Ben Feldman said he found some people’s reactions to his character's breakdown on "Mad Men" surprising as he felt the writing was on the wall all along for Ginsberg.
Duiring the first half of Season 7, after a series of highly charged scenes, Ginsberg turned up in Peggy's (Elisabeth Moss) office and gave her a box containing a present (his nipple). Peggy carefully walked out of her office and had her secretary call for help and Ginsberg was carted off on a stretcher.
Speaking on the panel for his show "A To Z," during NBC's portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, the actor addressed Ginsberg going mad.
"I am always kind of interested when I hear people say that it felt like it came out of nowhere, because I think if you took just sort of his scenes and cut them together over the couple years, he was losing his mind, and there was indications he was freaking out about voices in his head and transmissions, and he thought he was an alien at one point," Ben said. "He was crying on the floor."
Ben said when he landed his new role as Andrew to Cristin Milioti's Zelda in "A To Z," in the show that documents the fictional couple's relationship from a to z, he was immediately hit with questions about his last "Mad Men" moments.
"It was funny. The episode of 'Mad Men,' the last one for me, aired the night before the NBC Upfronts, so we were walking out to do the interviews on the carpet, and I turned to one of the people who worked with my publicist, and she hadn’t watched the show, and I was like, 'I know you don’t watch ‘Mad Men,’ but I’m going to warn you it’s going to be a lot of nipple. I know we’re going to talk about this thing, but there’s going to be nipples everywhere.' And there was," he said.
"A To Z" premieres Thursday, October 2 at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.
-- Jolie Lash