How committed was Jon Hamm to the making of “Confess, Fletch”? Director Greg Mottola revealed to uproxx (via IndieWire) that the Emmy winner for “Mad Men” gave back 60 percent of his salary to help fund three additional days of filming on the indie project. Mottola also forfeited a portion of his own salary to extend the shoot.
According to Mottola, the money Miramax executive Bill Block was able to put up for the film only covered 27 days of shooting. When Mottola and Hamm went out looking for additional funds to take the shoot to 30 days, all the financers turned them down.
“Everyone was like, ‘I don’t know if this kind of comedy works these days,’” Mottola said. “They just had something like, ‘Who’s Fletch? I don’t think anyone cares anymore.
“So basically what we did was Jon put 60 percent of his salary back into the budget,” the director continued. “I gave him back part of my salary, not as much as Jon because he is richer than me and I have three children. And we bought three more days of filming. We got it up to 30 days in Boston and one day in Rome. And we said, fuck, we’re crazy, we’re dumb. Let’s make this movie. And then Miramax really supported us, creatively. They didn’t fight us for the people we wanted to elect.”
“Confess, Fletch” is a crime comedy based on Gregory Mcdonald’s 1976 novel of the same name. The character previously inspired two comedies starring Chevy Chase in the 1980s, “Fletch” and “Fletch Lives.” Hamm took on the role in the new film, which is based on McDonald’s first Fletch-centric novel and finds the character becoming a suspect in multiple murders while investigating a missing art collection. Lorenza Izzo, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Roy Wood Jr. and John Slattery also star in the new film.
“After other directors struggled for years to reboot Gregory Mcdonald’s popular mystery series, Greg Mottola hits the ground running with Miramax in this hilarious adaptation.” Variety Film critic Peter Debruge wrote about the film in his review.
“Confess, Fletch” is now showing in theaters and is available to watch on demand.