Hell on Wheels‘ season 4 finale (Nov. 22, 9 p.m. ET on AMC) finds Anson Mount’s Cullen determined to leave the railroad. While fans will have to wait to see how his decision plays out—the show has been picked up for a final season—we asked Mount a few questions he could answer.
EW: What’s some great advice you’ve gotten in Hollywood?
Anson Mount: My first Emmys party, I was introduced to Jon Hamm. I had just started doing Hell on Wheels, and I said, “Hey, man, do you mind if we talk?” “About working with AMC?” “No, just kinda about the whole thing.” He said, “Oh, okay.” So we go and bum a couple of cigarettes from Aaron Paul, and Jon says, “So, what I keep saying to myself is, ‘Why not me?'” I was like, “What do you mean?” He said, “Well, I grew up with this guy whose father was a professional baseball player, and then he got really into golf, and we would go golf with him sometimes. We were on this one hole, and I’m like an 8-iron shot away from the hole, and his father’s up on the green and says, ‘Put the ball right here,’ and points to this exact spot on the green. And I said, ‘Yeah, right.’ And he got really mad. And he said, ‘Why not you? Why not you? If not you? Somebody else. Why not you?'” So Jon said to himself, “Why not me?” And he hit the ball exactly where the guy had been pointing. So going through this whole craziness of work and fame, his mantra, I guess, has been “Why not me?” So I was handed a mantra by Jon Ham, I guess. A koan, as they say, in Buddhism. Yes, Jon Hamm is my spiritual leader. [Laughs] I don’t know if he even remembers it. Now, I see him at events and he’s like, “Oh, hey, man.” I must have really freaked him out. I must have been really needy. READ FULL STORY