How committed was Jon Hamm to doing “Confess, Fletch”? Director Greg Mottola revealed to Uproxx (via IndieWire) that the “Mad Men” Emmy winner returned 60% of his salary to help fund three additional days of filming on the indie project. Mottola also gave up some of his own salary to extend filming.
According to Mottola, the money that Miramax executive Bill Block was able to put together for the film only covered 27 days of shooting. When Mottola and Hamm went out to find additional funds to take the shoot to 30 days, they were rejected by all financiers.
“Everyone said, ‘I don’t know if that kind of comedy works these days,'” Mottola said. “They just kind of had like, ‘Who’s Fletch? I don’t think anyone cares anymore.
“So basically what we did was Jon put 60% of his salary back into the budget,” the director continued. “I gave 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 extra days of shooting. We had it up to 30 days in Boston and one day in Rome. And we said, fuck, we’re crazy, we’re stupid. We are going to make this movie. And then Miramax really supported us, in a creative way. They didn’t fight us over who we wanted to cast.
“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 reprized the role for the new film, which is based on Mcdonald’s first Fletch-centric novel and finds the character becoming a suspect in several 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 unleashes Miramax in this fun adaptation.” Variety Film critic Peter Debruge wrote about the film in his review.
“Confess, Fletch” is now in theaters and available on demand.