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10 things you didn’t know about… Mad Men
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10 things you didn’t know about… Mad Men

With the second half of the show’s final season just days away and with the show on offer as part of hmv’s US TV promotion, we thought we’d dig through the archives and celebrate Mad Men. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Don Draper and co…

 

January Jones originally auditioned for the role of Peggy…

Hard to imagine her as anyone other than Betty Draper? Us too, but originally, the X-Men: First Class star wanted to play Don Draper’s long-suffering secretary Peggy Olson.

 

HBO originally passed on the show…

The studio that nurtured Game Of Thrones, Girls, True Detective and so many other wonderful shows actually turned down the chance to take Mad Men on.

 

Each episode costs almost $3 million to produce…

That’s right, a whopping $2.84 million is the average price of a Mad Men episode, but that pays for all the detail that fans and critics love, there’s no expensive spared, especially when it comes to music…

 

Producers once shelled out $250,000 to use one Beatles song…

Specifically, the Fab Four. Almost no one licenses The Beatles, the fees are always absolutely astronomical, but, at the end of an episode in the show’s fifth season titled Lady Lazarus, Weiner felt no song could be used other than The Beatles’ classic ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’. $250,000 is a lot of money, but it’s not as much as…

 

Jon Hamm earns big money for his role as Don Draper…

$275,000 per episode to be precise. That’s pretty decent.

 

Christina Hendricks originally auditioned for the role of Midge…

She’s been the show’s mainstay since it began in 2007, but Hendricks actually originally for the part of Midge, Don’s artistic lover, who is mostly gone by the time series one ended. How different things could have been.

 

All those cigarettes are actually herbal…

Just as well really, the whole cast would sound like they’d been gargling gravel if those things were real.

 

Neither is the alcohol…

The brown stuff in Don Draper’s glass is always apple juice. Sorry.

 

Roger Sterling almost kicked the bucket after just one season…

John Slattery, who plays the always dapper Roger Sterling, was only able to give a commitment of one season to the show, meaning Weiner kept a storyline that involved his character meeting an untimely end in his back pocket. Fortunately he never had to use it..

 

And he was almost Don Draper…

That’s right, before he became Roger, Slattery was up for the part of the hard-drinking creative director. Again though, it’s impossible to imagine anyone but Hamm in that role.

 

Mad Men is available part of hmv’s US TV promotion. 

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