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'Howl' star Jon Hamm: No beard secret -- just being lazy

January 23, 2010 |  3:03 pm

JonhammbeardsdanceI've made no bones about my obsession with Jon Hamm's facial hair (this predates the Golden Globes beard bonanza, mind you). 

A little dream came true Friday when I caught up with the actor at Stella Artois' the Cutting Room, where he was promoting his Sundance flick "Howl."

"It's one of those things where I really wish it was on purpose," he laughed, "but it's just me being lazy."

As I previously told you, the scruff started for his character in Ben Affleck's just-wrapped "The Town." 

"That was meticulously cultivated scruff. When you're on a set for two months and they decide that your character is unshaven, it becomes this whole ordeal, hours and hours every day," he said. 

Come spring -- Hamm anticipates an April start for the fourth season of "Mad Men" -- he'll shave it off and get back into Don Draper's well-tailored suits. 

Hamm plays lawyer Jake Ehrlich opposite James Franco's Allen Ginsberg in "Howl." Check back later for my Sundance sit-down with SNL-frequenter Franco himself.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Beautifully bearded Jon Hamm poses a the junket for "Howl" in Woolrich John Woolrich & Bros. parka. Credit: Mark Von Holden / Wireimage

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