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'Mad Men's' John Slattery Rates Jon Hamm's Directing Skills

The silver fox gives his co-star's job high marks.

John Slattery, Jon Hamm
Courtesy of AMC

John Slattery has a lot to say when it comes to his Mad Men co-stars. He just defended January Jones against criticism that she was icy on-set and now he’s giving a thumbs up to Jon Hamm’s work as a director on an episode for next season.

STORY: 'Mad Men's' January Jones Defended by Co-Star John Slattery

"He did pretty damn well," Slattery, who directed two episodes in Season 4, tells E! Online.

"Nobody was surprised at how well he would do," he adds. "He's a very smart guy. He knows the show better than any of the actors certainly, because he's there every day and he's in every scene... And he gives good direction. And he's an actor so he knows how to give you something specific and brief that's useful."

Hamm directed the Season 5 season premiere episode, which will air in early 2012 on AMC.

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