Actor Jon Hamm is famous for one major TV role as well as a handful of subsequent notable parts. Now, he stars in the new drama Lucy in the Sky, which is loosely inspired by true events. Here’s what we know about his character.
Jon Hamm became famous for ‘Mad Men’
Hamm is best known for portraying Don Draper in Mad Men. The acclaimed AMC series, which depicts life at an advertising agency in the 1960s, showcased Hamm’s character as a high-level executive who rose to the top — but continues to harbor a dark secret. Hamm won an Emmy for the role.
In the years since Mad Men came to an end, Hamm has continued to act in various films and TV series. He has showcased his comedic talents in flicks such as Bridesmaids and Tag, and in shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
He stars in the new film ‘Lucy in the Sky’
Now, Hamm is starring in a new film. Lucy in the Sky depicts an astronaut, Lucy Cola, who struggles to reassimilate after a long mission in space. She begins to lose her grip on reality and will do anything she can to get back out there once again.
The cast is star-studded. Lucy herself is played by Natalie Portman, while Dan Stevens and Ellen Burstyn portray her husband and mother, respectively. Supporting roles are played by Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery).
Hamm’s character is based on William Oefelein
Hamm portrays Mark Goodwin, another astronaut with whom Lucy has an affair. “In all fairness, I thought it was called ‘Lucy and This Guy,’” joked Hamm on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. “I was like, “Oh, I’m playing ‘this guy.’ That’s got to be worth something.”
Oefelein was with NASA around the same time as Lisa Nowak, upon whom Lucy Cola is based. Both are no longer with the program due to the events upon which the film is based.
Is it a true story?
When Colbert tried to say that Lucy in the Sky was based on a true story, Hamm corrected him. “It’s based on true events…some of them can be true, and some of them can be fudged.” He elaborated further.
“There was a story a while back about an astronaut who was sort of in a love triangle and then had driven across the country, cinced into a diaper so she could power through,” explained Hamm. “There was going to be some justice taken. This is based on those events, but it’s less of the sort of tabloid version of it.”
Here’s what ‘Lucy in the Sky’ is really about
“The movie really examines Natalie’s character and what happens when you come back from space,” said Hamm. “It’s one of the rare movies about space that starts in space and then ends on Earth. It’s not about the journey so much as what happens to people.”
“It’s fascinating,” he adds. “I’ve spoken to a few astronauts here and there and it does change you. There’s a difficulty because there’s no one you can really talk to. It’s not ”
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