Jon Hamm to Direct ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 Premiere

The man who plays Don Draper has discovered yet another excuse to throw his weight around at the workplace

Last Updated: May 26, 2011 @ 3:30 PM

Watch out, people — Don Draper has just gotten another opportunity to boss his minions around.

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm tells TVLine that he'll be stepping behind the camera to direct the premiere episode of the AMC hit's season five premiere, a prospect that he characterizes as "a very exciting challenge that I'm looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement."

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Hamm says the idea of tackling directorial duties for a "Mad Men" episode has been "in the back of my mind for a while now," hatched by co-star John Slattery's turn at the helm for the 2010 "Mad Men" episodes "Blowing Smoke" and "The Rejected."

"I watched Slattery do it, and he handled it with such grace and ability and ease," Hamm recalled. "I figured if he can do it, s—, I can do it, too.”

Production on the upcoming season is expected to begin in August, though Hamm will “go back a little early to start prepping.”

The only downside? With his newfound duties behind the camera, there does exist a remote possibility that he might appear in front of the camera slightly less than usual for the episode. And surely his legions of female fans won't stand for that.

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