…The second scene was the one immediately following, where Eliot talks
Hardison down. The scene had some serious emotional context for the
show sure, as it was nice to finally say in text what we felt that
relationship had become – brothers. But it had a second layer. A very
dear friend of mine was in Air Force Combat Search and Rescue right out
of high school. When we were younger, and I was freaking out or
insecure or nervous about something, he’d pep talk me. He’d do that
neck grab and tuck my head in, because touching helmets like that,
that’s as close as you can get in a combat situation. "Fucking relax.
Smartest guy I know,“ he’d say, often impatiently.
friend passed, not long before I wrote that scene. So I was writing him
in that scene. Writing one of the four or so guys who became my
brothers, who lived in my house, ate at my mom’s table, sat around
bullshitting in the Burger King parking lot for hours every night, who
kept me from being a nervous, shy physics geek who never wrote, never
performed, never joked.
When I explained that context to
Christian and Aldis and Beth, I have to admit I teared up. And then –
and this is why I love them – they dug in on that scene. They’d
already rehearsed and committed to it, but then they really brought
something extra.Kane in particular, knew he was playing my brother,
and ran over after every take to make sure he was landing it. So know
that for every time I say "Fucking Oklahoma…” because of some
bone-headed stunt bullshit he did, understand I’ll always love him, and
Aldis and Beth, for how they acted that day.
Eliot Spencer | Leverage | “You have no idea who I was before all this started. That guy—kid—he had God in his heart, a flag on his shoulder. Clean hands. I haven’t seen him in the mirror in over ten years. And believe me, I get up every morning looking for him. So you can trust me when I tell you that if you pull that trigger, two men die: the guy you kill, and the guy you used to be.”
And by the way, we did not have the slide-kick in the script. We showed up on the set, and I walked around the corner and there’s my actor like, sliding like a five year old on the floor going, “Oh, you know what we can do on this!”
pretty deep base of hockey players among the Leverage crew. Dean played in a Hollywood league back in the
day (with Wil Wheaton, as a matter of fact), and there’s a pick-up team up in
Portland. Aldis plays on that team. He was rather annoyed that he’s the only
actor who does skate, and he didn’t get to strut his stuff.
he was the only actor who did skate. That changed. As soon as we knew we were
doing this episode, we gave Kane a call.
need you to play hockey and fight on the ice.”
up to Portland a month early, got a coach, and there he is — annoying me by
doing his stunts in a whole new environment. Joy.
Yeah, that’s Kane doing all his own damn skating and