Jon Hamm, Class Act

15 04 2009

Captain America, one the greatest superheroes of the Marvel Universe, is also widely known as a huge boy scout. He doesn’t play dirty, he fights for justice, and he does whatever he can to help people. Just think about it, a superhero celebrity who gives of himself to help others. Sounds like a pretty great guy, right?Jon Hamm

Guess who else gives of himself to help others? That’s right, Jon Hamm. Just what is Jon up to? Well, all you Hamm fans (“Hammies?”) out there already know this, but America’s finest actor is auctioning himself off in a lunch for two on behalf of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation to help women filmmakers.

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated in loving memory to the uniquely gifted actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, whose highly accomplished life was tragically cut short November 1, 2006. It is in the spirit of her passion and vision that The Adrienne Shelly Foundation has been established. We know Adrienne would appreciate us doing everything possible to help young women pursue their filmmaking dreams, and to assist others in making the same leap from acting to writing and directing as Adrienne had done so successfully.

If her name rings a bell, it’s because you probably heard about the buzz about Adrienne’s last movie, “Waitress,” which she wrote, directed, and had a supporting role in. Tragically, she passed away prematurely, even before “Waitress” was released. Advancement for women in any industry can be difficult, and Hollywood is no different. Quick, name three of your favorite female directors! Some of you can do that, of course, but I’d wager a picnic basket full of cash that most people could not. The Adrienne Shelly Foundation’s mission is an important one.

This is something that celebrated performer Jon Hamm understands, and that is clearly why he is participating in this auction. Pretty classy guy, I’d say. I wonder, if Captain America was a real person, would he also auction off a lunch to help the advancement of women in film? I think we all know the answer. This is further evidence of how perfect Jon Hamm as Captain America in the “The First Avenger: Captain America” truly is.

Find out more about the Adrienne Shelly Foundation here.