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Transcript of Interview with Timothy Hutton 5/24/10
I was very busy the last few weeks and didn't even have
time to read my email. I am still kicking myself because I missed this
interview! I love him. He is great. An Oscar winner, too! Argh!
At least we have the transcript. Leverage is a fun show and everyone
should watch it!! It returns Sunday, June 20, on TNT, so don't forget!
Operator: Good day everyone and welcome to the Timothy
Hutton conference call. Today's conference is being recorded.
If you would like to ask a question today, you may do so by pressing the
star key followed by the digit 1 on your touchtone telephone. If using a
speakerphone, please make sure the mute function is turned off so that
signal can reach our equipment. Once again to ask a question, please
press star 1. So that everyone has an opportunity to ask a question we
are asking that you limit yourself to one question. If you would like to
ask a follow-up question, you will have to re-signal.
At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Miss Maya
Brooks. Please go ahead, ma'am.
Maya Brooks: Good afternoon. Thank you so much for joining the Timothy
Hutton conference call in support of Leverage season three. Leverage
season three will begin on Sunday June 20 with back-to-back episodes
airing at 9:00 pm.
Timothy, the call is now turned over to you. Please – excuse me,
participants please press star 1 to ask a question.
Operator: And as a reminder to the audience if you would like to ask a
question at this time, please press star 1. Again, we ask that you
please limit yourself to one question and if you would like to re-signal
for a follow-up please do so.
We will take our first question from Jamie Steinberg with Starry
Constellation Magazine. Please go ahead.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi, it's a pleasure to speak with you again.
Timothy Hutton: Hey, how you doing?
Jamie Steinberg: I'm good. Thank you. I was wondering this season
who are some of the guest stars we get to see you play around with?
Timothy Hutton: Well this year we've got some, just like last year, we
have some really great guest stars. We've got Michael O'Keefe, (Jen
Carlos Espisito), John Schneider, (Arry Gross), Richard Chamberlain,
Clancy Brown and yes got some great people that have joined us this
Jamie Steinberg: Great.
Operator: And we'll take our next question from Brittany Frederick with
TheTwoCents.com. Please go ahead.
Brittany Frederick: Hi, Tim. When I interviewed Dean Devlin a couple of
months ago he said he was really surprised at how much comedy you were
able to bring to the role of Nate Ford that he hadn't really thought
about. Can you talk about the more comedic aspects of the role and how
you balance that with the dramatic plot?
Timothy Hutton: Well one of the things that the show – it sort of has
evolved into is it's you know it's not just strictly you know this heavy
drama or a caper show you know pulling off these cons and heists.
I think it started with the kind of the chemistry and the rapport that
the cast had with each when we were shooting the pilot in Chicago. We
used to just you know crack each other up and pull pranks on one another
and we just had a very easy kind of fun way with one another.
And it kind of spilled onto the set a little bit and we used in the
pilot and in season one used to improv and some nice banter started to
develop and so that's kind of how it happened. And the writers picked up
on it and thought oh OK well we can have some fun with this.
And it's been great because the show has, for me, has a nice balance
between you know we learn a lot about Nate's back story and there have
certainly been some big moments of you know drama with exploring his
life and that character but there is also within the cons with each of
us taking on roles within the roles we're playing I think it's lent
itself to some good comedy moments.
Operator: And we'll take our next question from Jenny Rardon with
TVIsMyPacifier.com. Please go ahead.
Jenny Rardon: Hi, thanks for talking to us today. I had a question about
Nate and Sophie. They kissed in the season two finale. What will be
going on with them at the start of season three?
Timothy Hutton: Well at the start of season three what happens with Nate
and Sophie is they find it very difficult to talk about the kiss that
happened on the ship there. And you know Sophie wants to talk about the
kiss and Nate wants to talk about the slap. As I said one time before
it’s sort of – that’s the nature of their relationship right there you
know a kiss followed by a slap.
But both gestures having you know quite great meaning for both of them
but it’s something that’s dealt with in season three. They come upon it
when they’re alone and they sort of dance around the issue a little bit
but there’s some nice moments of them trying to figure out what’s going
on between the two of them as season three goes on.
Female: Great thank you.
Timothy Hutton: Thank you.
Operator: We will take our next question from Fred Topel with Hollywood
News; please go ahead.
Fred Topel: Hello thanks for doing this call. Are we going to see more
of the sort of wild disheveled Nate or any touches of the put himself
back together Nate we saw a little bit of him in season two?
Timothy Hutton: I think with season three you’re going to see very
determined Nate Ford you know a man on a mission. He gets out of – he
gets in jail and he’s determined once he gets out if he gets out we
don’t want to really say whether he does or not. But he’s determined to
really take on much bigger cases and to get the team you know reunited
and kick off season three as sort of a man on a mission.
So the drinking and being disheveled and not really being in control of
anything is something that is going to be put aside for the time being.
It’s certainly comes up again during the third season based on issues
that happened in Nate’s life that sort of come out of the woodwork.
There’s sort of a haunting figure that we never thought – never expected
we would see but someone comes out of the shadows and comes back into
Nate’s life and we really learn a lot about why Nate is the way he is.
And that’s going to perhaps you know put him into a state again that
we’ve seen before.
Operator: We’ll take our next call question from Eric Meers with U
Interview.com please go ahead.
Eric Meers: Hi, thanks for taking time to talk to us. My question is
season three begins in prison and I was wondering if you could tell us a
little bit, about how you filmed those scenes. Did you film it in an
actual prison and what sort of preparation you did for that?
Timothy Hutton: Well the – yes, season three begins with Nate in prison
and we found this amazing place that was built and never finished here
in the Portland, Oregon area this very high tech prison that they never
completed. But this one wing was and now it’s used – a lot of the prison
is used for office space, which is kind of unusual but this one sort of
wing we took over and there weren’t any real inmates.
But we had many extras for those scenes and we filmed those scenes you
know here in Portland. And it was you know it was – each show is a 7 day
shoot and I think we were in the prison 5 of those 7 days and it was a
great – for me it was a great way to start the season three to have Nate
in jail. And him wanting to – if he’s going to get out of jail has to be
– it has to happen after he takes care of something that’s very
important to him that’s going on inside the prison.
Operator: We’ll take our next question from Jay Jacobs with
PopEntertainment.com; please go ahead.
Jay Jacobs: Hey Timothy; how are you doing?
Timothy Hutton: Good; how are you?
Jay Jacobs: Good. I was like really pretty shocked when I was looking
into this to see this is actually the 30th anniversary of Ordinary
People. I was wondering – yes, when you got that role could you have
ever imagined that you’d still be working at this 30 years later. And
have you heard if they’re doing anything for the anniversary rerelease
or special addition or anything?
Timothy Hutton: Yes you know I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything a
couple of things have come up but I haven’t heard anything if Paramount
is doing anything or if Redford’s doing anything. I remember when the
25th anniversary came and went I thought oh, it would have been a good
opportunity and 20th anniversary – but yes, I can’t believe it’s 30
years. Did I expect that I’d still be at well I don’t know around the
time I was doing Ordinary People you know I still wasn’t sure that was
the path that I wanted to be on or was going to stay on. So yes, I guess
it’s kind of amazing to me that I’m still at it and feel very fortunate
that this became my line of work.
Operator: We’ll take our next question from Courtney Shincke with Raked
Reviews; please go ahead.
Courtney Shincke: Hi; how are you doing?
Timothy Hutton: Good; you?
Courtney Shincke: Good. I was wondering the show has always had this
distinction between being an honest man and a thief. Now that Nate has
become I’m curious to know if we’re actually going to see a change in
the way he acts this season.
Timothy Hutton: Well, yes, I think that the biggest change once he
declared at the end of season two my name is Nate Ford and I’m a thief.
Once he declared that, I think what we see in the beginning of season
three is a much more determined sober in many ways man who is just
absolutely determined to help as many people as he can.
And to take down the worst most you know horrible people that are
ripping people off taking advantage of people and he doesn’t care how
powerful they are or even who they are or what they are. I mean you’ll
see in the third season that the team takes on drug cartels, takes on
governments, they’ll take down anybody and they’re just – they’re
fearless. And the means by which they do it are very clever and very
And you know, Nate Ford now that he’s declared that now that he kind of
accepts who he is he is absolutely you know a man on a mission. And he
will you know stop at no end you know he’ll just keep at it until he can
you know square things off with people who have been ripped off in some
Operator: As a reminder to the listening audience if you would like to
ask a question or if you have a follow up question for Mr. Hutton,
please press star 1 on touchtone telephone. And we will take a follow up
question from Brittany Frederick with the twocents.com; please go ahead.
Brittany Frederick: I was wondering if you could talk about working with
Mark Sheppard that adversarial relationship and whether or not we’re
going to see Sterling back in the third season.
Timothy Hutton: We’ll certainly see Sterling back I don’t know if it’ll
be the third season or not. Mark is such a wonderful actor and everybody
wants him on their show so you know we’re just waiting in line. We’re
hoping that he has time to do our show he’s been so great in the show
and great for the dynamic of the story telling of you know Nate and
Maggie and the way he kind of brought Nate into you know Maggie getting
set up for being held hostage last year.
It's the writers loved it when Sterling shows up and Nate has a, you
know, a good counter. So you know I'm sure we'll see Sterling again.
It's been a, you know, real pleasure working with Mark and he brings a
lot to the show.
Operator: OK, we'll take a follow up question with Jenny Rardon with
TvIsMyPacifier.com. Please go ahead.
Jenny Rardon: Hi; are there any upcoming back story ups for other
members of the team since we've already had several for Nate?
Timothy Hutton: I'm sorry; could you say that again?
Jenny Rardon: I'm wondering if there are any back story ups like you
know where we learn more about before they got on the team or whatever
since we've already seen for Nate.
Timothy Hutton: Yes. You know one of the things that is happening in the
third season which has been great, is the first six or seven shows are
very much about learning who Hardison is, where he came from.
There's a Parker episode where we learn a lot about her past and her
background and we meet her mentor who is Richard Chamberlain. We learn a
lot about Sophie in one of the episodes and a lot about Christian Kane's
character, Eliot in a show we did about the Memphis music biz and a
corrupt music producer played by John Schneider.
So it's – what the writers have done is they've really set season three
up and really set the table nicely where you're given, not just in quick
little flashbacks but almost dedicated episodes that really explore each
of the characters in depth.
Operator: OK, we'll take a follow up question from Fred Topel with
Hollywood News. Please go ahead.
Fred Topel: Hello again. As you're doing season three of the show and it
looks like this will probably last a good few years, how comfortable are
you in the TV world?
Timothy Hutton: Well to me it's just a great job. It's a great work
environment. I'm working with wonderful actors on a great network of TNT
and it's just a really good situation.
Great writing and fun character, complex character, so many different
directions the show could go in and the group dynamic is wonderful, the
fact that they all you know become this kind of dysfunctional family and
you know it's – you know I hope it lasts you know a good while longer.
I really like doing the show and it hasn't taken me away from doing
other things. You know I think since we started doing Leverage I've done
four or five movies when we were on you know breaks from doing Leverage.
So it's not like I have to do one or the other. I'm going to be doing a
play probably next year when we're on break. So it's – you know it's 6
months out of the year and it's a wonderful 6 months and I really enjoy
working on Leverage.
Operator: We'll take a follow up question from Eric Meers with
youinterviews.com. Please go ahead.
Eric Meers: Hi. So you got to work with Elisabetta Canalis on the early
part of the season. I was wondering what your experience was like
working with her and if you have any specific memories of working with
her on the show?
Timothy Hutton: Well yes. I mean working with Elisabetta was great and
she's going to be doing more shows with us as the season goes on because
she's set up as a very central figure. You know audiences when they see
the first show they'll see that Nate makes a deal that the rest of the
team is not very happy with.
But Nate makes a deal, it's kind of blackmailed in a way in to accepting
the deal to go after someone. And she's the one who presents the plan.
And they have these kind of secret clandestine meetings throughout the
Working with her was great. She's just such a lovely person and she
brought great excitement when she came to the set. She was so excited to
be in the show and she worked so hard and she was worried that her
accent was too thick and you know one of the great things is her accent.
And you know she's working very hard to minimize the accent and we all
wanted her to have the accent. So anyway, we're all looking forward to
her coming back. I've already seen a couple of the shows that she's in
and she's just great in the show and she really adds this amazing kind
of dangerous you know spy in from the cold element to the show.
Operator: OK, we'll take a follow up question from Jamie Steinberg with
Starry Constellation Magazine. Please go ahead.
Jamie Steinberg: Well the show has a lot of followers on line, how does
that make you guys feel?
Timothy Hutton: Well you know it makes us feel great that people are
interested in the show and that they're following it on message boards
and writing their comments. You know I've never experienced you know
anything like that.
So it's – and you know it's quite amazing. You know Christian Kane said
that there was a lot of that on Angel show that he did. But you know
it's – we all occasionally you know check in on that sort of thing and
share our, you know, some of the things that we've read.
It's great and there's some of us are on twitter. Well actually all
except Gina Bellman. We're trying to convince her too. But you know we
make videos from the set and it's kind of an interesting time where you
know you're able to kind of put out there directly.
I mean I've experienced it where I'll do a little video from the set
from my iPhone and then put it out there as a tweet or a (twitvid) and
then boom all these responses come back from people that are watching
It's really something. If anybody wants to get news from the set or
watch any of these videos, my name on Twitter is (act Tim Hutton). So I
post things quite often from the set.
Operator: OK, we'll take a question from Sandie Sahakians with Damon's
CV. Please go ahead.
Sandie Sahakians: Hi, Timothy. Thanks for taking the time today. My
question is about Sophie. I was wondering if Nate will ever find out her
real name. And more importantly, if the audience will ever find out what
her real name is?
Timothy Hutton: You know I think that Nate is absolutely obsessed with
finding out her real name. Not just her real name, but who she is in
general. And so as the season goes on you know there're some funny
We've already filmed where Nate tries every possible name he can think
of to try to catch her off guard. And he also tries to con the members
of the team who know her real name and they all keep it as a tightly
So it's – one of the themes throughout the third season is Nate just
obsessed with finding out you know who she is and feeling like an idiot
for thinking that her real name was Sophie.
Operator: OK we'll take a follow up question from Jay Jacobs with
PopEntertainment.com. Please go ahead.
Jay Jacobs: Yes, hi, Tim you had mentioned earlier that one of the good
things about this show is that you do have the time to do other side
projects, as well. One of your movies has came out a few months ago, The
Ghost Writer which is a terrific film by the way, what was that like to
Timothy Hutton: Oh, Ghost Writer was amazing to work on. We filmed it in
Berlin in the Northern part of Germany, Baltic Sea and it was you know a
great script and working with Polanski was incredible.
I mean he is a director of such intense concentration and fascination
with the detail of characters, behavior and has an amazing eye for every
detail on a set. The space that the story is told in is as important to
him as anything else and you know, it was just a really interesting
experience working on that movie.
Jay Jacobs: Thank you.
Operator: And we'll take a follow up question from Courtney Shincke with
((inaudible)), excuse me, Raked Reviews. Please go ahead.
Courtney Shincke: Hi; on that same note, I'm a little curious to know
more about the play that you hope to be in in the next year.
Timothy Hutton: Well I can't mention the title of the play yet because
it's changing – it was in one situation and now it's going to be in – I
can't really talk about it other than to say it's a play that I'll be
doing in London on the West End in the fall of 2011, most likely.
Courtney Shincke: That's great.
Timothy Hutton: Yes.
Operator: And we'll take a follow up question from Jenny Rardon with
TVIsMyPacifier.com. Please go ahead.
Jenny Rardon: You talked earlier about Nate and Sophie. I'm wondering
how the rest of the team handles Sophie being back?
Timothy Hutton: Oh the rest of the team is thrilled to have Sophie back
and you know as far as the characters go from the second season they
grow to accept the Tara character played by Jeri Ryan. But it was
important for the story telling and for the writers and for all of us to
have the characters miss Sophie and feel that she you know was vital to
So you'll see that in the third season a real sort of welcoming of
Sophie. And you know the team feels that Sophie is the only one who can
really keep Nate in check although that hasn't gone too smoothly in the
past that's what they believe.
Operator: And we'll take a follow up question from Brittany Frederick
with TheTwoCents.com. Please go ahead.
Brittany Frederick: I know a lot of people are focusing on the
relationship between Nate and Sophie but I know that we saw last season
too that there are still feelings between Nate and Maggie. So are we
going to be seeing that come back in season three or that impact his
relationship with Sophie at all?
Timothy Hutton: Well yes in season three we're going to deal a little
bit with the Maggie character. And I don’t know how or when just yet as
Kari Matchett who played Maggie is on another show right and can't – for
at least the time being can't do ours.
But I'm sure we'll see her again just don’t know when or in what way.
But that's a relationship that to me is as interesting and has just as
many possibilities as the Nate/Sophie relationship. So I'm hoping that
Kari becomes available to do the show and that the writers are inspired
to deal with the Maggie/Nate relationship.
Operator: And at this time, there are not further questions. Miss
Brooks, I will turn the conference back over to you for closing
Maya Brooks: Thank you. Thanks, Tim, for participating in the conference
call. And thank you to all as well. Just a reminder, that Leverage will
premiere on Sunday June 20 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9:00
A transcript will be available within 24 hours. Please check with your
specific network representative. Thanks again and have a good afternoon.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, this will conclude today's conference
call. We thank you for your participation.
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