Rolling Stone has what looks to be an interesting–and previously untold–cover story on Mad Men this week: “How a band of Hollywood rejects created the smartest and most seductive show on TV.”
After three seasons on AMC, a basic-cable network previously known for endless reruns of second-rate movies, Mad Men established a hold on America’s fantasy life like no show since The Sopranos. “The big question the show is trying to answer through Don has to do with identity,” Weiner says. “Who am I? — It’s only the biggest theme in all of Western literature.”
To make it happen, Weiner assembled a cast he could relate to — veteran actors who had spent their careers toiling in relative obscurity. Jon Hamm, who plays Draper, had a few scenes in We Were Soldiers. January Jones, who plays his brittle and ethereal ex-wife, Betty, showed up in the third American Pie movie as Stifler’s love interest. Christina Hendricks, who rules the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce as Joan, appeared in a video for the Nineties rock band Everclear. Nobody wanted them. Today, everybody knows their names, everybody covets their careers, everybody wants to get next to them.
A sample is all you’ll get out of Rolling Stone on the web though. Their recently unveiled paywall blocks access to the piece. It’ll cost you $3.95 to check it out. Or, you could go all 20th century and just pick up the mag, we suppose.