May 21st, 2011
11:17 AM ET
Timothy Hutton is about to be four seasons into playing a con man, but he says it hasn't made him a better bluffer in real life.
"No, no I don't think so," Hutton said laughing. "Fortunately so because I think if one tried to pull that in real life, it wouldn't work."
Hutton is back this summer with his TNT series "Leverage," in which he plays Nate Ford, the head of a merry band of thieves and grifters who use their skills for good. (TNT is owned by the same parent company as CNN.) Ford is complex and a bit of a dark character – an alcoholic who, when the series opened, had lost his job as an insurance investigator, his wife and his son.
Hutton, who won an Academy Award for another emotionally complex role in the film "Ordinary People," said the show is as much about relationships as it is about capers.
"I think what's happened in a general way is that he's accepted the 'Leverage' team as his family," Hutton said. "He barely has a relationship with himself, who he is or why he is the way that he is, but I think what's really saved him is his relationship with them."
Yes, "He's got a long way to go," Hutton added, "but we don't want him to get too together because then we wouldn't have a show."
With the economy as tough as it is now, does Hutton believe fans gravitate toward his dark comedy because of the theme of stealing from the wicked to aid those in trouble? Quite possibly, he said.
"I think a show like this would have worked on a lot of levels, 10, 15 or 20 years ago," Hutton said. "You open up the paper and see various accounts of people being ripped off and taken advantage of. With the theme of 'Leverage,' people are satisfied with watching the team expose the bad guys and there's a nice revenge factor."
The new season of "Leverage" begins on June 26.
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