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George Clooney (briefly) considered for the role of Don Draper in Mad Men

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George Clooney (briefly) considered for the role of Don Draper in Mad Men

Post by Katiedot on Sat 09 Apr 2011, 16:38

Filing this one under 'in an alternative universe' . . . . according to Matthew Weiner, George was considered as a possibility to play the role of Don Draper. No news on whether he would have actually accepted the part (my money's on 'no').

It's an hour-long interview which won't play in my region, so someone let me know if he says anything else about George.

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Watch Five Hours of Interviews With Matthew Weiner

April 8/ 2011

Matthew Weiner covers a ton of ground in these interviews with the Archive of American Television, so of course there's plenty of fascinating background info on Mad Men. For example: Weiner thought maybe George Clooney or Vince Vaughn would play Don Draper back when he was working on the pilot. Zak Orth was almost Pete. January Jones auditioned to play Peggy. And an AMC executive didn't think Jon Hamm was sexy enough for the role

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Post by melbert on Sat 09 Apr 2011, 23:08

I can't get it to play either Katie. Sorry.
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Post by melbert on Sun 10 Apr 2011, 22:11

I finally got it!! He referred to George at about 4:15. He said " I thought about James Garner or George Clooney for the role of Don. Clooney had one movie that wasn't successful, so I figured he'd be back on TV. They both are this boy scout virtuous person type."
I put it in quotes, although this is not the exact quote. Sorry.
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Post by PigLove on Tue 12 Apr 2011, 01:54

Wow, if Mel's paraphrase is even remotely accurate, Weiner sounds like your typical megalomaniacal show-runner. The kind who delays production of a well-loved show so he can get 30 million dollars for it. Jerk!

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Post by melbert on Tue 12 Apr 2011, 02:07

Hey there PigLove!!! How's your production going? Good to see you!
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