Painful to say goodbye to Don: Hamm
Jon Hamm has revealed how painful it will be to say goodbye to the Mad Men role that made him a household name.
The 43-year-old star, who plays the mysterious and dashing advertising executive Don Draper in the show, said he had been through a great deal with his character.
Walking the red carpet in a three-piece Dunhill suit as the show was celebrated at TV festival Paleyfest in Los Angeles, Jon said:" It will be hard to say goodbye but it is important to say goodbye. Things come to an end, good things especially, and people move on and you have to say goodbye.
"Whether it is sending your kid off to college or going to college yourself, moving on is part of life and I think it will be emotional but also cathartic."
Don Draper has maintained an air of mystery throughout his years at the centre of the cult show, but Jon said he feels he now knows him well.
"I feel at this point that I understand him fairly well, I have been playing him almost a decade of my life and I have gone through a lot with our guy and we all feel the same way about our characters, we all get it and so do the writers and and there is two way trust that goes through that and that is a rewarding part of the creative process."
His co-star Elisabeth Moss, who plays barrier-breaking copywriter Peggy Olson, said she believes leaving the show behind will be even harder than they can imagine.
"It is going to be really hard and really sad and harder than we even think, but at the same time all good things must come to an end but you have to put the final brush strokes on this painting."