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Are Christina Hendricks' curves Matthew Weiner's responsibility?

September 21, 2011 |  8:44 am


Christina Hendricks is no stranger to chatter about her famous figure, and Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards show was no exception.

Hendricks reportedly sidestepped questions about her bod at the press conference after the "Mad Men" cast accepted the trophy for outstanding drama series, ultimately getting bailed out by show creator Matthew Weiner, who nudged reporters to ask him about his figure instead.

Not a surprising move, as Weiner told us he feels partially to blame for the major interest in her curves.

"I'm kind of responsible -- her physique was something that hadn't been on TV in a long time," he said of casting Hendricks as bombshell office gal Joan Holloway.

"She's a sex symbol, and we're at a point in time where it's OK for people to say anything to anybody when you're a public figure," he told the Ministry.

As Weiner sees it, iconic characters like Joan slip into the ether and emerge as common property.

"Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, their physique is something that becomes a part of the culture.... I can't make any jokes about it; I understand that it's hard for her. But," he asked, "does anyone talk to Jon Hamm and say, 'Lift your shirt up and show us your abs?'"

Hendricks and Weiner will continue to ponder the gender divide on the AMC hit, the cast of which we announced  Wednesday will be hosting this year's Rape Treatement Center fund-raiser at the Beverly Hills home of Ron Burkle.


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Photos: Matthew Weiner (Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press); Christina Hendricks (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)