Jon Hamm and John Slattery clearly enjoy working together. Whether it’s Mad Men on television, Confess, Fletch in cinemas, or now Maggie Moore(s) on the festival circuit, they have a definite shorthand. It has paid dividends before, and now, it’s paying them again at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Here’s hoping they continue to act together, as well as have Slattery direct Hamm on a continuous basis. Last week, I hopped on the phone to talk to Hamm (again, as you can hear here) and Slattery to talk about their Tribeca movie. Today, that conversation comes your way.
In my review of the film (found here), I had this to say about both men:
Jon Hamm gets a strong showcase here to be both smart and funny. He’s an unsurprising standout, while Nick Mohammed gets no shortage of well-timed one-liners. Mohammed breaks the tension well, while having excellent chemistry with Hamm. Tina Fey and Hamm also have a definite connection
John Slattery really should direct more. He has an eye for the working class that both this and God’s Pocket really vividly depicted. Slattery takes the screenplay by Paul Bernbaum and gives it a bit of extra oomph. The crime aspects are a little run of the mill, and the violent finale seems a bit much for what’s come before, but Slattery is focused on character, which makes all the difference.
Below, you can hear my chat with Hamm and Slattery. We start off with a little back and forth about our respective baseball teams, before getting into their work. I had to mention how much I liked Confess, Fletch, and I loved that Hamm was hopeful they’ll get to do another one (filmmaker Greg Mottola said the same when I interviewed him here). Then, it was on to Maggie Moore(s), which walks a fine line so deftly, due in large part to both of their fine work. So, getting to talk about it with them was an absolute pleasure.
Here now is my interview with Maggie Moore(s) star Jon Hamm and director John Slattery. Enjoy:
Maggie Moore(s) is currently playing at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival!