Leverage's Nate Ford, Played by Timothy Hutton
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Leverage's Nathan Ford
I had to save this one for last, partially because coming to Leverage Nathan Ford is the first person you see, the first you get to know, and probably the one who goes through the most during the first season.
Nathan Ford was a company man. He did what he was told, making sure that the insurance company he worked for did not have to pay out large sums of money. He has dealt with all of the cast members individually long before the first episode brought them together for a single job.
Nate is an alcoholic who has spent such a long time self-medicating that he can often function fully drunk as well as he can sober (or at least he thinks so).
Nate is the Brains (originally Mastermind) of the Leverage crew. Because his company (no spoiler here, if you have yet to watch the first season, it is available on DVD) did not take care of him, Nate is no longer a company man. What he is, is a man who has decided that if he can burn a big company and get back what you lost for you, then that's what he is going to do.
He doesn't want anyone to have to feel the way he feels 24/365. Even when he passes out from drinking, his pain doesn't go away, not completely.
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Nate's pain can only be described as unbearable. In the hospital they give you a smiley face chart and ask you where your pain is on that chart. Nathan Ford's pain can't be measured on a one to ten scale, or on a smiley to grimacing face chart.
I can't think of anything that could ease his pain either. If I were in his shoes, I don't know what I would do. Somehow though, Nathan Ford goes on to become a hero. He takes a band of international thieves and turns them into heroes, too. We get to watch it all happen in Season's One, Two and now Three of Leverage.
As the character development takes shape, as the plots thicken from week to week, we see new sides of each of these new heroes...
Nathan Ford has nothing left to lose, and he isn't dead yet. Basically he is just doing this because he can.
Good Videos of Nate are hard to find. Thank you to: TheOriginalAliKat on YouTube
The Hardest Part
The reason it took me so long to complete a series of hubs that appeared at the outset to be a walk in the park for me, was that sooner or later my history would collide with theirs. I was born in 1961, and for all intents and purposes I am a first generation television head.
In other words, all generations before me had limited access to the small screen. As a child growing up, my family was all older than me, my friends lived inside the TV. I fell head over heels for Jim Hutton because of his halting ways, his humble stance, he was a gentle giant. He's been compared to Jimmy Stewart and I love him too.
I realize that love is a very strong word for people that you have never, and will never meet. I was raised by the Television set, more than anything else. The constants in your life may have been your family and friends, but the constants in my life were the actors and the musicians on TV.
When Jim Hutton passed away I mourned him. To write now about his son is a daunting task and I do not take it lightly, I mean, what if he reads it? I couldn't get my head around that and so this was the hardest hub to write. My respect and admiration for this man is that of one who is more than a fan. He's like that cousin everyone in the family talks about as having really done something with his life, the one you never get to meet, but always hope to. And he's second generation at it, you didn't get to meet his dad either, so how can you hope to meet him.
Having grown up watching his father in films such as "Walk Don't Run", and as Ellery Queen on Television, and then to have spent my adulthood watching his films and television series, I guess the analogy holds up. (And Mr. Hutton, if you do read this, I did my best with what skills I possess.)
While I know I'll probably never meet him, I can enjoy his brand of acting every Sunday night on TNT for now, and on the DVD's and Netflix when I can't wait until Sunday.
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Now we ask ourselves, what can we learn from Nathan Ford, and how can we apply that to our lives. What might we learn from Timothy Hutton's career?
For all of us here at hub pages and in whatever you do, there must be a driving force, something that propels you forward. Now the truth is that many fans of the show tend to think of Nate Ford as the Father figure. I tend to think beyond that, they think he leads from his mind, he's the Brains, after all. While he is the driving force I don't think being the brains is all there is to that force.
I think Nate Ford is the heart and that's what he really leads with. Many people do what they only know is right in their heart. It may not look good on paper, and if you approach it too logically you might get carried away with the details. Sometimes the risk is greater than the reward, and yet the reward is worth the risk. At those times it's the heart that makes the choice. How badly do you want it, and what sacrifice are you willing to make?
It's really easy to risk everything if you know you are going to win... and most of the time for the Leverage team there is every confidence that you will win... And yet, it's risking everything even though you'll probably lose that is the challenge. For Nathan Ford, that's just another day of Leverage.
As for Timothy Hutton, his career shows that he often went with his heart when choosing his roles. So maybe the key to your success has more to do with following your heart, than over-thinking the whole thing.