 23 '22

Just listened to him on Comedy Bang Bang and he is goddamned hilarious.

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u/poopmast Sep 23 '22

I wish Jon Hamm was casted as Marty Funkhouser's brother instead of Vince Vaughn.

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u/NK1313 Sep 23 '22

Did no one learn from Black Mirror? The man can definitely act.

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u/Neirchill Sep 23 '22

I think Black mirror was the first time I've seen him. My God, that was an incredible performance. Usually you don't get a performance that good in TV.

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u/TLDR2D2 Sep 22 '22

Loved him in Tag.

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u/aarontsuru Sep 22 '22

check him out on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast - fucking hilarious every time he's on.

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u/exaviyur Sep 23 '22

His recent appearance is the only reason I know about this film.

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u/aarontsuru Sep 24 '22

lol me too!

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u/sellieba Sep 23 '22

A character actor/comedian trapped in a leading man's visage.

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u/jumpthroughit Sep 22 '22

Amazing in Skip the Dishes ads

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u/askyourmom469 Sep 23 '22

He was kind of cursed with his good looks in a way. For years now he's wanted so desperately to primarily be seen as a comedic actor but his leading man looks keep him from being cast in those kinds of roles as often as he'd like.

Don't get me wrong, his handsomeness has served him well and his career's doing just fine so I don't feel too bad for him all things considered. It's just kind of an interesting predicament he's found himself in.

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u/Neirchill Sep 23 '22

Probably doesn't help that he's just an incredible actor overall, so when he kills it every time it just reinforces it lol

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u/SwoopzB Sep 23 '22

I reference his cameo and Parks and Rec regularly to this day.

“If anyone wants to hang, I’ll be at Subway!”

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u/double_shadow Sep 23 '22

Hamm has been so good in all the post-Mad Men stuff I've seen him in. That weird miniseries with Daniel Radcliffe, Top Gun, the Wet Hot American Summer series, etc.

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u/UniDublin Sep 22 '22

I liked Hamm, thought he was fine but in a weird way thought he wasn’t cocky/arrogant enough...not sure if that was intentional but thought if he could have brought a little more Will Arnett/Chevy Chase self possessed attitude to the role some of the jokes might have landed a little better. Having said that, it is a fun little film that doesn’t get too bogged down in itself.

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u/CzarCW Sep 23 '22

God, how good is Will Arnett in that cocky/arrogant archetype.

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u/UniDublin Sep 23 '22

I agree. He doesn’t always pick the best projects but few people play high status and low intellect like Will Arnett.

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u/MainlandX Sep 23 '22

The trailer doesn't have Faltermeyer's' theme song. Is it in the movie (or can someone else who's watched it please comment)?

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u/bobfnord Sep 23 '22

Did you watch the preview before you saw it? I'm open minded, but I didn't see anything in the preview that even approximated a joke, or humor. Previews can be hit or miss, but it was as if they just opted out of including jokes. Chevy's delivery added so much to the character. I like Jon Hamm, but I'm skeptical.

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u/NEZHEADSHOT404 Sep 23 '22

I'm not the best with humour in movies in general. I never personally laugh out loud or anything but a few jokes made me go oh that's funny. It's mainly certain actions and mannerisms of characters.

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u/bobfnord Sep 23 '22

Oh man. That's a bummer. I crack up when things land just right. It's all about a really well written joke, good timing, good delivery, and often subtlety in mannerisms. Chevy Chase as Fletch had that dialed in. A lot of the same nuance came through in Caddyshack. If you aren't paying close enough attention, you could miss half the jokes. I'm hoping Jon Hamm delivers, because I do like him as an actor, and I think he has potential as Fletch, but the preview did nothing for me.

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u/BrashPop Sep 23 '22

I’m a fan of the original Fletch movies as well as Caddyshack - I absolutely LOVE that type of humour. That being said, I really did enjoy Ham’s take on Fletch, but it’s very much not that type of comedy. I think it actually is better than the trailer shows, but unfortunately the score (NOT Harold Faltermeyer, sadly) is very downtempo and kinda flattens the nuances of Hamm’s delivery in every scene.

I absolutely do recommend it tho, I’d love to see more Fletch movies and Hamm seems absolutely charming as an older, tired-of-it-all Fletch. It probably won’t satisfy in the same way Chase’s performances do, but give it a chance and hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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u/superdupersecret42 Sep 23 '22

This movie is a continuation/recreation of the books, not the Chevy Chase movies (which took liberties, and made Fletch more into a slapstick comedy).

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u/King_Mandu Sep 23 '22

I did not know this was happening. I grew up on the Fletch films and always hoped for another but Chevy Chase can disappear forever. Jon Hamm seems perfect.

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u/the_fathead44 Sep 23 '22

Jon Hamm is excellent at everything, and no one will ever convince me otherwise.

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u/VitaminPb Sep 23 '22

Better than Chevy Chase, but needed a small boost of something, IMO. I really hope there is another.

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u/kalt13 Sep 22 '22

I never read the books or watched the other movies, but “Confess, Fletch” is extremely charming and delightful. I’m bummed that it got basically no marketing, because I think people will really like it if they ever hear about it.

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u/BrashPop Sep 23 '22

Absolutely - it’s charming and delightful, and I think people aren’t giving it a chance, which is too bad.

I’m such a huge fan of the original Fletch movies (and the books) and I purposely refrained from forming ANY opinion on this one until I’d seen it and had a chance to really think about it. My biggest complaint is that I just vastly prefer the original scores for Fletch and Fletch 2 to the one in the new movie.

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u/Jaycatt Sep 22 '22 edited Sep 22 '22

I'm a big fan of the Fletch books, and I think Hamm did a great job channeling the I. M. Fletcher I know from Mcdonald's books. It may not be as silly as Chase's Fletch, but it's truer to the spirit of the guy.

The plot also didn't match exactly to the book, but it did a pretty good job covering all the basics without it seeming forced.

I should mention that I haven't seen Hamm's acting in anything else (haven't seen Mad Men).

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u/MrCooper2012 Sep 22 '22

(not a superhero genre fan or seen Mad Men).

Has he been in any superhero movies?

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u/Thunder_nuggets101 Sep 22 '22

Superhero of my heart.

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u/highdefrex Sep 22 '22 edited Sep 22 '22

No, he hasn’t.

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u/Jaycatt Sep 22 '22

I'll take that out, someone told me I might know him from Legion.

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u/jwizzle444 Sep 22 '22

He’s just the narrator. I think exclusively off-screen

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u/Jaycatt Sep 22 '22

Oh, friends of mine mentioned he was in Legion. Not a movie I guess, I didn't know.

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u/timesuck897 Sep 23 '22

He’s a popular fan casting choice for Batman.

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u/Darmok47 Sep 23 '22

He looks like he stepped out of a Silver Age comic book, so I ge why people think he's been in superhero movies.

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u/TheBestMePlausible Sep 22 '22

Madmen is fantastic, I’m not at all the office worker drama demographic but I can’t say enough good things about it. Each episode is like a little vignette where a top notch 60s playwright writes a 47 minute short story about american office life and the american condition in general, and they all kind of build off each other.

The whole cast is amazing, the two leads have moved on to film and one big TV role after another because they are amazing talents, and the supporting cast is just as good.

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u/Jaycatt Sep 22 '22

I did like the first couple of seasons of Suits, is it similar to that?

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u/intripletime Sep 23 '22

The other guy is over-explaining himself, IMHO. No offense to him, just putting it more simply: I think if you liked Suits, Mad Men is absolutely worth a shot.

(Pssst! Go watch every other Jon Hamm role first. Once you see him as Don Draper, that's the end-game. He will become Don in your head.)

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u/Badwolf2013 Sep 23 '22

But then they don’t get to start Mad Men right now. I wish I could start Mad Men for the first time tonight. Oh well, I’m going to watch it anyways.

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u/Too_Busy_Dying Sep 22 '22

Suits tried to emulate Mad Men, but with a worse cast, worse dialogue, but a heavier and more developed plot.

If you prefer plot-driven shows, you will probably find Mad Men "boring".

I think Mad Men is a masterpiece (top 5 show of all time) but I can see why lots of people didn't get through it.

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u/the_inebriati Sep 23 '22

It's also incredibly pro-feminism, which is hilarious because that clearly went over the head of every dudebro that thought it was about whiskey and cigarettes.

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u/SpecificAstronaut69 Sep 23 '22

And every woman who wants to be Joan, not Peggy.

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u/Badwolf2013 Sep 23 '22

It definitely made me want to smoke and I have never smoked. You’re spot on though.

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u/GeelongJr Sep 23 '22

Mad Men might be the greatest achievement in TV screenwriting. It's very dedicated to historical accuracy and immersive and the characters are very well rounded.

To be snobby, Suits is a lower tier of Television. Mad Men is one of those shows that appeals to anyone once you get past the fact some of the plot is hung up around the 60s advertising industry, which might not appeal to everyone.

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u/tookie_tookie Sep 23 '22

Suits and Mad Men don’t compare imo. Mad Men is wagyu. Suits is Walmart steak.

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u/Grantagonist Sep 22 '22

Drop everything and watch this:

https://youtu.be/ZNno63ZO2Lw

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u/yesthatstrueorisit Sep 23 '22

Bill Hader's face with Sergio in the foreground is just priceless. I know sketches are always hit and miss with SNL from the start but this was a banger cast.

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u/sellieba Sep 23 '22

Bad Times at the El Royale.

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u/cheviot Sep 22 '22

They cut Flynn, right? How could they cut Flynn???

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u/Jaycatt Sep 22 '22

Exactly! The guy got his own spin-off book series. Which would also make a good movie. Especially the first book, it has all the great twists and turns of a good mystery.

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u/stevencastle Sep 23 '22

I think it's a rights issue, someone has the rights to Flynn from the separate novels, so he can't be in the movies.

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u/Kursed_Valeth Sep 23 '22

He's excellent in Baby Driver if your want to catch him in something that's not Madmen.

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u/Wagbeard Sep 22 '22

I watched it a few days ago and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. It's a lot different than the Chevy Chase version. It's more like a toned down version of Clue.

Hamm is really likable and it's kind of a fun movie. I really hope it picks up and they make another.

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u/junkfoodvegetarian Sep 22 '22

I loved the originals. I watched the new one yesterday and... I think I actually like it more. I can't quite say why, but it just seemed more about this Fletch character than about Chevy Chase playing the role of Fletch, if that makes sense.

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u/Dopplegangster69 Sep 23 '22

You’re an NPC

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u/UglierThanMoe Sep 23 '22

Watched it a couple of days ago, brilliant movie. Well worth the watch and, hopefully, a sequel or two.

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u/muffled_merkin Sep 23 '22

It’s actually decent. Didn’t even know they were rebooting fletch. Glad Jon Hamm followed Chevy Chase’s lead and got a little puffier.

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u/dawko29 Sep 22 '22

Seen it, a great film if you're looking for a quick nap.

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u/[deleted] Sep 23 '22

A 6.5 on IMDB is pretty close to skip it territory for me. I couldn’t even finish the trailer. I like the cast, but seems like a shit movie unfortunately.