Thomas Jane is your parallel universe Don Draper

Here’s a fun little knowledge-nugget to keep in your pocket. Thomas Jane was AMC’s original choice to star as Don Draper in the acclaimed television show Mad Men.

Jon Hamm – the Draper we know and love – revealed this on Marc Maron’s brilliant WTF podcast earlier in the week.

Speaking of his eventual casting in the role of the mysterious ad-man, Hamm said he was a long-shot for the role.

 “I couldn’t have had less heat on me. Nobody knew who I was. The casting directors didn’t know who I was. I wasn’t on anybody’s list.”

“I think they went to Thomas Jane for it and they were told that Thomas Jane doesn’t do television. Now starring in Hung, by the way.”

He forgot to mention Jane’s appearance as himself/Homeless Dad on Arrested Development.

Listen to the whole WTF ep here (it’s great!).

Discuss: Can you imagine Jane in the role made famous by Hamm?

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