Bryan Cranston Comforted Jon Hamm About 'Mad Men' Ending, So Let's Imagine The Advice Walter Would Give Don
If a Breaking Bad/Mad Men crossover special were ever to come to fruition, the last thing that Walter White would say in conversation to Don Draper is something like "hang in there, buddy." In the case of their real-life portrayers though, it's a different story. Covering the April 2015 issue of GQ, Jon Hamm talks about getting advice from Bryan Cranston on how to deal with the end of Mad Men. Gotta love anti-heroes having a good old-fashioned heart to heart.
The Wrap got a hold of the pictures and a few pull quotes from Hamm's forthcoming GQ profile. In it, the actor grapples with the uncertainty brought on by the seven-season, nearly 10-year long run of Mad Men drawing to a close. "Are people still going to take me seriously?" he mused. "Am I just going to do romantic comedies for the rest of my life? What’s next?"
The second half of the final season premieres on Sunday, April 5, which will mark the end of a big chapter of Hamm's life. Not to mention, the lives of the people who have become emotionally dependent on this show.
In a serious "lean on me" moment, Hamm said that fellow AMC series lead Cranston (who dealt with essentially the same existential crisis when Breaking Bad ended) reached out to commiserate. Cranston told him,
It’s hard, man. It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.
I really hope that this sentiment was followed up by Cranston telling Hamm he's free to call him and talk about it any time. Partly because I adore both of these actors so much it makes my heart hurts. Also, I just think that the idea of Walter White giving Don Draper advice is HILARIOUS. Just for giggles, let's imagine how that'd go down.
Walt would show up at Don's office with pizza, because he needs a friend and everyone loves pizza.
He would find Draper drowning his troubles in whiskey and rye.
Don would be all, "How did it feel being a symbol of the devolution of the American patriarchy?" To which Walt would answer candidly...
In a very slow and dramatic manner...
That he loved it.
Walt would ask about Draper's plans, and he would be like, "I'm thinking of eating snacks and watching a lot of TV."
Knowing that Draper needs to work to be happy, Walt would be all...
Don would be like, "NO! You're right! I need to create to feel alive! But also, I have a distinct feeling that I should spend more time with my children: Sally and the other one."
Satisfied with his unexpected mentoring talents, Walt would think, "My work here is done."
Go get 'em, tiger.
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