“It’s fun, it’s adorable, but it’s the visual equivalent of masturbating—there’s no point other than immediate gratification.” (He does have a stealth Instagram account where he follows photographers and artists and a few travel sites, but he’s never posted anything.) No personal trainer visits his home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood; instead, Hamm plays league baseball on the weekends in a public park, mostly for the camaraderie.

“I’m just blown away by the beauty of it all,” he says.

“Especially when I see anybody performing at the peak of their ability.

(On the Mad Men set, he says, he showed up every day thinking, “I’m going to be the best person on this show.”) Applying those drives to a Hollywood career can be a tricky endeavor right now, at a time when even movies based on comic books need to be dumbed down for a global mass audience. (“A disaster—a real disaster.”) And, on a personal note, there are the paparazzi who still stalk Hamm in Los Feliz from behind their cars’ tinted windows, hoping to catch him picking his nose.

Hamm says he’s eager to start “self-generating” projects in the manner of actor-producers like Brad Pitt and Reese Witherspoon: “These guys find something they want to do, and they take it to Warner Bros. It’s all enough to make one wonder: What would Don Draper do?

I see it, and I f—ing weep.” VIDEO: Jon Hamm is an Excellent Driver Hamm and I are in the midst of a long, candid chat at a restaurant in the Hollywood Hills.

I’ve already assured him I won’t spend this entire story comparing and contrasting him with his stoic Mad Men alter ego, Don Draper, which is the main angle of pretty much every Jon Hamm profile ever written.or HBO, and they get it made.” As he sips his third and final cup of black coffee, Hamm ruminates on a few of the larger problems of our era. But Hamm, a self-declared optimist and “believer in the human spirit,” knows that Draper is just about the worst role model of all when it comes to interacting with real, live people.There’s the current surge in anti-intellectualism combined with a growing suspicion of excellence and achievement. “I may be a narcissist in the way that most actors are,” he says, “but I think it’s not to the detriment of those in my life.I mean, there’s certainly a version of that person who does not come out of it as successfully as I have.” Hamm says that before his mother died, she imparted some lessons about engaging fully in life: “Be smart, learn, sign up for stuff, play sports, do it all.Be the best that you can be.” If that carries echoes of the Boy Scouts motto, it also helps explain Hamm’s competitive streak.He’s one of the few actors he knows with zero social-media presence.