“Mad Men” fans have been having a field day with last week’s reports that Jon Hamm’s anatomy has caused a stir on set, but one person who isn’t impressed with the story: Jon Hamm.
While most men might be flattered by such attention, Hamm revealed to Rolling Stone that he’s found the entire press hoopla over his genitals to be “a little bit rude.”
"Most of it's tongue-in-cheek," he said during an interview with the magazine. "But it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have - a prurience." Although ‘prurient’ fans have been discussing Hamm’s less visible physical attributes for quite some time -- a Tumblr dedicated to Hamm’s nether regions, titled “Jon Hamm’s Wang,” was created two years ago -- it wasn’t until the NY Daily News’ report last week that the subject gained widespread attention.
"The season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination," an AMC insider told the Daily News. "John's impressive anatomy is so distracting that they politely insisted on underwear."
“His privates are the inside joke,” the source added. “When the promotional pictures came back the first few seasons, we had to work with them. Everyone was concerned about too much Christina Hendricks boob, but it’s Jon that has the most to show. It’s a good problem to have.”
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Shortly after the report, the underwear manufacturer Jockey even offered to lend Hamm their "support" regarding the delicate matter. A rep for the company told TMZ, "Jockey would like to offer our support for Jon Hamm in the form of a lifetime supply of Jockey underwear." But Hamm isn’t laughing about it.
"They're called 'privates' for a reason," he said. "I'm wearing pants, for f---‘s sake. Lay off. I mean, it's not like I'm a f---ing lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my c---, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal. ... But whatever. I guess it's better than being called out for the opposite." Hamm’s rep previously took the Daily News to task for the report.
“It is ridiculous and not really funny at all,” Hamm’s rep said. “I’d appreciate you taking the high road and not resorting to something childish like this that’s been blogged about 1,000 times.”
Season 6 of “Mad Men” premieres on April 7 at 9 p.m., with a two-hour-long episode.