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Inception is Mad Men: Dom is Don

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 4, 2010 at 5:22AM

Pop Watch's Jeff Jensen argues that Mad Men's Don (Draper [Jon Hamm]) is in fact the same "heroic anti-hero" as Inception's Dom (Cobb [Leonardo DiCaprio]) - and not just because of the varying consonant. He insists that the TV show and film are very much the same thing, with only a few differences ("period setting" and "Lionel Richie-inspired dancing-on-the-ceiling special effects").
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Pop Watch's Jeff Jensen argues that Mad Men's Don (Draper [Jon Hamm]) is in fact the same "heroic anti-hero" as Inception's Dom (Cobb [Leonardo DiCaprio]) - and not just because of the varying consonant. He insists that the TV show and film are very much the same thing, with only a few differences ("period setting" and "Lionel Richie-inspired dancing-on-the-ceiling special effects").

See an excerpt of Jensen's argument below.

MAD MEN
Don Draper (three-time Emmy nominee Jon Hamm) is the leader of a group of creatively talented though morally questionable people who are paid to create ideas that will compel inidviduals to behaviors that are economically advantageous to their clients.
INCEPTION
Dom Cobb (three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio) is the leader of a group of creatively talented though morally questionable people who are paid to produce an idea that will compel a single individual to do something that is economically advantageous to a single client.
MAD MEN
Don lives in proverbial exile from his young son and daughter in Greenwich Village after bad s—t goes down between him and his wife (January Jones), who totally hates his guts.

INCEPTION
Dom lives in proverbial exile from his young son and daughter in various foreign lands after bad s—t goes down between him and his wife (Marion Cotillard), who totally hates his guts.
MAD MEN
Don’s ex-wife is kinda crazy (though in her defense, he did kinda make her that way) and is a really crappy mom.

INCEPTION
Dom’s dead wife is totally crazy (though in her defense, he did kinda make her that way) and is a really crappy mom.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, TV, Chris Nolan, Inception, Sci-fi, Drama, Action, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mad Men


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.