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Jon Hamm’s Near Miss With Ben Affleck’s ‘Gone Girl’: “It Was Meant to Be Me”

Jon Hamm (52) is a talented actor and voice actor with a wide range of talents and credits. He is well known for his roles in both comedy and drama, and he has a knack for bringing complex characters to life. Recently, Hamm revealed that he was meant to star in Gone Girl in an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. Here’s what we’ve learned:

Why did Jon Hamm not star in ‘Gone Girl’?

Hamm was originally slated to star in David Fincher’s 2014 mystery-thriller ‘Gone Girl’, but he had to turn down the role due to his commitments to the AMC series Mad Men. He said that he was “down to the very end” of the casting process and that it was “meant to be me,” but he was unable to get out of his contract because he had signed a seven-year deal with the show.

Jon’s revelation that he was almost cast in Gone Girl has sparked renewed interest in the film, which is now considered to be one of the best mystery-thrillers of the 2010s. It is also a reminder of Hamm’s immense talent, which was on full display in Mad Men.

“I was down to the very end for Gone Girl. It was meant to be me, but I was under contract for Mad Men. Ben did a great job, but I would have loved to have done that.”

Jon Hamm

What did Jon have to say about losing this role to Ben Affleck?

In the interview, when he was asked by Cohen if he had ever turned down a role that he later regretted, Hamm revealed that ‘Gone Girl’ was the one that came to mind. Hamm has said that he was “bummed” about not being able to do the film, but he understood that his commitments to Mad Men came first. He did very sweetly mention that he was very happy with the way that Ben Affleck turned out in the role, though.

Hamm’s casting would have been a homecoming of sorts, as he is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, where ‘Gone Girl’ is set. However, the role ultimately went to Ben Affleck, who is a Boston native. Hamm joked that Affleck was “not very happy” about having to wear a Cardinals hat in the film.