Timothy Hutton Steals Our Hearts in Leverage

“The rich and powerful take what they want,” explains a wind-whipped Nathan Ford in the title sequence of Leverage. “We steal it back for you.” It’s his need to punish corrupt wealthy folk that inspired ex-insurance man Ford (played by a nicely weathered Timothy Hutton) to gather up four talented crooks and persuade them to apply their talents to something soul-soothing: altruism. Though, not the charity dinner/sponsored mountain-climb-in-your-underwear kind.

We don’t get to see much of Hutton in the UK (the last time was on Kidnapped) but watching him fill up the screen on Leverage (every Tuesday on Bravo at 8pm) reminds you just how capable he is as a dishevelled, petulant leading man. His newly craggy looks help. He’s 50 now, so sports some take-me-serious facial bloating and a pair of training-jowls.

In Leverage, Ford’s band of wrong’uns sets about helping the defencelessly ripped off or tragedy-struck take back their money, pride and whatever else they need to move on with their lives. The team is like a pack of warped superheroes, each with a special skill. There’s pretty British grifter Sophie (Gina Bellman), Elliot the enforcer (Christain Kane), cat burglar Parker (Beth Riesgraf) and Alec (Aldis Hodge), an extreme-hacker and gizmo-builder. The supporting characters, who range from sweetly selfish to sociopathic, gel well but it’s their boss who has the smarts to keep them together and out of prison.

Hutton’s Ford is the gang’s best brain and their moral centre. Without him you’re not sure that the proceeds from their charity cons will end up with the needy. He’s the only member without a crooked past, plus he has a knack for planning attacks that merge their individual talents into one cohesive con.

Leverage’s leader may be charismatic, kind and a good organiser but he has problems. He’s an alcoholic with a tragic back-story. Ford’s former insurance company employer wouldn’t pay out for his young son’s cancer treatment and he died. So while Leverage majors in scams and escapades, Ford’s sad history gives the show meaty drama it needs not to be dismissed as clowning criminal daftness. Although it is that too. No one ever dies or gets seriously hurt, and scenes in which we’re supposed to think they might quickly descend into comedy chases and laugh-in-death’s-fat-face banter.

Ford may be the only one of the five miscreants who’s believable, but it’s the friction between the deliberately layer-lacking, cartoon crooks and a man who’s in touch with his own darkness that entitles Leverage to be described as more than a daft A-team tribute.

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I absolutely Love Leverage, My cousin James has actually been in a few episodes and is the stunt man for the show which is actually what turned me on to the show in the first place. He told me to watch the show because he was going to be in one where he would get fire blown at his face. I wasn't sure which episode it was so I started from the very beginining and watched every episode. I absolutely love leverage. He was in the episode the Zanzibar Marketplace and then again in the second season as a FBI agent that get Tazed. How cool is that. Any how, I love the show, and the acting and all of the characters. Too bad we didn't have some guys like this actually working on our side.
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This writer needs to be fired, she constantly makes mistakes in her articles and talks utter rubish at the best of times. I think she is after reactions though? surely? Staff Writer HA I could do a much better job., infact my 2 year old daugher could do a better job!
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It is not their option I am disagreeing with its the lack of actual facts about the show. Using incorrect names for characters and not being fair to the show. Its as if the writer watch only a pilot or 1 episode and making it all about one character rather than the team that it is. it is not opinion to state that a show is all about one character when the fact is it is not - A fact and a opinion cannot be the same thing. I am tired of reading articles with errors or bias.
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Not quite sure what your problem is with this review. It seems to be about how great Mr Hutton is in Leverage which is fair enough and totally true, imo! She's not dismissing the other characters at all. Seems a bit deranged to accuse someone of being a bad writer because you disagree with their opinion. Sort it out!!
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I would love some feedback from the writer of this so-called article
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Again with the bad reporting. Your headline is a load of bull , the show iis about all of the characters not just Nathan. Either give balanced view or have the guts to say you are a bad writer who manipulates the facts to fit the story you want to write. Sort it out!
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i totally agree
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Has the writer of this actually watched Leverage? Alec is known as Hardison, \i can not remember the last time he was refereed to as Alec. I find all the characters, once you get to know them and their back-story are indeed believable , even if some of the scams are debatable. Final point; Leverage is a great show
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