As Mad Men‘s silver-haired Roger Sterling, John Slattery is debonair, drunken, sexy, competitive, and sentimental. He’s also, at times, a complete goof.
In writer/director Brian Savelson’s feature debut, In Our Nature, out in theaters Dec. 7, Slattery plays Gil, the estranged dad of Seth, a bearded hipster played by Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights). When Seth brings his girlfriend, Andie, played by Jena Malone (Pride & Prejudice), to his family’s upstate New York retreat for a romantic getaway weekend, Gil shows up to the house as well — with his new, younger girlfriend Vicky, played by Gabrielle Union. It’s a tight physical environment for drama to play out among four characters, just how Slattery likes it. There’s high tension between Gil and Seth, sharing a house they haven’t been in together since Seth was a boy, and Slattery — who has a teenage son with his wife Talia Balsam — works with Gilford to create the type of genuine awkwardness that can exist only between fathers and sons.
In an exclusive clip, below, Gil and Vicky attempt to leave early to head back to New York City, before getting roped into staying at the house by Andie. Slattery told EW about taking on the role, working with Union, just how annoying the term “silver fox” is, and how writing always always prevails. READ FULL STORY