20 May 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He’s built up a quietly impressive reputation as an actor in supporting roles such as Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Matt Damon’s shadowy pursuer in The Adjustment Bureau.  He is best known as laconic ad boss Roger Sterling in Mad Men – now John Slattery has turned director for God’S Pocket, soon to be released in the UK and sadly marking the last screen performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Assembling an impressive additional cast of John Turturro, Slattery’s Sterling-Cooper collaborator Christina Hendricks and Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading), the black comedy is an adaptation of Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel and concerns Mickey Scarpato, played by Hoffman, who is caught up in a web of lies after his mentally unbalanced stepson dies. Premiering earlier in the year at Sundance, Slattery’s debut received mixed reviews of the sort that are customary for so-called “actors’ movies »

- Steve Palace

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