Thursday, January 8, 2009

I Like TNT's Leverage, But Aldis Hodge ...

I've been watching TNT's Leverage, once while it was actually on and the rest of the time On Demand. I like the show. It's sort of AMC's Hustle flipped for Americans, but I haven't warmed to Aldis Hodge yet, the black guy who plays the character Alec Hardison, a computer wiz. He needs some more acting lessons, seriously, or perhaps a little redirection. He's inauthentic and seems to be doing a weak impersonation of Will Smith instead of playing the Hardison character. Every time Hodge utters, "Aww, hell no!," I cringe.

It's cool that the computer geek is a black guy in this show and not the muscle, but I want to see Hodge grow and drop the Will Smith imitation. So, Aldis, look within you to find your character, not at Independence Day or I, Robot. Even Smith's learning to do less Smith.

Here's a scene from the first episode of Leverage that includes Hodge.



The white guy who comes to his rescue is actor Christian Kane who plays Eliot Spencer. I first liked Kane in Joss Whedon's Angel as Lindsey McDonald. And yes, the older white guy you see is Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton. I adored him when I was a teen.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

HODGE, You are fantastic and your acting skills are good. You are still learning and growing do not allow anyone to rain on your parade.

Xavier said...

i JUST stumbled upon "Leverage" today while wrapping my last "last minute" gifts sitting in front of the tv. I was pleasantly surprised ... at both the fact that my tv was on TNT and that I found myself enthralled by a TNT show!
Anywho, I found myself studying Hodge's character. After, I wiki'd him and then googled him to find out who, exactly, he was, I was left mad at the writers. I agree that his acting is subpar with the cliche exclamations but why is it that the black guy needs those quips? As if, if he weren't saying "True dat," we'd forget he was the Black guy on the show. He can be his character without the stereotypical qualifiers/indicators...
For a minute, I thought that the acting may be his inability to connect with that corny dialogue but isn't that what actors do??? LOL - so I guess writers and actor alike have growing to do... he's charismatic with tons of potential though

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

@Xavier: I've seen Hodge in other shows and he's a talented actor. So, maybe the director of Leverage is directing him poorly, and possibly the writers are off, too, as you suggest.