Jon Hamm gave up 60% of his pay to make sure that Confess, Fletch happened.
There are many artists who would sacrifice a lot for their craft and Jon Hamm is no exception. The Mad Men and Top Gun: Maverick actor was willing to give up 60% of his salary to make his most recent film Confess, Fletch happen. Director Greg Mottola revealed this tidbit to Uproxx and added that he gave up a portion of his own salary to fund the film as well.
In Confess, Fletch is based on the Gregory Macdonald novel of the same name and stars Jon Hamm as Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher. Fletch finds himself as the prime suspect in several murders while seeking his fiance’s stolen art collection. Chevy Chase previously played the character in Fletch and Fletch Lives, so this will be the first film to not feature Chevy Chase in the starring role.
Apparently, financiers just didn’t have faith in the Fletch franchise. While Bill Block from Miramax provided enough financing for 27 days of shooting, it wasn’t enough to get Confess, Fletch put together. After getting turned down various times, Jon Hamm and Mottola decided to take matters into their own hands and fund an extra three days of shooting.
While it’s currently unclear if this move will pay off for Jon Hamm and Greg Mottola from a financial standpoint, the film is getting pretty good reviews, so maybe it’ll draw viewers in when it debuts on the Showtime network. Apparently, the film cost $20 million so they certainly have some ground to cover. Along with Hamm, Confess, Fletch stars a solid cast including Lorenza Izzo, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Roy Wood Jr., and John Slattery.
While Confess, Fletch has flown relatively under the radar, the same can’t be said for Top Gun: Maverick, Jon Hamm’s other big film of 2022. Top Gun: Maverick has been shattering records left and right, pulling in over $1 billion worldwide. While giving up 60% of his salary was surely a sacrifice for Hamm, he might have had a little extra to spare for his passion project thanks to his other successful projects.
Jon Hamm also has quite a few TV roles lined up for the near future. He’s signed on to join the cast of the Emmy-nominated The Morning Show on Apple TV+, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup, and Reese Witherspoon. Hamm is set to play Paul Marks, a corporate titan who sets his sights on UBA.
Jon Hamm will also be returning to reprise his role as the Archangel Gabriel in the second season of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. Michael Sheen and David Tennet also return as Aziraphale and Crowley. A release date has not yet been announced for the series return.
Not content to have just a couple of TV shows on his docket, Jon Hamm was also cast in a lead role for the upcoming fifth season of Fargo. Along with Hamm, Juno Temple and Jennifer Jason Leigh will also star. Though details are slim, Hamm will play a character named Roy, Temple will play a character named Dot, and Leigh’s character is Lorraine.
In the meantime, you can see Jon Hamm’s Confess, Fletch now in select theaters. It will hit Showtime on October 28. Make sure to check it out so Hamm doesn’t have to give up his salary for the next one.