Jon Hamm, Friend of the Environment

1 05 2009

Well, I can’t say that I’m surprised. With eco-awareness decidedly “In” and celebrity roasts of Ruth Buzzi “Out,” it makes sense that America’s Actor, AKA Jon Hamm, would attend the celebration of the National Resources Defense Council’s 20th anniversary this week. The fest included some of the most powerful and influential eco-celebs around, including Ed Begley Jr., Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Steven Bochco. And Jon Hamm, with longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, shared their secrets about how they conserve energy to help save the planet.

Enjoying Nature

Jon Hamm Enjoying Nature

From the news report at Mother Nature Network: “There are a lot of options to take in your life and not be wasteful and selfish. If you put other people and the environment first instead of yourself, it’s a lot easier to make those decisions that decrease your impact on the environment.” Toward that end, Hamm and his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt watch their consumption. “We don’t use a lot of air-conditioning. We open windows. We have a relatively small air-conditioning bill, and we’re trying to get it smaller every day. The fact that we’re in California and there have been a lot of initiatives put forth to do that is great. We’re trying to take advantage of that as much as we can.”

If Jon Hamm isn’t channeling Steve Rogers here, then I don’t know what’s going on. Every person can do their part to put other people first, ahead of their own self-interest? What type of person says something that? Oh yeah, I forgot… every superhero in the universe! Somebody please get him in a meeting with Avi Arad! Cast him in “The First Avenger: Captain America” before he takes an indie gig to maintain his actor’s cred.

We all know he is not the first celebrity to back environmental issues, but when push comes to shove, it will be interesting to see where he comes down on laws concerning Green regulations.





Are We Spinning Our Wheels?

30 04 2009

First, big shout-out and thanks for the link in Zap2it’s From Inside The Box’s recent post speculating on the casting choices for Steve Rogers. Sure, I’m not a fan of them leading off with McConaughey, but who would be? (Anyone else raising a fist to the sky and yelling “MCCONAUGHEEEYYY!!!” through gritted teeth?) But they do mention other contenders, including America’s Actor, Jon Hamm. And Jon gets equal coverage to McConaughey, so that’s pretty good. It’s also good to know that Jon Hamm is absolutely whipping the other contenders listed in the poll they have going over there.Jon Hamm Acting

A fellow who linked to us on Twitter had a nice observation that I thought should be addressed. Even if we, as Jon Hamm fans, demand and advocate for Jon Hamm’s casting in the “The First Avenger: Captain America,” due out in July, 2011, does Jon even want it? A good question, to be sure. Are we wasting our time here?

I’d argue with a cautious, “No.” Look, Jon Hamm is a respectable actor who has obviously proven to have a great deal of range in the comedy and drama genres. The important word there is “actor,” which in Hollywood often translates into “happy to have a job.” At this point, of course we can’t say definitively if he wants the gig, which would likely include at least two sequels and prominent role in “The Avengers” due out the following year. But as a working actor who had his major breakthrough less than two years ago, perhaps it’s not a bad idea to join major superhero film projects that are attached to Robert Downey’s career rebirth, Sam Jackson’s turn as badass Nick Fury, and Edward Norton’s interesting take on the Hulk, and whoever the hell is playing Thor. So, the question might be, would Jon Hamm want to join a bunch of A-Listers in Marvel’s craziest movie gambit since “Daredevil?” The answer is likely the same as a different question: Is Jon Hamm an actor?

The man can do what he wants, either way, so let’s have fun putting a public face to this fantastic casting idea. And if he sends his goons to my secret loft hideaway in the midwest to shut me down, I won’t put up a fight. The e-mail address is on the contact page, so I’m just a few mouse clicks away.





Jon Hamm Versus Jerry O’Connell

29 04 2009

Jon Hamm Versus Jerry O'Connell

Welcome to “Jon Hamm Versus,” where we will take a look at possible contenders for the lead role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming film “The First Avenger: Captain America,” slated for release on July 22, 2011. For round seven, we consider Hollywood powerhouse Jerry O’Connell.

Everyone here knows who Jerry O’Connell is, and just about everyone here probably likes him a great deal. There are many important facts about Jerry that make him a super heavyweight in this battle. First, he’s been acting since he was 12 (we all know he and River Phoenix famously battled with Wil Wheaton for more screen time in “Stand By Me“). Second, he’s had siginificant roles in a number of television series, like “Sliders,” “Crossing  Jordan,” and Holy Good God did you know My Secret Identityhad 70 episodes??? Ahem. Third, he’s appeared in a number of successful films, including “Jerry Maguire,” “Scream 2,” and he had an inspired cameo in “Can’t Hardly Wait,” and all three were important films of the 1990s. Finally, and most importantly, he’s married to Rebecca Romijn, one of Barker’s Beauties who appeared in three X-Men movies and could likely have the ear of every executive at Marvel Studios any day of the week.

So, with television and film credits that makes every wannabe in Hollywood green with envy, with a marriage to the most influential and beautiful guest star on Just Shoot Me, with the youth and charm of most lead actors in a movie about college freshmen, why not cast Jerry O’Connell? Two words: Matt Le Blanc. Like Matt Le Blanc, Jerry O’Connell has that comfortable feel of a TV star who you’ve welcomed into your home hundreds of times before. He’s no superhero, despite attempts to convince you otherwise with things like “Lost In Space.” Think about it. We’re all happy to see see O’Connell or Le Blanc in our homes, but neither of them could don Superman’s cape or Spider-Man’s webshooters.

Could you imagine if they made a Captain America movie in 1985 with superstar Ted Danson? It nearly makes sense, but at the same time it isn’t quite right. Luckily, Jon Hamm has added the leading man credits on television and the perfect supporting roles in film to make him the unshakable best bet of this face off. Sorry, Jerry. But a supporting role in these films is NOT out of the question.

Jon Hamm wins!





Where It All Began

28 04 2009

Captain America Comics Cover 1941

For ten cents, American, back in 1941, you got 45 “thrilling pages” of action and adventure, featuring Captain America! At this point in time, the bombing run at Pearl Harbor was still nearly a year away; the U.S. was not yet engaged in the war with Nazi Germany. But Jack Kirby and Joe Simon at Timely comics created Captain America, which represented their view that the U.S.’s involvement in the war as inevitable. The hero represented “American” values and a moral authority in the battle against evil. The pulp of those days would serve as rallying propaganda against the Hitler and the Axis powers.

The cover you see above is where it all started. Perhaps 70 years later, in July 2011, we will see the greatest interpretation of Captain America in motion pictures with “The First Avenger: Captain America.” With any luck, Jon Hamm, America’s Actor, will be in his red boots.





More to come!

28 04 2009

Jon HammHey gang, the crazy weekend is just finally getting over for me (Yes, I know it’s Tuesday evening…). More posts are coming about Jon Hamm and the reasons why he will make the best Captain America out of all the choices out there.

In our continuing series, “Jon Hamm Versus,” we’ve already run down six other candidates, and we will knock many more contenders as the summer season heats up. Comments are open all over the blog, and don’t forget to check out our Polling Central page. You can also leave a word of support to Jon Hamm himself (As small as the Internet is, he’s bound to come across it some time!).

The blog will thrive with folks like yourself who believe this is the man to get behind the shield! Don’t forget that Jon Hamm is America’s Actor, now and forever.





Jon Hamm Versus Brad Pitt

25 04 2009

Jon Hamm Versus Brad Pitt

Welcome to “Jon Hamm Versus,” where we will take a look at possible contenders for the lead role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming film “The First Avenger: Captain America,” slated for release on July 22, 2011. Today explore the possibility of superstar A-lister Brad Pitt going to war.

Brad Pitt’s name has been bandied about for years as a great casting choice for Captain America. He’s the best looking man in the U.S. (possibly the world), and shouldn’t Steve Rogers be a handsome guy? Of course he should, but there are a few things that would make it difficult to get Pitt in the lead role. For one, he’s a megastar who commands boku bucks for every picture, but Marvel probably can’t afford to pay him $150 million dollars for at least a four-picture deal over the course of 8-10 years. Also, Brad Pitt will be turning 46 in December, which isn’t necessary a huge liability. But making him look younger will just have audiences remember what he used to look like. Go ahead, tell me you didn’t think you were watching old footage of him in “Thelma & Louise” when he was supposed to be 20-something in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Getting older isn’t a bad thing in general, but today’s Pitt is radically different than yesterday’s.

The humanitarian family man probably doesn’t need a superhero franchise on his acting resume, anyway. He’s at the height of his career and can basically do whatever he wants. Jon Hamm, on the other hand, is a rising star in Hollywood. Representing the best wartime superhero ever on screen would only make him brighter. Marvel would be crazy not to snatch him up.

Before Davy Jones and then later Brad Pitt, I didn’t think there were any shorter names in Hollywood. Then Jon Hamm, America’s Actor, came along. Watch out, audiences.

Jon Hamm wins!





Jon Hamm Fans, You Are Not Alone

23 04 2009

Jon Hamm is ImpressedAs soon as Marvel decided it was going to go nuclear with releasing Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers, Thor, and Ant-Man as Marvel Studios films over the next few years, casting suggestions have been flying all around Internets. But it takes the right visionaries to put these films together, and of course it takes the right actors to fill the tights, as it were, of our favorite superheroes. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was inspired casting. Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, good but not redhot. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a stellar choice. Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock wasn’t my favorite. Everyone loved Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. Others may have found Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze a bit silly. Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker was just about as perfect as you can get.

Casting Steve Rogers requires a well-tuned perception into what makes a man a hero. An actor who can portray weakness and frailty, but then later demonstrate confidence and strength, will win the role. Cap is a hero who becomes a leader because of the men and women who need him to fight. Very few gentlemen have the ability to capture that character, but one leading man in particular has what it takes.

We are not the first to say these simple words: Jon Hamm should play Captain America.

What is important is the first part of that sentence. We are not the first to say this. All across the Internet, Jon Hamm’s name has been popping up as the underdog casting choice.

This is not a complete list by any means. Many other voices have spoken about this in chat rooms, comic book stores, and slumber parties across the globe. JHSPCA is the place to bring these voices together, so all supporters of this brilliant casting suggestion have a place to go and be heard daily. Remember, you are not alone.

Come back every day and participate. Link to us on your blog, Facebook, your Twitter feed. Tell a friend or teacher or minister about us. Jon Hamm and the fates of “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “The Avengers” may very well depend on it.