“Mad Men” is growing rather accustomed at the moment to having its leading men behind the camera. We reported previously that Jon Hamm will be directing his second episode for the AMC drama series earlier this month, and now we can also add that John Slattery will be taking on the challenge of two separate season 6 installments.
The Emmy-nominated actor first broke the news in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where he explained that while taking acting duties in an episode is a challenge in itself, being in the directors’ chair is an entirely different beast all its own:
“It takes a lot more time [to direct an episode]. You have a hand in the whole thing, and each one takes about a month, from a directorial standpoint. From the time you get the script to the time you turn your cut in, it’s a month. And it’s a long month.”
Slattery will reportedly starting the actual production for his first episode in February, but he will be hard at work long before then. As for what the content of this hour will be, your guess is ultimately as good as ours. Matthew Weiner is notorious for keeping all spoilers for this show to a minimum, and here’s one prime example: despite the fact that season 6 has been shooting for weeks, the only thing that we can definitively say is that Hamm and his co-star Jessica Pare were seen shooting as Don and Megan Draper in Hawaii earlier this fall. There is no confirmed premiere date yet for the new season, but the assumption will be that the show will come back to air in the spring.
Slattery has directed three previous episodes of “Mad Men,” with the most recent one being “Signal 30” earlier this year.
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