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Aldis Hodge on Leverage: Ocean’s 11 Meets Robin Hood!

Battling through an illness, Leverage star Aldis Hodge joined TV Fanatic and other media outlets on a conference call today.

In anticipation of this show’s third season premiere on Sunday night, we asked the actor about his character, his interest in watches and whether or not certain past characters would return this summer. His responses follow…

On the return of Rick Overton or Jeri Ryan: I’m not certain on Jeri. She’s actually on a new series now [Body of Proof], so we’d absolutely love to have her back, but it could be difficult. As for Overton, the audience loves Taggert, so we wanna give the audience what they love. I’ll leave it at that.

What were his favorite episodes of season two? “The Ice Man Job” and “The Three Days Of The Hunter Job.” They were the most fun because I got to play different types of characters. I got to explore and enjoy my imagination.

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On how his affection for watches relates to his character: Hey, some people would call me a geek because I’m really into cool catches. That helps me understand how someone like Alec could be so into a hobby, like gadgets and stuff. We have a mutual understanding in that regard.

How else is he like character? We have a kinship in our light-heartedness. I’m not a thief [laughs], but Alec has a good heart and in those ways is modeled after what I’d like to be. The hacking and stealing thing is the only thing different than what I do. I’m definitely a loudmouth that talks all the time like he is.

On making his character cool: Hey, nerds rule the world! Look at it this way: there are a lot of supposedly cool players on sports teams, but the nerds own the teams!

What is Leverage really all about? A group of criminals that takes down corporate bad guys to get back at them for the people they take advantage of. People compare it to Ocean’s 11 with a little Robin Hood in there, a little A-Team in there.

On knowing Leverage had made it as a hit show: I’ve never really had that moment. I just don’t let myself look at it that way. I wanna remain grounded and I feel blessed for how well the show has done, but I don’t wanna take any of it for granted, so I just go in everyday and keep working as hard as ever.

Source: TVFanatic

Aldis confirms attendance at Asylum 5

From Asylum 5’s website:
Introducing our 5th Supernatural Convention

We are pleased to announce that we are holding our 5th Supernatural Convention under the name ASYLUM. It takes place on the weekend of 29th – 31st October 2010 and we are returning to the fantastic Hilton Metropole Hotel adjacent to the NEC Complex in Birmingham.

ALDIS HODGE CONFIRMS FOR A5

We are pleased to welcome our fifth guest for Asylum. Aldis Hodge played Jake Talley in the second season of the TV series. Jake is one of the ‘Special Children’ visited by the Yellow Eyed Demon when he was a child. He has super human strength and is telepathic. Aldis has also been appearing as a main cast member in the popular TV series Leverage as Alec Hardison since 2008. Aldis joins already announced guests Misha Collins, Julie McNiven, Richard Speight, Jr and Fredric Lehne for Asylum 5.

Two Cents and Five Questions for Aldis Hodge

You’ve probably seen him on a dozen different TV shows without knowing it – from Supernatural to Friday Night Lights – but Aldis Hodge has made his mark as wisecracking hacker Alec Hardison on TNT’s bustout hit Leverage.

Beginning its third season June 20, Leverage has already spawned its own convention and has even been the answer to a question on Jeopardy!. Hodge was kind enough to sit down with me exclusively on Friday to talk about what a ride it’s been and where he might be headed in Season 3.

TheTwoCents: This is what could be called your “breakout” role – describe what that’s been like for you.
Aldis Hodge: The show’s been great. I love my job, love what I do. It’s just a great opportunity to learn and to plan for what’s coming next. There are a lot of great people to learn from – Dean Devlin, John Rogers.

TTC: Talk about having to work with those mouthfuls of technical dialogue.
AH: It forces me to enunciate and speak clearly. John Rogers is a physicist so ninety-five percent of what I say, he can actually do. None of that bores me. I just try to make it as exciting to the audience as I can. Because the spy stuff – that really is interesting. It’s just getting it out tere.

TTC: What’s been your biggest challenge with this role so far? Is there anything you’d like to tackle that you haven’t yet?
AH: My biggest challenge was playing the violin. They wanted to write [that into an episode]. They didn’t tell me how difficut the piece was that I had to play. I’m still a novice with my instrument and the piece was pretty difficult. I practiced a lot. I think you might see that on our premiere night or our second episode.

TTC: In Season 3, are we going to see more of Hardison stepping out of the traditional hacker role like he did briefly in Season 2 (with “The Ice Man Job” and “The Lost Heir Job”)?
AH: Possibly. Hardison is on a bit of a different mission now. In the first season he was like why is he doing this job. [Now] he’d like to maybe run his own crew, so he’s taking his job a bit more seriously. He’s paying more attention to what everyone else does.

TTC: What’s ahead for the Hardison/Parker and Hardison and Eliot dynamics in Season 3?
AH: We have one great episode where Hardison and Parker go back and forth on their feelings. He’s been there with the puppy dog eyes trying to kick in her door and find out what she’s about, and she won’t let him. But there starts to be some understanding, and that maybe there’s something there for her, too.

[With Hardison and Eliot] I’ll just say there’s an episode where Christian and I are forced to be together the entire time. I was excited when I read it. I went to him and said, “I have some ideas,” and he was all “Let’s roll with it.” The audience knows they’re going to see us coming at each other and arguing and fun times. We enjoy doing it because we know what the audience likes.

TTC: Talk about the fans and the show’s explosion of popularity.
AH: We were all very surprised at that. We had a great time. We just had our first convention, which is something more for sci-fi shows, and we’re a spy show. We had the opportunity to meet our fans. We have a lot of people who support us, shooting in Portland, which is amazing. With a TV show it’s kind of a crapshoot, you hope that it works or you go on to the next one. But we have a lot of people who support us.

TTC: If you could play any other role on the show, which one would it be?
AH: I don’t know. I dig Hardison. He can break into people’s bank accounts and steal all the money he wants. Maybe Parker. Since she gets to do all the acrobatics and stuff.

TTC: So no more hanging you off anything in Season 3?
AH: You never know.

Leverage begins its third season Sunday, June 20 on TNT. The second-season DVDs are available now at all major retailers. Go pick them up – you won’t be disappointed. And a special thanks to Aldis for taking the time to chat with me about one of cable’s hottest series!

Brittany Frederick – Staff Writer
brittanyfrederick@thetwocentscorp.com

Source The Two Cents

The 10 Best Geeks (or Geek Teams) in Film and TV

The 10 Best Geeks (or Geek Teams) in Film and TV from TubeCentric written by Martin L. Shoemaker

1. We start with the uber-geek, the inspiration for all other geeks: Scotty (James Doohan). No matter the technical challenge Captain Kirk threw at him, he found a way to pull it off (and then spent days fixing the consequences after). Perhaps the ultimate Scotty exchange comes from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock:

Kirk: How long to re-fit?
Scotty: Eight weeks. But you don’t have eight weeks, so I’ll do it for you in two.
Kirk: Do you always multiply your repair estimates by a factor of four?
Scotty: How else to maintain my reputation as a miracle worker?

And anyone who really believes Scotty was padding his estimates, is missing the joke here.

2. It’s almost impossible to mention Scotty without mentioning his Next Generation counterpart, Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton). Where Scotty works often by the seat of his kilt, Geordi is the consummate polished professional. Nothing in his engine room happens by accident. If the Federation hadn’t eliminated money, Geordi could probably run his engine room at a profit! This polish and professionalism causes him some consternation in Star Trek: First Contact when he meets his idol, Zefram Cochrane, and finds his hero has feet of clay – and a liver of gin!

I find Geordi very persuasive as an engineer geek, because he’s at the top of his game when he’s managing his engines, yet completely frustrated when he deals with people – female people especially. He’s so used to a world of forces and equations to balance them that he tries to bring that approach to his relationships with people. Yet when he relaxes and just is himself, there’s no more reliable friend anywhere on the Enterprise.

I also like the way Geordi programs the Enterprise computers: by speech, and by drawing and gesturing on a large panel. This is the wave of the future, fellow geeks, and it’s a lot closer than you may think!

Bonus geek: the aforementioned Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell), a geek who’s burned out and would rather get drunk than deal with his work.

3. Leverage isn’t technically science fiction, perhaps; but it’s pretty close, thanks to Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge). His wondrous bugs and earphones and other surveillance devices are just a tad more powerful than anything you’ll find on (or off!) the market today. Oh, sure, most of what his technology does is possible – I can even do some of it myself – but Hardison’s technology always works faster and more effectively than real world stuff ever does. I have yet to see him spend all night chasing a bug. (Spending all night playing World of Warcraft, however…)

When he’s trying to con a mark, Hardison is probably the coolest, smoothest geek you’ve ever seen. He can fast talk like nobody’s business. Yet when he relaxes with his friends, he only thinks he’s cool. Actually, he’s transparently under confident, and compensating by boasting or getting defensive. Somehow that makes him more charming and believable.

Source: TubeCentric by Martin L. Shoemaker

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