He was wearing a white linen dress shirt with the two top buttons undone, khakis and white sneakers with black laces. A Timex Blackjack Watch and a St. Louis Cardinals cap with a vintage logo completed the look. He accepted his coffee with a thank-you and took my hand in a meaty paw.
Since completing his work on the show that made him famous, Mr. Hamm has gone through changes in his personal life while trying to get a movie career going. In 2015, he spent a month in treatment for alcohol addiction at a rehab facility. Some months after that, he and his partner of 18 years, the writer, director and actor Jennifer Westfeldt, announced that they had broken up.
The movies came out one after another: âMillion-Dollar Arm,â in which Mr. Hamm plays a sports agent who grows a heart, thanks to a saucy medical resident (Lake Bell); âKeeping Up With the Joneses,â an action comedy starring Zach Galifianakis in which he and a pre-âWonder Womanâ Gal Gadot portray spies; and âBaby Driver,â a crime fantasy in which he appears as a somewhat deranged third banana.
âI always say I make the movies where people go, âHey, I never saw it, but when I finally did, I really liked it,ââ Mr. Hamm said. âPeople saw âBaby Driver,â though. I was pleased with that.â
His most recent film, the melancholy âMarjorie Prime,â is a well-reviewed adaptation of a Jordan Harrison play directed by Michael Almereyda that includes a much-buzzed-about performance by Lois Smith.
âI watched Michael Almereydaâs movies and I read the script and I thought: I like his movies, I like this script,…