'Mad Men' Contract Prevented Jon Hamm From Starring In 'Gone Girl'

The final season of "Mad Men" begins this weekend, and the show's leading man is looking forward to the future, specifically to a career in film.

Jon Hamm wanted to jumpstart his film acting career early, but he was unable to due to restrictions in his contract.

Hamm was originally a strong contender for the role of Nick Dunne in "Gone Girl." He had to decline the part, however, because Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men," would not allow Hamm out of his contract.

The part eventually went to Ben Affleck, and the film grossed $368 million.

A source close to the situation told Page Six,

Matt would not let Jon out of his contract to do 'Gone Girl.' Jon was really upset about it at the time — and is still upset, because he's thinking about the future of his career as 'Mad Men' comes to a close.

Another source mentioned a scheduling conflict was to blame for Hamm's predicament.

Whatever the case may be, it seems as if Hamm is anxious to move on with the next phase of his career.

And after spending 30 days in rehab for alcohol abuse, Hamm will at least be clean and sober to tackle whatever roles may come his way.

Citations: Jon Hamms contract barred him from starring in Gone Girl (Page six)