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'Mad Men' Fans Started To Like Stan Rizzo After He Smoked Pot, According To Jay R. Ferguson

04/28/2015 04:35 pm ET | Updated Apr 28, 2015

"Mad Men" actor Jay R. Ferguson told HuffPost Live that his character Stan Rizzo first came to the show as a "smug pig," but he saw a big shift in fan's reactions after one specific change.

"Once [the writers] allowed him to go full hippie, that endeared him to a lot of the audience," Ferguson told host Ricky Camilleri on Monday. "I think the weed-smoking does wonders for making the audience fall in love with you, I tell you what. More than anything else, it seems."

Stan is just one of the many "Mad Men" characters we've seen engaging in illicit substances, and Ferguson said fans "absolutely, without question" started to like Stan once they saw him toking. The reaction has been so positive, in fact, that Ferguson said fans sometimes approach him asking to smoke a bowl together.

Ferguson said he always answers the same way: "My response is, 'I've got three kids.'"

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