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Interview With Aldis Hodge From Leverage

Written by haveuheard on Jun-20-10 8:25am

The third season of Leverage premieres tonight, June 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm on TNT.

What better way to celebrate Leverage than with an interview with ‘The Hacker’, Aldis Hodge.  Despite being ill, Aldis made it to a conference call where he talked about his role on Leverage, how he managed to escape the pitfalls of being a child star and much more!!  Check out excerpts from the interview below:

Question:  How would you describe Leverage to folks who haven’t seen it.

Aldis Hodge:  My quick definition is, you know, a group of criminals who take down corporate bad guys in order to give back to those that they take advantage of.

Now it may take a little figuring out but usually people end up saying Robin Hood. They usually say Robin Hood on the very first shot.  But yes, you know, we are a lot of people said that of, you know, Oceans 11 with Robin Hood in there, a little A Team in there.

One of the reasons why it may be difficult to describe exactly what we are is because not that our show is hard to understand because it’s not, but I think it’s because our show is on (entity) which is nice.

So I believe were setting that up a little bit. We have our own identity going, which is a blessing. And, you know, it gets easier to explain this show year by year.  But I was definitely – I think we have our own model going. But I just say it’s kind of like modern day Robin Hood.

Question: You’ve been acting since you were a child.   How did you avoid the pitfalls that a lot of the child actors fall into?

Aldis Hodge: Because my mama whipped my behind when she needed to. No my mama was always good. She was always very – I mean I attribute my career to my mother.

She’s always been great. She’s always been very supportive. She was never a stage mom. She never pushed me into doing it. She allowed it to be my choice and she allowed me to find my own way.

But every time there was something that took away that threatened my childhood, you know, she stopped it immediately.  One thing about this business was to remain a child. You’re on set as a child, people treat you like an adult.  My brother and I did a Broadway show for 2-1/2 years and I was like 8 he was 9 when we  started doing that show. And, you know, out of a cast of 100 some odd people there’s only five children so you’re running around there’s a lot of people that don’t really notice and they don’t care.

So you hear people talking about things and doing things or whatever and it’s not necessarily a horrible environment, it’s a professional environment but it’s also an adult environment.

So my mama was always very much a big presence in there. And everybody knew my mother so they always knew to respect us in order to respect her.

She kept education first because she says there’s going to be no acting without education. There’s no such thing as, you know, not hitting the books.

She made us aware of our priorities very early on in our lives and what was important. This is a job but this is not our life. This is what we like to do. But if you would like to continue doing it if we want to make it there’s a certain you have to go about it, you know, and that’s what she made us realize. You’ve got to respect yourself. You’ve got to respect your life, you’ve got to respect what’s going on around you and you cannot be consumed by what’s going on around you.

You have to create your own way, you have to control it, you have to maintain it and you have to above all respect yourself.

I’m pretty sure she would have killed me if I, I don’t know, not – and lost my mind on drugs and all that. She…

She’s a former Marine so – she was a very sweet lady don’t get me wrong – a very sweet lady. She’s a wonderful woman. I love her to death. But she’s all about that respect you know?

Question:   How familiar were you with your fellow actors and actresses before you signed up or once you signed up?

Aldis Hodge: I actually wasn’t familiar with anyone.

No actually I think the attitude, there was no barriers, there was no preset notions around anything. So when we got into Chicago to film the pilot we all kind of meshed and gelled. And we were forced to be aliens because we didn’t know Chicago, we didn’t know the city. All we knew was us.

So we hung out all the time every night. We went out. And but most of all we were really invested in making this show work, you know.

And one of the best compliments we got as far as the pilot goes is a lot of people said it doesn’t look like a pilot, because it seems like you guys have been working together forever.

You know, the chemistry is already set.  The first person I met was Christian Kane on the very first well – after the first – the last audition we had for the show I rode up in elevator with Christian Kane. It was just me him and my mom. That’s all that was there in the elevator.

And we were talking about the show and how, you know, we were looking forward to doing it. And it kind of was like yes man, you know, I hope you get it, I hope you get it and we kind of (vibed) then. And that, you know, that was our kind of our defining moment.

The next time I saw him was actually at the fitting. And then when I, you know, we saw each other we’re like dude you got it. Yes, hey man and we were kind of already there. So we’ve been brothers in arms since that moment.

From:  haveuheard.net

GUEST STAR EDWIN HODGE MAKES A BREAK FOR THE ‘LEVERAGE’ SEASON 3 PREMIERE

Since he’s his brother as well as a Leverage guest star, we’re posting information about Edwin Hodge as well!
© 2010 TNT Guest star Edwin Hodge in LEVERAGE “The Jailhouse Job”

Exclusive Interview

The actor talks about his brother Aldis, being directed by Dean Devlin, HEROES and the upcoming RED DAWN remake

By ABBIE BERNSTEIN, Contributing Writer
Published 6/19/2010

TNT’s LEVERAGE is about a team of modern-day fixers who get justice for wronged ordinary folks by going after those seemingly too big to be touched.

At the end of second season, the gang suffered a bad setback when leader Nate Ford, played by Timothy Hutton, got arrested for breaking the law numerous times in order to do the right thing. In the first episode of Season Three, airing tomorrow night at 9:00 pm, viewers will see a sort-of familiar face as a guest star. This is Edwin Hodge, older (by one year) brother of Aldis Hodge, who plays LEVERAGE’s techno wizard Alec Hardison. In this exclusive interview, Edwin talks about the show, his brother and what’s coming up next.

iF: You’re in the opening episode of LEVERAGE, “The Jailhouse Job,” this season. Had you gone up for LEVERAGE before, or was this the first time there was a part on the show that was right for you?
EDWIN HODGE: This was definitely the first time there was a right part for me. My brother has been looking through many different roles over the last two seasons, and he and [executive producer] Dean [Devlin] decided that this would be the best episode for me.
iF: What’s your character like?
HODGE: Well, what happens is, at the top of the season, Nate Ford is actually imprisoned. It’s really a weird situation as another criminal tries to kill my character – Nate actually saves my life – and in turn finds out that I’ve been wrongly convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison, and so he decides to make me a case [for the LEVERAGE team].
iF: Does your character have scenes with your brother’s character Hardison ?
HODGE: No, I didn’t get to work with him at all, which was kind of a bummer. Technically we did, because we were in the same scene [laughs], but no, I didn’t get to work hands-on with my brother, which is usually fun for us to do on a regular basis.
iF: Did you and your brother get to hang out together outside of the scene?
HODGE: Oh, yeah, of course. I actually stayed in his apartment. So, yeah. My brother and I, we’re very, very close. We played together and we went out to clubs and dinner and shot pool the whole weekend. We had that brother time that we hadn’t had in awhile because he’s up there [in Portland, Oregon, where LEVERAGE films] and I’m still down here [in Los Angeles] during this season.

iF: When have you and your brother worked on together professionally?

HODGE: We worked on BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE together, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, we did the SHOWBOAT Broadway musical for about two-and-a-half years together, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, SESAME STREET.
iF: Did you know all of the LEVERAGE people through your brother prior to acting on the show?
HODGE: Over the past few years, I became friends with everybody pretty much, the whole cast and the crew. So when I was there working with them, it was kind of a familiar environment. I felt at ease there and everybody treated me like a friend. It was very, very nice. You can tell when they like you.
iF: How was Dean Devlin as a director?
HODGE: He’s fun. I mean, he definitely likes to let the actors kind of explore the material. I was a little uptight, because I’m more of a dramatic actor, so everything is kind of straitlaced, and he just told me, “Just go for it. Be loose, let yourself be free.” And that’s what I did and I thought it turned out pretty well.

iF: Not long ago, you co-starred on a season of the Fox series MENTAL.

HODGE: I was playing a nurse. I was pretty much the sane person trying to keep everybody else sane. He basically was brought into this program and this psych ward to try and get him off the streets and correct his life.
iF: You also played Charles Devereaux, the young version of Richard Roundtree’s character, in flashbacks on HEROES. Did you study Richard Roundtree at all in order to do that?
HODGE: I’d watched him growing up, I knew who he is and his talent as far as seeing his work in SHAFT and everything, and I also had seen his work previously on HEROES, so I just modeled myself as the cool and sophisticated guy that he is. I like to kind of model myself after Sidney Poitier as well. Those are the types of actors that I like, so it was easy to tap into that character.
iF: You’re also in the remake of the war-on-American-soil movie RED DAWN. What was that like?
HODGE: That was, if you can imagine, pure chaos [laughs]. It was a lot of fun, though. We shot in Detroit for about four months and we had a lot of machine guns, a lot of handguns, a lot of explosions. Anything that you can imagine happening on an action film, it happened.
iF: Do you have a preference for roles where you’re doing a lot of running and gun-firing, or where it’s more cerebral, like LEVERAGE?
HODGE: I like to do both. I like to enjoy whatever I’m doing in the moment. I like to pick projects that I know I will enjoy, and so when it comes to shooting, I know that the character and whatever I’ve gotten into will be gratifying. So whether it’s doing an independent film, or a something larger like RED DAWN, or doing a comedy/action type of a show like LEVERAGE, I’m game for anything, pretty much.
iF: Could your character come back to LEVERAGE?
HODGE: I’m sure there’s an opening for him, and if they allow it, I would love to do that toward the end of the season or whatnot. Hopefully I would actually get the chance to work with my brother, because it’s a riot when we’re both on set and we’re just enjoying each other. I think Aldis is great. My brother is a consummate professional. Anybody who watches his work knows that it stands out. He is definitely a guy who can go from one extreme to another. He can play a vicious killer, as he used to do growing up, doing NYPD BLUE and whatnot, or he can be in the light that most people see him in, which is that comedic genius that he is. He has amazing comedic timing and he has amazing creativity when it comes to diving into Hardison. I think he adds so much to Hardison and I think it was kind of unexpected from being in with all the producers. Watching them watch my brother is almost an experience in itself. He’s very smart, intellectually sound. I don’t think that I could have a better brother talent-wise and just personally. LEVERAGE itself is just a really, really great program on TV right now. They have a great cast, they work well together and I just expect really great things for the new season. What I’ve seen and what I’ve experienced on that set, people are going to really be surprised at what’s going to happen.

Source: IF Magazine

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HARDISON

Listmania: 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HARDISON (THE HACKER) FOR SEASON THREE OF ‘LEVERAGE’

By EMERSON PARKER, Contributing Editor

Aldis Hodge’s character of Alex Hardison was an instant favorite among fans of LEVERAGE. A level-headed hacker that quickly and quietly became one of the foundations of the group. While Nate (Timothy Hutton) is the brains of the bunch, without Hardison, nothing would get done, or at least done right.

With LEVERAGE beginning its third season with a two-hour event on this Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm PT on TNT, we offer up the 10 things you need to know about Alec Hardison (The Hacker) that will remind fans (and those just jumping into the series) of where the show’s been and where it’s going.>

1) He’s the hacker. Before becoming one of the good guys in Nate’s crew, Hardison was one of the best hackers on the planet. Well, he still is one of the best hackers, but he uses his talents now to help those that have been taken advantage of by nefarious baddies. But if you need something cracked, taken over, corrupted, infected with a virus or piggybacked through a network, Hardison is the main man for the job.
2) He’s a nerd. While he doesn’t appear to be one on the surface, given his general talent of being involved with computers and the Internet seems to have rubbed off on Hardison as he is constantly referencing STAR TREK, DOCTOR WHO (he’s an avid fan) and other genre shows. Usually, these references are ignored or not understood by the other members of the crew who don’t seem to follow pop culture as intensely (or at all).
3) He grew up in foster care. Much like Parker (Beth Riesgraf), Hardison grew up in foster care. However, unlike Parker, his experience was a good one. His foster mom taught him good values and how to be an individual and caring. He loves her very much and often will quote things that she taught him or said to him while he was growing up. This is part of the reason that Hardison has a connection to Parker, something that was obvious since the beginning of the show.
4) He likes Parker. His connection to Parker goes beyond just mere friendship. If given the chance, there isn’t a doubt that Hardison would love to move their relationship to the next level. He is attracted to her because in a lot of ways, she is everything he is not – spontaneous, fearless, unorthodox and anything but ordinary. While Hardison has the good looks, he can’t seem to express his feelings to her. Has Hardison had a decent relationship in the past? Maybe this is part of the reason he is unwilling to make the first move. Hopefully and no doubt we will see more of their relationship in Season Three.
5) He loves his van. Lucille has been the constant love of his life. Of course Lucille has been a casualty one too many times in the course of the cons. But his tricked our surveillance van is the hub of all things Hardison. It’s the place where he feels the most comfortable, and the one thing he knows he can count on over everyone else. Of course, with his growing love for his own dysfunctional con family, that love may slowly wane and be replaced by something much deeper.
6) He’s reliable. When it comes to anyone in the group, Hardison is probably the most reliable of the five. He will be there when they need him. Parker is first to go to Hardison when she has a problem and Nate always needs him to do the impossible when it comes to a con. Luckily, Hardison is good at what he does and has yet to fail them when it comes to the computer and technology front.
7) He had self esteem issues. This stems from his inability to take things to the next step with Parker or even letting her know in an outright way that he has feelings for her. But moreover, Nate is almost a father to Hardison. They have a near family relationship as Nate has told Hardison many times that he can be whatever he wants to be if he sets his mind to it. Being a criminal was just an easy way for him to make money. Hardison being a computer nerd and a foster kid means he probably didn’t have it easy as a kid and as a result his self-esteem isn’t what it should be.
8) He’s a material boy. Like many of the crew of LEVERAGE, Hardison also likes to indulge in the material world. But unlike Sophie (Gina Bellman) who prefers to spend her money on fashion and shoes or Parker who just prefers cold, hard cash, Hardison puts his funds into electronics, very modern things and usually a swank pad. He was the one to design the LEVERAGE headquarters (twice) and he prides himself on having the latest gadgets and gizmos that allows him to do a better job at getting the con done. Plus, he simply enjoys the ability to be surrounded by these cool things.
9) He is the conscience of the group. While Nate may have been the original good guy before joining a crew that uses deception and lies to swindle money from bad guys, Hardison is now the person who has picked up the mantle of being the conscience of the group. When all of the others have feelings of pulling out or not completing a task, Hardison is the one that always steps up to the plate and fights for the little guy or girl. He has also become the glue that holds many of the others in the gig. He was one of the first people in Season Two to suggest the gang get back together and views everyone as family to him.
10) He and Eliot have become fast friends. They are the ultimate odd couple. Hardison isn’t brave, can’t fight and fears all weapons. Eliot (Christian Kane) is the exact opposite and lives off the adrenaline rush of combat. Yet, despite these differences (and Hardison’s own tendency to annoy Eliot with his geek banter), the two have become very good friends. Numerous times they have been stuck on the con together and have relished in it, enjoying their company and the task they had ahead of them (even if they like to give each other a hard time the entire time). We are bound to see more of these unlikely friends in the upcoming third season of the show.

Source: IF Magazine

The Cool Nerd on Leverage

June 17, 2010 by BethAnne

Aldis Hodge plays Alec Hardison on the TNT hit series Leverage. He’s the Hacker in a group of ex-criminals who have turned their “work” into something that serves victims of large, greedy corporations. “If there is a computer to be decoded, a bug to be planted, a car to be traced or an identity to be created, Hardison is the man.” (TNT)

In real life, Aldis Hodge proudly boasts of being a cool nerd. “I’m a nerd in real life and I like think that I’m sort of cool.” He’s able to bring that nerdiness to his role on the show, but with a little spice. “When your hear computers or geek or whatever you just automatically think pocket protector, glasses, not very social, always kind of clumsy.You think that kind of a -that kind of model.

When it came to the pilot and when it came down to me and Dean Devlin, and John Rogers trying figure this character out, you know, we kind of wanted to throw a different spin on it because nowadays I mean computer nerds, we’re coming off kind of the shape of society but we’re not just one thing. And I don’t want the audience to get what they’re already used to having and wanted to give them something different and something fresh.

And it’s funny people say there’s a cool vibe there. I’m like I feel like I’m kind of dorky and corny sometimes but that’s just me. But if you all think it’s cool hey I’m thinking I’m going to keep giving it to you.” I found myself wondering if Hardison and Chuck Bartowski would hit it off.

Hardison seems to be a comfortable role for Aldis to play, largely due to the fact that he considers them very similar. “I add a lot of my own personality to the character as far as his humor, as far as how he plays in jokes. So I would say we definitely have a kinship there. We’re definitely very, very close. And our lightheartedness as far as our way of thinking, you know, I’m not a thief but I would say that he has a good heart that I try to model after what I would like to be.”

Acting is not Hodge’s only talent and love. He has an obsession with watches. “There’s kinetic watches.There’s watches that are powered by light.There’s watches, you know, with computer chips in them -all that kind of stuff.So I keep up to date on watches and that technology.I go pretty deep into that.” He is also an artist. “I’m a painter. I’ve had a little bit of time to paint. I finished one painting since I’ve been here (Portland, OR). It took me about two months to finish. And I’m trying to work on it but I just haven’t had the time to be diligent like I would prefer.”

Leverage returns for its third season, this Sunday. Its first season came on so strong because it was new and fresh, and people were looking for just that. “In years past, you know, 20 years or ten years past our plan when we’re all done , I believe somebody’s going to look back and say ‘yes that new show out, it’s like that show Leverage’.”

I believe that’s true and Aldis Hodge helped make that happen. He is as unforgettable as his character.

Watch Leverage Sunday, June 20, at 9/8 central, on TNT.

Source: NiceGirlsTV.com

Interview by FanBolt

Interview: Aldis Hodge from ‘Leverage’ by FanBolt

Interview: Aldis Hodge from 'Leverage'

We had a chance to talk to Aldis Hodge, who plays Alec Hardison on TNT’s hit drama “Leverage”. He reveals his favorite episodes, and talks about his fascination with technology and the camaraderie on set.

What was your favorite episode in season 2?

Aldis Hodge: My favorite episode had to have been the “Ice Man” job and then also the “Three Days of Monica Hunter” job. They’re the most fun to do because I got to play different types of characters and got to play a crazy person with the “Three Days of Monica Hunter” job. So I really got to just explore and enjoy my imagination. That was the most fun of it all because I got to push it to the limits in the first new episode.

How similar is the personality of the character you portray, Alec Hardison, from your own? How similar are you guys in real life?

Aldis Hodge: Well I – I’d say we’re pretty similar. I add a lot of my own personality to the character as far as his humor, as far as how he plays in jokes. So I would say we definitely have a kinship there. We’re definitely very, very close. And our lightheartedness as far as our way of thinking, you know, I’m not a thief but I would say that he has a good heart that I try to model after what I would like to be. So yes we’re pretty close. The only thing that he does different that I don’t do is probably the hacking and stealing thing.

With your love for watches does that help you in your role, because Alec is a gadget technological wizard?

Aldis Hodge: Oh it does help me to understand how someone could be so into his craft. Watches, you know, it’s all gears and everything. But I have to know a little something about computers. I have to be a little savvy. It does help me to understand how somebody could be so into- I mean, I want to say it’s a dorky thing but, you know, some people would call me a geek, with my watch and gears and things like that. So we have that mutual understanding, Alec and I.

How much are you guys or how much are you allowed to improvise in the show from the script?

Aldis Hodge: Allowed is a very casual term. Our writers trust us enough to take these characters where we feel they need to go. We respect what’s written. We honor the idea and we respect the theory of the idea. And when it comes to improv we usually improv what we feel is best for the situation or what’s most respectful and relevant to the character and the situation at the time.

I have a rule. I say “give them one straight and give them hell” which means as long as we’ve gota good clean original take on there which is what’s written, then I’m good. After that I play with the scene and we see how I can dress it up, make it colorful and I guess throw a little something, something on there, you know? To flesh out the potential of the scene and the characters in it.

How did you avoid being the nerd on the show?

Aldis Hodge: Because I’m a nerd in real life and I like think that I’m sort of cool. Especially when it comes to TV, there’s a lot of assumption that goes with playing a specific character. When your hear computers or geek or whatever you just automatically think pocket protector, glasses, not very social, always kind of clumsy. You think that kind of a model.

When it came to the pilot and when it came down to me and Dean Devlin, and John Rogers trying figure this character out, we kind of wanted to throw a different spin on it because nowadays computer nerds are coming off as the kind of shape of society, but we’re not just one thing.

And I don’t want the audience to get what they’re already used to having. I wanted to give them something different and something fresh. It’s funny people say there’s a cool vibe there. I feel like I’m kind of dorky and corny sometimes, but that’s just me. But if you all think it’s cool, hey I’m thinking I’m going to keep giving it to you.

I’m trying to figure out a way to really to describe Leverage to folks who haven’t seen it. What’s your quick definition of what this show was really all about?

Aldis Hodge: My quick definition is, you know, a group of criminals who take down corporate bad guys in order to give back to those that they take advantage of. Now, it may take a little figuring out but usually people end up saying “Robin Hood”. They usually say Robin Hood on the very first shot. But you know, a lot of people said that of Oceans 11, with a little “Robin Hood” in there, a little “A Team” in there.

In 20 years, ten years past after the show is done, I believe somebody’s going to look back and say “Yes, that new show out, it’s like that show ‘Leverage’…” So I believe were setting that up a little bit. We have our own identity going, which is a blessing. And, you know, it gets easier to explain this show year by year. But I just say it’s kind of like a modern day Robin Hood.

You have been acting since you were a child. How did you avoid the pitfalls that a lot of the child actors fall into?

Aldis Hodge: Because my mama whipped my behind when she needed to. No my mama was always good. I attribute my career to my mother. She’s always been great. She’s always been very supportive. She was never a stage mom. She never pushed me into doing it. She allowed it to be my choice and she allowed me to find my own way.

But every time there was something that threatened my childhood, you know, she stopped it immediately because the one hard thing about this business was to remain a child. You’re on set, people treat you like an adult. My brother and I did a Broadway show for 2 1/2 years and I was l 8 when we started doing that show. Out of a cast of 100 people, there’s only five children so you’re running around and there’s a lot of people that don’t really notice and they don’t care.

You hear people talking about things and doing things or whatever and it’s not necessarily a horrible environment, it’s a professional environment but it’s also an adult environment. So my mama was always very much a big presence in there. And everybody knew my mother so they always knew to respect us in order to respect her. So she made us aware of our priorities very early on in our lives.

I want to talk about costars. How familiar were you with your fellow actors and actresses before you signed up? I know Timothy Hutton obviously won an Oscar and he’s a big name, but no one else was really too big of a name before this show. Were you familiar with their work and did you go back and study it or anything like that?

Aldis Hodge: I actually wasn’t familiar with anyone.

Did it take a while to form the kind of chemistry you seem to have?

Aldis Hodge: No actually I think there were no barriers, there was no preset notions around anything. So when we got into Chicago to film the pilot we all kind of meshed and gelled. And we were forced to be aliens because we didn’t know Chicago, we didn’t know the city. All we knew was us.

I met everybody in Chicago. I wasn’t aware of anybody else’s work. But as the show went on, you know, we’re running constantly. One of the best compliments we got as far as the pilot goes is a lot of people said it doesn’t look like a pilot, because it seems like you guys have been working together forever.

Was there one moment when you knew that you had a hit show on your hands?

Aldis Hodge: Don’t take this the wrong way, but I don’t know if I’ve really never had that moment. I knew that we had a good show on our hands. I knew that we had a great product going.

But, you know, this business not all the time does the good stuff get through. So I’ve always been on my toes about saying “Okay, look, don’t get lazy.” So you just keep pressing on and don’t ever think about that. I don’t take it like that. Every new season we get picked up is a blessing. Every new show that we’re able to do is a blessing. But I never get comfortable in that yes, you know we’ve got it, we’re good.

You have some earlier print experience. Does that help you in this role? Sometimes it’s like where you guys are standing, it’s choreographed. It reminds me of print ads. It’s like everybody has a choreographed place to stand and I’m just wondering if that helped and is everything choreographed like that?

Aldis Hodge: Well everything is usually set because we have to work off of our camera operator, who is amazing at his job. But you have to know where to go with your person, to find our mark. So yes, we organize it, but it’s not too rehearsed. We just kind of shoot from the hip and see what happens. We never really rehearse the scenes, on average, more than twice. We rehearse to get the words and then after that we let the acting happen as soon as they say “Action”. It feels better that way. It feels more organic for us as actors.

The new season of Leverage premieres on Sunday, June 20 at 9 p.m., 8 p.m. Central on TNT.

Source: Fan Bolt

The Pulse of Entertainment

The Pulse of Entertainment: Actor Aldis Hodge has ‘Leverage’ on TNT


By Eunice Moseley
June 17, 2010 at 08:33 am

Aldis Hodge

*Actor Aldis Hodge starts a third season on the TNT hit series “Leverage” as one in a team of thieves, drifters and con-artists that are highly skilled and out to settle scores against those who use power and wealth to victimize others. Hodge plays Alec Hardison, a gadget and technology wizard who keeps the team informed.

Aldis, like his character, has a love for gadgets, but one type gadget, watches. When asked if that love for watches helped him be the “gadget” man on the team he said, “It does help me understand how someone can be so into his craft. I know a little bit about a computer…some people would call me a geek. I’m a nerd in real life, but people like to think I’m cool. When people think of nerds they think of glasses…that type thing. I wanted to give the audience something else.”

Aldis admitted that the writers on the series trust the actors enough where they can improv where they think it’s best for the character.

“After the original take on what’s written…I play with the character,” Aldis Hodge confined.

Starring with Hodge on TNT’s “Leverage” are team leader Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton (Original People) who plays Nate Ford, a former insurance investigator; Gina Bellman (Coupling) who plays Sophie Devereaux ,a drifter that uses her acting skills to corner her mark; Christian Kane (“Into the West”) who plays Eliot Spencer, a “retrieval specialist” with bone-crushing fighting skills, and Beth Riesgraf (Alvin and the Chipmunks) who plays Parker, a slightly off-centered thief adept at rappelling off buildings or squeezing into tight places.

Last season 4.5 million viewers watched and it ended where the “Leverage” team had scammed a hedge-fund manager who happened to be in the custody of U.S. Marshals; they had used Eliot’s martial arts skills to corner a corrupt fight promoter; took over a private school to recover millions of dollars lost in a Ponzi scheme; went head-to-head with an almost identical team of drifters to recover a painting; took down an oppressive sweat-shop owner; cornered a fake psychic; freed Nate’s ex-wife from a Ukrainian jail; thwarted a gun-running scheme by a corrupt mayor, and left Sophie conflicted about her relationship with Nate and questioning if she wanted to continue working with the team.

“Everything is set. We work off the camera operator to find out mark,” Aldis said when asked about their almost artistic camera positioning of the characters in scenes. “He is great…not too much rehearsal. We don’t table read, we shoot from the hip…let the acting happen…I like it.”

Hodge started acting at age nine, appearing in the Tony Award winning revival “Showboat” on Broadway for 2 ½ years. Through the years to follow he appeared in movies such as Die Hard with a Vengeance, Bed of Roses and Big Momma’s House, and television shows such as “Friday Night Lights,” “Supernatural,” “Girlfriends,” “Bones,” “CSI,” and “Cold Case.”

TNT’s “Leverage,” executively produced by Dean Devlin of Electric Entertainment (Independence Day), returns for a third season beginning with two weeks of back-to-back episodes on Sunday, June 20, 2010 and Sunday, June 27 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Source: Eurweb

Leverage: Hardison Hacks The Planet!

Actor Aldis Hodge talks to IGN about his character’s new Season 3 attitude, his favorite videogames and a groovy new con!

June 17, 2010

by Matt Fowler

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Sunday, June 20th, at 9/8c marks Leverage‘s Season 3 premiere on TNT. Yes, Nate and the his crooked team of crazy thieves are back, but this time there’s a big problem. If you saw the excellent Season 2 finale, “The Maltese Falcon Job,” then you know Nate’s behind bars!!

In our quest to eventually speak to all of Team Leverage (you’re next Gina Bellman!), IGN TV had a chance to chat with the team’s hacker supreme, Hardison. Yes, actor Aldis Hodge told us that Hardison is apparently going to be more aggressive in his pursuit of Parker this season, but don’t let us spoil everything for you here. Check out what actor Aldis Hodge had to say about that, his character’s new attitude, his favorite videogames and his new favorite con!


IGN TV: What can we expect from Hardison this season?

Aldis Hodge: Hardison’s kind of got a bit of a new attitude this season. He’s still really fun and like to keep things light with his joking and laughing, but he’s got a bit more of a “take charge” attitude this time around. He still loves life, but his relationship with Nate has been strained because, as you saw in the Season 2 finale, Nate did a very brave thing for his team, but he also let them down a little bit and so they’ve lost some of the trust they once had in him.

IGN: How does Hardison treat Nate then afterwards?

Hodge: Hardison’s got more of a take charge ballsy attitude with Nate and trying to get him back in shape and he’s also got more of a ballsy attitude with his crush on Parker. It’s not all lovey-dovey puppy eyes anymore. It’s more like “hey, the ball’s in your court so if you want me come and get me.” He’s been given a little bit more direction this season and he’s being a little bit more firm about who he is and who he is to the team.

IGN: Would you consider yourself to be pretty computer-literate, like Hardison?

Hodge: I’m becoming computer savvy. More video game savvy and gear savvy really than anything. I design things and I watch architect stuff so I’m into that element, which then brings me to computers, but I’m still learning. Learning along the way. After three years you’d think I’d picked up something by now.

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Hodge, as Hardison, practicing geometry.

IGN: You mentioned videogames. What games are you playing right now?

Hodge: I just picked up Red Dead Redemption. It’s kind of an addicting game. It’s actually pretty dope. I picked up Prince of Persia. My only complaint with that game is that I, like, finished it in two days. I’m still working on Final Fantasy. I love that. I’m a big fan of that series. I got Infamous which is actually a really fun game to play and I got the new UFC game and me and my brother do the online thing – with Call of Duty too. We’re big time into that series. We’re always going back and forth online. I’m up here, he’s in LA – because we shoot in Portland, Oregon – so we go back and forth and it’s pretty cool, man.

IGN: Tease us a little. What’s been your favorite new con this season?

Hodge: Well, I have to watch my back because I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but there’s this one new con so far where Hardison has to go back into his history of music and re-visit that part of his life because he has some musical talent. And so that was a really fun time and I had to actually practice in real life but they forced me to step my game up a little bit because the music I had to play was very difficult. I had to get myself in shape and play like a master for two weeks. Yeah, that was a great con. I love the way that episode is structured too because we do one entire act without saying any words. It’s just music. It’s awesome the way it turns out. It’s pretty dope. I think it’s the second episode this season, but that might change.

IGN: There are a lot of new “Robin Hood”-type series in development right now. What is it about these types of shows that people latch onto?

Hodge: A lot of us kind of feel like an underdog most of the time and we want to think there’s someone out there who’s looking out for us. We want to look out for ourselves too in many ways and there are a lot of things that our team does on the show that people would like to do in real life. As far as these other shows go, all I have to say is, hey, when you’re successful and you do it right and you’ve got all the right ingredients and you put up the right blueprint, a lot of people follow suit. It’s just like how there are a lot of vampire shows coming out right now, because there were certain vampire series that were successful. So for all the shows coming out now that might be influenced or modeled after our show, I thank you for the compliment.


Leverage returns this Sunday, June 20th, with two new back-to-back episodes – “The Jailhouse Job” and “The Reunion Job.”

Source: IGN TV

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