Roger Sterling has done many, many things in his time. He has run an ad agency (occasionally into the ground), survived several heart attacks, dropped acid, fathered a son with a co-worker, and drunk an ocean of scotch.
But what he really wants to do is direct.
At least the man who plays Roger does, and you’re forgiven if you mistake one for the other.
John Slattery, son of Boston, has made such an impact as Roger Sterling over seven seasons of “Mad Men” that it’s easy to assume the actor is the role. For one thing, Roger is absurdly, maliciously entertaining, as he says what all the other characters on AMC’s hit series dare not.
For another, he has evolved over the show’s long haul from the entitled jester of the Sterling Cooper ad agency to a movingly flawed (if ever charming) survivor of the ’60s culture wars. That’s a testament to the skills of the man playing him.
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