Leverage's Hardison :: played by Aldis Hodge
Photo Courtesy of StarPulse
Alec Hardison: Hacker
Oh and Hardison is so much more than just a hacker. What he does is bordering on insanity in it's genius. The only film that comes close in this respect is a film aptly called Hackers, and another called Sneakers. If you haven't seen either of these films, don't worry, as much as I love those films, Leverage has them beat.
Alec Hardison is the one you go to if you want anything that is electronically stored or digitally altered. If you need to access street cameras, ATMs, get into an electronically protected building, or access the floor plan and blue prints... If you just want to know where your wife was last night, Alec Hardison can tell you. Many times in many films and TV shows there is a guy who is in the background warning everyone, watching their back. Alec Hardison is that guy in Leverage. He's the guy in the van, or the office, the guy who helps by not being in the mix. Alec Hardison, is your look out, and he is also your best means of escape. While each character is doing their job, Hardison knows where they all are and what all of them are doing (most of the time) and who can get to you first if you're in trouble.
We could all use an Alec Hardison in our lives, the guy who will be there when you call, who always has your back, even if you have done something to hurt his feelings (intentional or accidental) he's there for his friends, even if he thinks they don't really deserve it.
Oh and about Hardison? He doesn't like violence. Not at all! And, he likes Parker, and he would never hurt her, even accidentally, but they don't say how they feel, not really.
A Sample of Alec
With respect to the fact that Alec Hardison is a hacker, Aldis Hodge is an actor, and in Leverage, he gets to use that skill in some amazing ways. He gets at least one character to play week to week, but then, when there is a con to run, he gets in some extra acting, an extra part, if you will.
Now that may seem silly to say he's an actor playing an actor, but all actors have to be con men deep down, don't they. They have to make you forget their other major roles, and also forget who they are in real life, and become a different person before your eyes.
Try that in real life and you will get arrested, or at least committed for psychiatric evaluation, try it with family and loved ones and there will definitely be a fight. Aldis Hodge gets to play a character, who for various reasons, at any given time, gets thrown into the con to ad lib.
For the most part, the cons are mapped out by Sophie and Nate, and for the most part everyone knows who they are going to play, and Hardison makes them IDs to match those characters, can even alter the images in databases around the world to pull off the identities. But in a pinch, as a last minute trade he often goes in himself, and wings it.
The character is great. With his skills of accessing knowledge from worldwide data bases, Hardison may be winging it, but he knows what he's doing. We sweat when he sweats and stumble when he stumbles, when Hardison worries, we worry too. Aldis Hodge is the person who makes you feel what Alec Hardison feels.
Hardison and Eliot
Of all the Fanvids, this is best Parker/Hardison I could find, Credit TwentyPoundsOfCrazy on YouTube.
This made me cry, but maybe that's just me...
What this means to you
As always I look for the ways we can use what we learn from the actor Aldis Hodge, and his character Alec Hardison; how can we apply this to our goals and dreams?
At the Leverage Con-Con back in March, Aldis Hodge said that he had to learn to speak English without an accent and so his agent made him talk with a cork in his mouth until his accent was gone. Crazy, isn't it, what some people will go through to improve themselves for their craft.
Around Hub Pages there are a number of writers who have to resort to translation software to write their hubs, and do so because Hub Pages Terms Of Service demands that we use English. Many writers have been angered because their hubs were flagged for being unclear... Poor baby... If your reader cannot understand what you write then they will not come back, that's a fact of life. If you are a writer, and you want to go somewhere with it, then you must either hone your skills, or use them where they offer you the best advantage. Maybe you need to write for sites that are in your language, or learn English, or both. Maybe you need an editor or proofreader to help you.
Personally, at the times that I have offered to help correct people who have written "unreadable" hubs, I've been accused of being rude, while some, who were glad to get the help, turned out to be plagiarizing someone else's work. (the work had been previously translated from English into their language, and then run back through the translator into English, which changed enough to disguise the theft until it was edited correctly).
The point is, Aldis Hodge wanted to be an actor so badly that he subjected himself to whatever it took to improve himself. Improve yourself as a writer, and you will get readers. If you don't have them now, it is because you couldn't hold them. That's life. Aldis Hodge holds us, because he chose to hone his skills to the point where we must pay attention.
Aldis Hodge the Artist
Aldis Hodge is also an artist. Having found him on Twitter, I was amazed to find he is posting his art on Twitpic to his followers. I wanted to post a picture here, but it is in a format that cannot be displayed, and it would have to link back to Twitpic, so I did the next best thing and included the twitter feed for Aldis Hodge below.
After publication of this article I was able to contact a representative from the Aldis Hodge team, and gained permission to post these photos of his art, here only, and only for use in this article.
Thank you, Mr Hodge.
On July 24th 2010, Aldis hodge will be sitting on the Leverage panel at Comic Con. If you are in the area it should definitely not be missed.