Jon Hamm doesn’t understand why One Direction or Miley Cyrus are “a thing”.
The Mad Men actor has no intention of tempering his views for anyone, or of keeping them secret. He previously drew criticism when he dismissed reality stars such as Kim Kardashian, but is steadfast in his opinion of those he views as talentless.
“I got sh*t on for saying I don’t agree with the fact that the Kim Kardashians and Paris Hiltons of the world are worthy of attention, and people were saying, ‘How dare you!’ I thought, ‘Wow, really? That’s a terrible thing to say?’ It’s ridiculous,” he told Shortlist magazine. “I’m getting older, I’m slowly morphing into that the guy who stands on his lawn and shakes his fist and shouts, ‘Get off my lawn!’ All I can say is that I don’t get Miley Cyrus, I don’t get Katy Perry, I don’t get One Direction. I don’t get why that’s a thing.”
The 42-year-old star doesn’t have children with his long-term partner Jennifer Westfeldt but is still keen to impart his wisdom. One of his favorite things is seeing his friends’ kids growing up as it’s exciting to witness them develop their own beliefs.
“I was a teacher for a big portion of my life,” he explained. “And even though I’m not a father and I don’t have children of my own, I have nieces and nephews and friends have kids. A lot of my friends’ kids are getting into double digits and turning into little people, and it’s fascinating. You have a duty as an adult to impart to the next generation. I’m happy to do that.”
Among those friends is fellow actor Ben Affleck, who Jon has a close relationship with. They have worked together on movies such as 2010’s The Town and Jon was thrilled to hear his pal had landed the role of superhero Batman, although many remain unsure about the casting.
“He’s a big star and he deserves all that stuff. There are plenty of other movies, and he’s going to make a great Batman – he’s been great in everything he’s done,” Jon enthused. “I used to play on a baseball team with Casey [Affleck, Ben’s brother]. I’m a fan of the whole Affleck clan. Their mum did a wonderful job. I can only hope he’ll ask me back at some point.”
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