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Aldis Previews “The Double Blind Job”

Leverage‘s Aldis Hodge Previews “The Double Blind Job”

Jul 11, 2010 03:05 PM ET
by Aldis Hodge

Hey, TV Guide. Leverage is back with another heater for you guys.

In this week’s episode, “The Double Blind Job”, the Leverage team works against a crooked pharmaceutical company on the verge of releasing a lethal concoction in the form of a new wonder drug all for the pursuit of money.

This mission was brought to our table by a girl (Katie Lowes) whose sister was a victim of the drug. We take her case and, unbeknownst to him, Hardison takes her heart which puts Parker in a very odd position – it’s the first time she realizes that she may actually have feelings for Hardison. Wonder what this means for the two of them…

We had a great time filming this episode. Katie Lowes was a great guest star and her character got up close and personal with the team – we’ve never let a client get this involved. This will be a very fun episode for you guys.

Catch you later.

Aldis

Source: Aldis Hodge@Aldis Hodge

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Hardison and Parker Soon Will Steal a Moment

‘Leverage’ Star: Hardison and Parker Soon Will Steal a Moment

by Matt Webb Mitovich
Jul 9th, 2010 

If there’s one thing that TNT’s highly enjoyable ‘Leverage‘ (Sundays at 9/8c) has over the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ movies that precede it, it’s the sexually charged hints of somethin’-somethin’ between team members, be they Nate and Sophie or Hardison and Parker.

Will the hacker ever boot up actual romance with the thief? As part of this Fancast feature Q&A, Aldis Hodge shares a peek at a heist that might prove heavenly in that regard.

I have to wonder, how much violin did you need to learn for the last episode, “The Scheherazade Job”?
I know that whole solo. I only had to practice it to time it right with the prerecorded music. I play it terribly, but I play it!

Will the show revisit Nate and his new “hypnotism” skill, or was that a one-off?
There’s the possibility it might happen again. Nate is a different person this season, and we’re all still trying to figure out who he is since prison. I mean, the fact that he did it in the first place was pretty ballsy! You don’t con your own team. You don’t use your own team as a pawn.

Do your family and friends assume you’re savvy with a computer? Everyone thinks I’m computer-savvy! They’re just lines on a show, and I’m an actor, so I act like I know what I’m talking about. I’m very basic with computers…

You know enough to “tweet” once or twice a week.
Yeah, I forget about Twitter sometimes. Then I realize, “Wait a minute…” I’ve got to get with it.

Hardison is of course the team’s hacker. But what would you say his second-best skill set is?
He’s definitely had his moments as a grifter. As far as this team goes, that’s his next-best asset. And you know, he just might be a good planner, too.

I was watching video on Facebook of you with kali fighting sticks. Hardison could be a hitter!
I’ve been a martial artist since I was six years old. That’s my sport, man. I grew up fighting. Its weird now, people now assume I can’t move! That I can’t take a hit! Yo, I’m an actor. What I really do is get down now and then with the bare knuckles. I love fighting – as a sport. Not street fighting. I stay away from that at all costs.

That’s good for the writers to know, that in a pinch they could hand Hardison a broken pool cue and have him fend off a baddie.
Sadly I don’t think Hardison is very smooth with the fighting. He might break out a stick, but he might hurt himself in the process.

I get a lot of reader mail asking if things will ever “spark” between Hardison and Parker (played by Beth Riesgraf). Is anything coming up?
There’s definitely something coming up, in the episode on July 11, “The Double Blind Job.” You get to see a bit of a crack in Parker’s feelings for Hardison. She gets to understand more about who he is. But we can’t give the fans too much too soon. We’ve got to give them bit-by-bit, or there’d be nothing interesting about it.

Which of the upcoming guest stars do you get to work with?
Of course in the very first episode [of the season] we had my brother, Edwin Hodge. Coming up we have Malese Jow, who a lot of fans know from ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ We’re also shooting an episode with Wil Wheaton, who is reprising his role of Chaos….

Before we go, give us one last tease about what’s coming up for Hardison.
I’ll say this: I know a lot of fans dig the Eliot (Christian Kane)-Hardison relationship, and we have a couple episodes where were stuck together. In one, he and Eliot are stuck running through the woods all day… It’s a lot of fun.

Source: FanCast

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Aldis at Supernatural Convention in NJ

“Supernatural” fans can gather at weekend convention
Friday, July 9, 2010

SPOTLIGHT ON … SUPERNATURAL CONVENTION

MISHA COLLINS     ALDIS HODGE

MISHA COLLINS ALDIS HODGE

The “Salute to ‘Supernatural’ Convention” gives fans of the TV show a place to come together this weekend.

THE SHOW: “Supernatural” follows two demon-hunting brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester (played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), as they struggle with the paranormal. More than mystical activity, “Supernatural” focuses on connections between characters.

“It’s about the relationship of the characters and how they look out for each other,” says Gary Berman, co-founder of Creation Entertainment. “We’ve been running conventions for 40 years, and ‘Supernatural’ is one of those shows that really captured the passion of its audience.”

THE FANS: “Supernatural” attracts “a good core solid group of fans,” says Berman. “The audience is very loyal to the show.”

THE CONVENTION: Super-fans compete in costume contests, test their trivia knowledge and can bid in auctions for collectibles. There will also be some sneak peeks of new sci-fi television shows and motion pictures.

ON THE BILL: On Friday: Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster) and Alona Tal (Jo Harvelle). On Saturday: Misha Collins (Castiel), Travis Wester (Harry Spangler) and Aldis Hodge (Jake Talley). On Sunday: Collins, Rob Benedict (Chuck Shurley), Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester) and Katherine Boecher (Lillith).

ANYTHING SPOOKY PLANNED? “It gets pretty weird at the costume contest, that’s a little supernatural,” laughs Berman.

UNCONVENTIONAL WEEKEND: “It’s a break from the reality of your normal workweek,” says Berman, who began as a convention attendee and science fiction fan. “These memories don’t go away, and hopefully we’ve created a lot of nice memories for a lot of nice people.”

MUSICAL INTERLUDE: Steve Carlson performs 9 p.m. Saturday. Carlson, who has recorded in the past with Ackles, “has developed a nice following among the ‘Supernatural’ fans,” says Berman. Separate tickets required.

DETAILS: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Hilton Parsippany Hotel, 1 Hilton Court, Parsippany. Friday $20, Saturday and Sunday $30; Steve Carlson concert $20, children 12 and under $15. 818-409-0960 or creationent.com.

~~Catherine Trautwein

Source: NewJersey.com

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‘Leverage’ goes classical with ‘The Scheherazade Job’

‘Leverage’ goes classical with ‘The Scheherazade Job’

Posted on Friday, Jun 25, 2010 By Alan Sepinwall
'Leverage' goes classical with 'The Scheherazade Job'

 

Aldis Hodge as Hardison in “Leverage.”

Credit: TNT

While I blog about a lot of TV shows, there are even more shows that I watch and don’t write about, whether for scheduling reasons or because, while I like them, there isn’t necessarily enough meat there to merit episode-by-episode analysis. (This is known in my corner of the TV blogging game as “The ‘NCIS’ Factor.”)

One of those shows is TNT’s “Leverage,” which is a fun caper series I always mean to write about on occasion but usually get so far behind in my viewing that it doesn’t seem worth the bother just to talk about how sweet it was when Eliot beat up 17 guys with one arm dislocated behind his back.

I did, however, get to see the second of Sunday’s two episodes (TNT is running double-headers at 9 & 10 for at least the first few weeks of this season), and it’s a pretty cool one, about which I’ll have a few thoughts after the jump.

Not only does it guest star Giancarlo Esposito from “Breaking Bad” as an aspiring African dictator in need of some Nate Ford humbling, but the episode takes advantage of one of Aldis Hodge’s many hidden talents(*) by putting Hardison in a situation where he has to play a violin solo at a concert to help the crew pull off a heist.

(*) The summer that “Leverage” launched, Fienberg and I approached Hodge at Turner’s press tour party, mainly so we could gab about his stint as Ray “Voodoo” Tatum on “Friday Night Lights.” (And so we could use the phrase “Ray ‘Voodoo’ Tatum” as often as possible in a 10-minute conversation.) Instead, we mainly wound up talking about Hodge’s many, many, many outside talents and projects. Among the ones we can remember him listing are a black belt in some martial art (he said he hoped there would be a Hardison/Eliot fight scene one day so he can Christian Kane could see who was really the baddest), watch repair, screenwriting and, we think, aircraft design. Even if he could really only do half the things he claimed, he’d be in serious renaissance man territory, and “Leverage” co-creator Chris Downey says he wrote this episode to pay off a promise he made in season one to find a way to work Hodge’s violin skills into an episode.

There are the usual fake identities and fight scenes and double-reverses, but what makes “The Scheherazade Job” more notable than your average “Leverage” is that a good chunk of the heist sequence (including one of the better Eliot fight scenes they’ve done) is filmed largely without dialogue, and is instead accompanied by the classical piece Hardison is playing. I complain sometimes about shows (particularly those on ABC) that lean too heavily on their musical scores to tell you how to feel about certain scenes, but this is a more traditional, very effective use of score to make this particular job stand out from the many others we’ve seen Nate pull off in episodes past.

Alan says check it out if you’re around on Sunday at 10 (or if you have one of those newfangled DVR thingees).
Source: Hit Fix

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