He’s already gotten plenty of praise and accolades for his role as Don Draper on AMC’s fantastic drama series Mad Men, but now actor Jon Hamm is going to try his hand behind the camera too. TV Line has word that the actor will actually direct the fifth season premiere, which we sadly won’t see until sometime in 2012. Hamm revealed the news himself saying, “The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen. It’s a very exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement.”
Hamm won’t be the first cast member to sit in the director’s chair as co-star John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling) has previously helmed an episode as well. Hamm says, “I watched Slattery do it, and he handled it with such grace and ability and ease. I figured if he can do it, shit, I can do it too.” If all goes well, maybe he’ll be directing more episodes later in the season or even make the jump to feature films. In the meantime, we’ll just have to patiently wait the long months until the fifth season of Mad Men hits next year.