In an interview with, filmmaker Greg Mottola spoke about the challenges he faced while making “Confess, Fletch.” Mottola said that he had enough money from the film’s producers, Miramax, for 27 days of shooting. But he knew that wouldn’t be enough time to make the film, so he pursued other producers, unsuccessfully, as producers didn’t have faith in the character or the type of comedy being a hit.
This resulted in Jon Hamm and Mottola both giving back a certain amount of their salary to fund additional days of shooting. Hamm is particularly notable here, as he put 60% of his salary towards the film’s budget. “I gave back some of my salary, not as much as Jon because he’s richer than me and I’ve got three kids,” the director explained, adding that this allowed for two additional days of shooting in Boston and one more in Rome.
Despite the funding woes, however, Mottola did not blame Miramax, highlighting CEO Bill Block as someone who was enthusiastically supportive of the film since Day 1. Mottola also noted that Miramax did not prevent Mottola from getting the cast he wanted in the film, which includes Hamm’s “Mad Men” co-star John Slattery, as well as Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Lucy Punch, and Annie Mumolo.