How Jon Hamm Terrified His Costars in Keeping Up with the Joneses

Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm from Keeping Up with the Joneses
Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm from Keeping Up with the Joneses

Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis Star in Keeping Up with the Joneses

For Zach Galifianakis, there was madness to his Method acting.

It happened during a car chase scene in “Keeping Up with Joneses,” the action-comedy about a suburban couple who discover their new neighbors are government spies. Jon Hamm plays one of those spies (the other is Gal Gadot) who has to save the hapless Galifianakis and his wife, played by Isla Fisher.

“It’s a very long car chase,” Hamm tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “The fun part of it is you’re really in a car going really fast. Some of those (moments) I’m really driving, and they’re really terrified because I’m not a professional stunt driver.”

“That’s not me acting,” adds Galifianakis. “I”m not that strong of an actor to pull that off. There’s some real fear shots in there.”

Jon Hamm Talks the Challenges of Movie Comedy in Keeping UP with the Joneses

For Hamm, best known for his serious turn as Don Draper in “Mad Men,” the only thing harder than stunt driving may be comedy. Although he’s shown his funny side before in films like “Bridesmaids,” it’s always a challenge.

“In movies you don’t get immediate feedback,” Hamm explains. “You don’t have people laughing, necessarily. If somebody laughs, you ruin the take.”

“Or it’s 2 in the morning,” adds Galifianakis. “You’ve done it seven times already. So there’s no laughter. The boom guy’s, like, yawning. There’s no feedback. It’s very lonely.”

“Your’e making jokes into an empty space, an empty void,” says Hamm. “You think: Oh, boy, hope that works. Every now and again you might get some response from the people watching. Normally if anybody laughs, it’s bad.”