Bryan Batt–Happity Birthday!

 Posted by on March 1, 2008 at 8:17 am  Actors & Crew, Mad Men
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Were I a better planner, I’d have saved my recent Yay-Salvatore post for today.

It doesn’t seem fair… poor thing had to wait a whole extra day this year, what with that pesky 29th in the way. But finally, his birthday is here!

Anyway, if you haven’t already, check out the roles this guy has had over the course of his stunning career.And he was Out Magazine’s Artist of the Year for 2007.

Bryan, please except our birthday kisses. And uh… pretend they came out of a basket.


  9 Responses to “Bryan Batt–Happity Birthday!”

  1. Yay for Bryan's birthday – so glad I posted that video in time for your blog to celebrate (he really was amazing in that scene…)!

  2. Oh my goodness, so am I! But you should re-tag it. I went through several pages searching for "Mad Men" to see if there were any Sal scenes… it was only by searching for "Bryan Batt" that I was lucky enough to find it.

    (he really was…)!

  3. Thanks for the suggestion – much better now… 😉
    Wonderful blog you have here, btw – I had hoped someone would start one (I'm just too busy to do more than clip), and fortunately you've created one that really does justice to such an intricate show!

  4. That's a lovely compliment, JDR. Thank you. Our readers make it all worthwhile.

  5. Thanks so much, JDR.

    And keep clipping! Clipping is a world I have not navigated, and to be honest, I have no intention of learning. Give us lots to draw from!

  6. Like most of the great MM scenes, this one benefits from an ump-teenth viewing (at least for folks as slow as I am) …

    The line … "I have thought about it. I know what I want. I know what I want to do." … says it ALL.

    "I have thought about it." … not a denial that he's gay (practically an admission), and a way to help Elliot feel comfortable that he's not misread Sal;

    "I know what I want." Double meaning, both professionally and personally. In this case, live the life of a straight man both in and away from the office.

    "I know what I want to do." Find a woman to help me forget that I like men.

    Again, I find it surprising that a guy who lets so many revealing lines slip past his lips would be so committed to being in the closet. I know it was 1960, but his penchant for double-entendre you would think indicate a man more comfortable with showing who he is.

    And I'd like to second JDR's note … continue to love this blog.

  7. Thanks guys!

    I don't know… it was not an era of sarcasm, like it is today. Check the comedy of the time.

    I think his double entendres are meant to mask, not to reveal. Also, they are not always deliberate. He is witty and closeted, and these double meanings slip out of his mouth unconsciously. Only to the other sisters do they reveal. Witness Elliott.

  8. I thought Sal's speech was one of the most honest I've heard on the show, let alone his character, and it really resonated with me. I interpreted "I know what I want to do" as "My career is important to me, and awful as it may be, gay men don't make it in this business. So even if the world assumes I'm gay, I'm not going down that road – I've made my choices." There are so many things people expect us to do, and it befuddles them when we choose to do other things. But life isn't always about making a stand or breaking the mold, it's about making compromises and working within constraints to achieve your own goals.

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