Jon Hamm’s newest huge display character has so much in frequent with James Bond: He’s witty, nice with the women, and comes doused in a signature drink. (On this case a extra colourful traditional, the Negroni.) A drink says so much about an individual, and the identical goes for fictional characters. Whereas James Bond is dry and sharp like a martini, the easygoing charmer on the coronary heart of “Confess, Fletch” is somewhat bitter, somewhat candy, and unafraid of somewhat flamboyance.
The comparability will not be misplaced on Hamm.
“There’s very a lot some shared DNA there, for certain. It’s a sequence of tales. He’s kind of positioned in numerous environments and conundrums and finds himself continually on the unsuitable aspect of the legislation typically and has to make use of his wits and his wilds to get out. He doesn’t have the finances that possibly James Bond has for devices, however he does have his wits and his unbelievable means to learn a room,” Hamm mentioned throughout a current interview with IndieWire.
He added winkingly, “And whereas we’re at it, certain. I’d like to play James Bond. Thanks for asking.”
Based mostly on a sequence of thriller novels by Gregory Mcdonald, the character of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher was first dramatized by Chevy Chase within the 1985 field workplace hit “Fletch.” (A profitable sequel, “Fletch Lives,” adopted in 1989.) The function was a dream for Hamm, who “beloved the unique movie,” main him to hunt out its supply materials.
“I began studying the books as somewhat child. I imply, like a young person, like a really younger child. So it’s an thrilling alternative to get the prospect to essentially reintroduce a personality to a model new technology,” mentioned Hamm.
“Confess, Fletch” begins with an artwork theft, a homicide, and a kidnapping, and that’s simply within the first act. As Fletch likes to say all through the movie, he as soon as was “a journalist of some reputation,” giving him eager investigative instincts and a manner with phrases.
Tasked with recovering his girlfriend’s stolen Picasso with a view to save her father whereas proving his innocence, Fletch makes use of good, old school crafty to unravel the thriller. It’s a whodunit comedy with some foolish twists and satisfying turns, a enjoyable, uncomplicated journey that feels notably of the second.
“[‘Knives Out’] form of sparked this renaissance of the thriller and the whodunit,” mentioned Hamm. “Our movie is a beneficiary of that as nicely, however you see it in ‘Solely Murders within the Constructing’ and ‘Demise on the Nile,’ and all of this type of revisiting of those mysteries which are really compelling as a result of they’re actually satisfying to look at.”
Whereas it might be principally light-hearted leisure, Hamm sees a deeper cause for that cultural want.
“If I’m going into the cultural evaluation of it, we stay in a time the place lots of people don’t essentially must pay for his or her misdeeds,” he mentioned. “It’s good to truly watch a narrative the place the dangerous man will get it ultimately or any person that deserves a cheerful ending will get it. We’re inundated in actual life with tales the place the dangerous man will get away with it, or there’s no penalties for attacking The Capitol, for instance, with out placing too superb a degree on it, however these are enjoyable escapist tales that folks can truly lean into.”
Hamm acquired to play off an enviable ensemble of comedic actors in “Confess, Fletch,” or what he known as “a really deep bench.” Marcia Homosexual Harden, Roy Wooden Jr., Annie Mumolo, and Kyle MacLachlan all look like having simply as a lot enjoyable as Hamm. However there was one collaborator that “Mad Males” followers can be notably excited to see Hamm riff with: John Slattery.
“Every time you’ve got folks on display which have a historical past that’s longer than a couple of years, which have some depth to their relationship, that comes throughout,” he mentioned. “I believe it definitely comes throughout with us. It was very simple to get again right into a rhythm. It was very enjoyable to play two very completely different characters than Don and Roger additionally.”
“Confess, Fletch” opens in theaters and on digital on Friday, September 16.