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LONDON (AP) — Mad Men's Jon Hamm, a St. Louis native, says he hopes "cooler heads prevail" in the Missouri city of Ferguson and that "people come through it for the better."

Hamm, who's in London to promote his latest movie,Million Dollar Arm, told reporters he has a special reason for speaking out about the unrest in the St. Louis suburb since the fatal shooting earlier this month of an African-American teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer.

Hamm said the situation there is "difficult to watch because it's my hometown."

But he said he supports the protesters. He says "they have a legitimate reason to protest and they're exercising their right to do that and so hopefully, in the end, people will come through it stronger."

He said cities should not "be measured on how they have failed, but how they get through and how they clean up after their mistakes."

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