Jon Hamm To Direct Mad Men Season 5 Opener

We all know that hard-drinking ladies man Don Draper is a vision of salubrious class in front of the camera (apart from that time he started crying over that whole conscription situation..) but now we’re going to find out if the actor who plays the smooth lothario is as adept behind the camera.

Yes folks, John Hamm has revealed that he will be directing the first episode of the fifth series Mad Men which is due to air in early 2012. When you consider the fanfare that will be surrounding the show’s return after over a year off our screens, it could be quite a daunting task.

“The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen,” Hamm explained. “It’s a very exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement.”

He admitted that helming an episode has been a goal of his “for a while now”, adding: “It helps to have people you know and trust surrounding you. We’ve been fortunate enough to have very little turnover not only in our cast but in our crew.”

Hamm continued: “I watched [co-star] John Slattery [who plays Roger Sterling] do it, and he handled it with such grace and ability and ease,” before adding: “I figured if he can do it, s**t, I can do it too.”

Mad Men was renewed for a fifth and sixth series earlier this year..