Jon Hamm recalls ‘out-of-body experience’ when he met Tom Cruise for the first time

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Jon Hamm recalls meeting Tom Cruise for the first time – years earlier Top Gun: Maverick — at Jimmy Kimmel’s house. (Photos: Getty Images)

Jon Hamm calls meeting Tom Cruise for the first time an “out-of-body experience.”

While he had a role in the mega hit Top Gun: Maverick, hamm said on Monday Howard Stern Show that he met the superstar ten years earlier in a kegger at Jimmy Kimmel’s house.

Hamm said Kimmel was known for throwing football parties all day long with large crowds of people. “They would have a barrel and he would make pizzas,” he said. “It was LA, so it’s sunny and the games start at 10 in the morning.”

Early on at this party — attended by actors, comedians and comics — rumor had it that Cruise would be attending. Hamm recalled hesitating: “No, he’s not. What are you talking about? That’s like saying Santa Claus is coming. There’s no way and you’re an idiot if you believe that. And Jimmy is, as you know, a very great prankster.”

The doorbell soon rang, and none other than Cruise entered—and he wasn’t alone.

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“It’s not a Tom Cruise impersonator, it’s Tom Cruise — with his mother,” Hamm said, referring to Mary Lee South, who died in 2017. “So we have Tom Cruise and Mom Cruise and we all have an out-of-body experience. The most famous person in the world is probably in this living room watching nine football games at once.” [with us].”

In addition, Cruise turned out to be a big fan of Hamm’s work in crazy menwhich ran from 2007 to 2015.

“He was like — in a very Tom Cruise way, very direct and intense — ‘I love that is how. l love that show,” he recalled. “‘Thanks man.’ Holy cow. That was a good day.”

Fast-forward 10 years when Hamm was driving and got a call from his agent that Cruise wanted him for the Top Gun continuation. He said yes on the spot – even though the finances weren’t in place yet.

“‘The answer is yes. If this goes away, you’re all fired,'” he recalls, laughing to his agent. He called it a “no brainer” to say yes — not just because he was offered the part on the spot, but because he loved the original and he was going to work with Cruise. “The answer is yes, I’m sure it will be a big hit,” he recalls, “and it was.”

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It’s been a few years since his Emmy-winning run as Don Draper in crazy man. He went on to debunk a long-running rumor, dating back nearly a decade, about whether he wore underwear for his role as a 1960s advertising executive. There were rumors that Brass had to tell him to put on underwear because he had revealed too much below his waist by going commando. For years, Hamm made it clear that he didn’t have a public conversation about his genitals—and usually in an impatient and unamused way.

When Stern asked about “the most famous rumor” about Hamm – “the whole penis thing” – Hamm laughed along – because of course Stern was going to ask.

“The whole penis thing,” Hamm laughed at the question. Finally, he replied, “I’ve worn underwear every day of my life, Howard. First off, who doesn’t wear underwear?! I wear underwear… I like comfy boxers. Thank you so much. I like a breathable cotton. Come on man, who doesn’t?”

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Hamm also spoke of a relationship with Anna Osceola, who appeared in the film crazy men series finale. He said that after undergoing a lot of therapy in recent years and working through early loss and grief in his life, he could see himself getting married one day.

“I’m in a relationship now…and it’s comfortable,” he said. “It’s the feeling of taking care of someone else and taking care of someone. It’s also been a process of working on myself, my mental health, all these things with my therapist and unpacking all that trauma, my realization that when you losing someone so important to you — like a mother — so early,” which he did at age 10, “that creates a wound that blocks a lot of that emotional accessibility … and vulnerability.”

He continued: “It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve sat down and really thought about all those things that have made the relationship I’m in now even more meaningful and opened up the possibility for things like being married, having kids, having a new version of happiness, life, well-being – all those things that sound hokey and whatever, but it’s real and… it’s what I work for.”

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