Over the past five seasons on Mad Men, Rich Sommer has come to be virtually identified with his character, the socially awkward but basically likable media head Harry Crane. At this point, it’s strange to see him in other shows and movies outside of the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. But we’d better get used to it. Sommer is in two movies at Tribeca: The Giant Mechanical Man, a romantic comedy-drama in which he co-stars with Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina, and Fairhaven, a small-town drama in which he also co-stars with Messina — and he’s finally getting a chance to show his range. He recently sat down with us to talk about his new movies, what he’d do with Harry Crane if he had the chance, and his notorious obsession with board games.
“I think this season is the best yet. I really do,” Slattery said. “We were all commenting that it felt like the first season. We’ve somehow circled back after all the details and all the plot development that’s happened with everybody … it’s kind of circled back to the sort of tunnel vision on each character and various elements of each character that they’ve dialed in on. It’s somehow simpler.”