Jon Hamm agreed to be in ‘Bridesmaids’ without a deal as a ‘favor’ for Kristen Wiig

It’s been over 11 years since we saw Jon Hamm’s hilarious side in “Bridesmaids” – proving that he has a lot more in his acting toolbox than just Don Draper-esque roles.

The Emmy award-winning actor had quite a notable role in the hit 2011 film, but to the surprise of many, Hamm revealed that he didn’t actually get anything to play in the film.

In the film we see Hamm’s character Ted, Kristen Wiig’s character Annie Walker and ‘friend with benefits’.

Hamm is the playboy type in the film, as Annie always longs for a more serious bond between the two. This is not answered by Ted, who is also interested in sexual relations with Annie.

But while Hamm’s supporting role in the film eventually became one of the film’s most beloved cameos, the actor recently revealed that he agreed to appear in the film without seeing the script or signing a deal.

“I made that movie before there was a part, before there was a script, I said yes to it. And [my] cops said, ‘Oh, well, shit. How do we, you know, ask for money?’ And I was like, ‘Don’t worry. Just let me have fun with friends,” Hamm said on SiriusXM’s “Pop Culture Spotlight with Jessica Shaw.”

The ‘Mad Men’ star said he couldn’t say no to Wiig after they struck up a friendship during his ‘SNL’ hosting stint in 2010.

Hamm played the role of playboy Ted in the hit 2011 film.
Hamm played the role of playboy Ted in the hit 2011 film.

“We were in a few skits together and we got along like a house on fire, and she said, ‘Would you please be in my movie? Please be in my movie.’ You know, nobody knew it was going to be the worldwide success that it was. But I knew it would be funny. And especially with that cast, I thought, “Sure, of course. Are you kidding? Thanks for asking.” Of course I will.’”

In the film, Wiig stars as a baker trying to plan a wedding for her best friend, Lillian (played by fellow Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph). Wiig’s character competes fiercely with Lillian’s wealthy, newer friend Helen (Rose Byrne).

Hamm befriended Kristen Wiig during his hosting stint on SNL.
Hamm befriended Kristen Wiig during his hosting stint on SNL.
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The hit film also stars comedic talents Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Chris O’Dowd, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.

“I usually drive [my agents] crazy because I say yes to everything, you know? I always show up for people’s podcasts or whatever,” Hamm continued. “But that’s what I like to do. I enjoy interacting with the people I work with and I’ve had great, fun experiences with them.

“And those kinds of things become different things. And you know, you can’t measure things like that.”

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