Rare footage shows pre-Mad Men Jon Hamm talking Blues – and talking smack about Blackhawks

Adam Proteau
Jon Hamm (Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Jon Hamm (Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Film and TV star Jon Hamm – best known for his iconic role as Don Draper in the AMC series “Mad Men” – is also famous for being a fan of his hometown St. Louis Blues. And in newly-unveiled footage of a little-seen movie made long before he became known worldwide, Hamm got the chance to talk some smack about the rival Chicago Blackhawks while pumping the tires of his favorite NHL team.

In the movie “Cheese And Crackers”, a black-and-white film shot in St. Louis in 1997, the characters played by Hamm and fellow actor Jason Newman have a spirited debate about the merits of the Blues and Hawks. The language isn’t safe for work or children, but if you can get past that, it’s a neat look into the past – and the absence of color footage makes Hamm look like a star from the golden age of Hollywood.

This is how you know the movie is from a different hockey era: “Hull good. Blackhawks bad,” Hamm says.

With due respect to Hull, those days are gone.