Season 4 of the hit AMC show Mad Men kicked off on Sunday, drawing thousands to Times Square to watch. If you’re not already riding the Sterling Cooper Draper Price train, catching up on the plot is easy enough. But what about the lesser-known facts? We’ve snooped and scooped up a few fun facts that every Mad Men fan should know.
John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling, originally auditioned for the role of Don Draper. He was instead cast as his business partner, and his on-screen wife is played by real life wife Talia Balsam.
You know the creepy kid who lives next door to the Drapers, and asked Betty for a lock of her hair in season 1? He’s played by the son of the show’s creator and producer, Matthew Weiner.
Joan famously explains to Betty in season 1, the medium is the message. This season is set in 1960, however, this phrase was not coined until 1964 in Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Similarly the Bob Dylan song “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is used in this same season, although it was off the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”, which wasn’t released until 1963.
· The show is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Allport, who played Pete Campbell’s father. In the show, his character was killed in the American Airlines Flight 1. In reality, Allport’s body was discovered on a ski hill after an avalanche hit, killing him and two others.
Look the Part
Want to look like a Mad Woman? Chief makeup artist Lana Horochowski explains how you can get the red lip look: Actually, Revlon has their full matte lipstick line, and that was popular back then as well. If you go to the Revlon counter at the drug store, they still make Revlon Red, which is the truest color and the best — it lasts forever and it’s perfect.