Hutton con for all money in Leverage
TIMOTHY Hutton has starred in two television shows that were quirky in design, a favourite with critics— and lasted less than a year.
It was A Nero Wolfe Mystery in 2001 and five years later he returned to television for the short-lived Kidnapped.
The actor, who won an Oscar at the age of 20 for the 1980 film Ordinary People, is trying his luck a third time as the leader of a gang of savvy con artists in US drama Leverage.
Borrowing heavily from the BBC’s Hustle, the Leverage team dedicate their prodigious talents to evening the score with society’s lowprofile bad guys.
Among them is the niggardly insurance company Hutton’s character, Nate Ford, used to work for before they denied his dying son’s insurance claims.
‘‘I read the script and just thought this would be really kind of a great journey to go down,’’ Hutton, 48, says. ‘‘I like the whole set-up of it. I like the character. I like all the different situations we’re going to find ourselves in. It was just a very exciting opportunity, I felt, to be excited again to go to work each day.’’
The actor is married to French illustrator and designer Aurore Giscard d’Estaing. They have a son Milo, 8, and during the school year they live in Paris. The rest of the year they stay mostly at their country home in New York. Hutton also has a son, Noah, with actor Debra Winger.
‘‘The hardest part is carving out time for yourself to just be with your family,’’ he says. ‘‘There are certain things I won’t miss, no matter what.’’
Though his father was an actor, Hutton originally had no plans to follow in his footsteps.
‘‘Acting wasn’t anything I was at all interested in doing,’’ he says. ‘‘I was kind of shy. I was interested in building, being an architect maybe. Getting up and speaking, being in front of people? No, not at all.’’
That attitude persisted up to the time Robert Redford was looking for a engaging young man for Ordinary People and Hutton auditioned.
‘‘I thought, ‘They’ll find someone good at this’,’’ Hutton says. ‘‘I must look like the drawing on the cover of Judith Guest’s book. That’s the only reason they keep calling me back. And then I got the part.’’
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