'Mad Men' star plans to bring 'This American Life' story to big screen

Actor John Slattery (L) and producer Matthew Weiner attend the wrap party of AMC's 'Mad Men' at the Roosevelt Hotel August 24, 2007 in Hollywood, California.
Actor John Slattery (L) and producer Matthew Weiner attend the wrap party of AMC's 'Mad Men' at the Roosevelt Hotel August 24, 2007 in Hollywood, California. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

John Slattery, of the hit TV show "Mad Men," has big plans to make a short film based on a story heard on "This American Life" called "Squirrel Cop."

"Squirrel Cop" is about a police officer whose first day on the job goes terribly wrong when he responds to a call about a squirrel in the attic of a couple’s home.

Slattery, who plays ad executive Roger Sterling on the AMC show "Mad Men," says he was struck by the humor in the officer's voice.

"It's just so visual too," said Slattery. "His description is so good. I guess I always thought it would make a funny short film. Somebody else agreed and so we are in the process of trying to make that happen."

Slattery said he's still trying to figure out how to tell the story in film. He says the goal is to try and be faithful to his vision of the story.

Audio: John Slattery and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

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