2023 Author: Leah Sherlock | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 12:28
Most people in our world have experienced injustice. Most often, they had to just silently swallow the insult, not being able to "strike back." However, deep down I really want someone to come, punish the offenders and restore justice. Humanity has always had such hidden dreams - both in the days of Robin Hood and today. That is why the audience is so fond of films about noble robbers who punish the rich and help the needy.
Knowing this peculiarity, in 2008 TNT launched a trial thirteen episodes of a new series about a five criminals who help victims of fraud by rich and powerful people. The legendary Oscar winner Timothy Hutton was invited to the main role in the new project, as the creators believed that it was he who could perfectly embody the image of the brilliant schemer Nathan Ford on the screen. Other important roles were given to lesser known actors who, after the success of Impact, becamereal stars.
The original name of the Leverage project literally translates as "a means to an end", but in Russia the series was broadcast under two titles: "Impact" and "Rob the loot".
The new TV series was so popular with viewers that it was renewed for another four seasons before it was cancelled. The reason for the closure was a decrease in ratings.
In its five years of existence, "Impact" was nominated many times for the Saturn Award in various categories, but it only won once, in 2013.
Based on this show, Leverage: The Roleplaying Game was released in 2010. In it, the participants could choose their own character for which they will play. It became so popular that it won the RPG of the Year award the same year.
The series is about Nathan Ford, who was once a top detective investigating insurance fraud and helping insurance companies save millions. But one day his son was sick, and the insurance company refused to pay for the expensive treatment of the boy, and he died. Hardly experiencing everything that happened, the main character broke up with his wife, left work and sank to the very bottom of the social.
One day, a businessman complained to him that he was robbed by competitors, and offered Nate to lead a team of thieves who, for a fee, should steal back his property. Agreeing, Ford, together with his "colleagues", helped the businessman to return his. But soonit turned out that their employer not only deceived them, but also tried to set them up. Deciding to take revenge, Nathan and his new friends enlist the help of notorious art thief Sophie Devereux. Having come up with a cunning plan, they punish the scoundrel and earn money. Encouraged by their success, the new friends decide to help people affected by the actions of the powers that be by influencing them.
The series tells about five years of their lives. Initially, the headquarters of the Robinhood team was in Los Angeles, after which it moved to Portland. For all the time, the heroes had to not only bring to light and rob the rich, but also arrange revolutions, as well as fight with Interpol and other government organizations that dream of catching the Ford team.
There are five regular members in the team: head and brain Nathan Ford, resourceful con artist Sophie Devereaux, martial artist Eliot Spencer, thief Parker, who likes risks and suffers from a mental disorder, and the elusive hacker Alec Hardison.
During the series, two couples formed among the characters - Nate and Sophie, as well as Parker and Alec.
The soul of the whole series was the actor who played the role of Nathan Ford. Unlike him, other actors involved in the project were not so famous. "Impact" was the start of their career.
Hatton first appeared on screen at the age of five, playing a cameo role as a running boy. The next time he got to shoot in 1972 in one ofDisney productions, and since 1978 a talented young actor began to appear regularly on television. Deciding to try his hand at cinema, Timothy did not fail, his first role in the film Ordinary People brought him the Golden Globe and the coveted Oscar.
Achieving success so early, he began to try himself in a variety of projects in both television and film. His next work with Tom Cruise and other emerging stars brought new nominations for prestigious awards. Trying to grow professionally, the actor chose complex and varied roles that were not always appreciated by critics and viewers. Despite all the efforts, the career of the young talent remained at the same level. The actor was often invited to appear, but he could not repeat his first success. Despite active filming in the nineties and early 2000s, Timothy managed to try himself as a director in two TV series, as well as in one film.
2008 marked for Hutton not only the release of two films with his participation, but also the beginning of work on "Impact". Over the years of working on it, the actor will not receive many awards, as is often the case with successful TV shows, but thanks to the unexpected success of the project, which was originally planned to be filmed for only one season, Timothy Hutton was able to remind himself of a new generation of viewers, and also demonstrate that he still capable of much.
After the end of the show, Timothy received an offer to star in another project, about racial discrimination, American Crime.
Last year, the actor also starred in another TNT series "Public Morals", but due to low ratings, he only lasted one season.
Despite the failures of the last three years, Hatton continues to act, and soon a new project with his participation The Long Home will be released.
The second most important character in Impact, after Nate, was Gina Bellman's Sophie Deveraux.
Although the actress is considered British, however, among her ancestors were Jews who emigrated from Russia and Poland.
Before "Impact", Gina was already quite famous, mostly as a television actress, but it was this series that made her famous all over the world.
The career of the future Sophie Devereux began in 1982, when she starred in one of the episodes of the TV show Into the Labyrinth. This was followed by participation in three more television series, as well as the role of Queen Tamara in the large-scale biblical film adaptation of King David. However, this is not what glorified Gina at all.
In 1989, Bellman participated in three television series at once. In one of them, Blackeyes, she agreed to appear nude. And although critics reacted differently to the act of the actress, the audience really liked her.
After that, her career went up, and she was often invited to episodes of popular television series. Gina also did not forget about cinema, so, along with British and American films, in 1992 she starred in the famous Slovak drama "All I Love".
Thanks to the extraordinary and regal appearance in the followingover the years, she was often invited to appear in minor roles. Finally, in 2008, she landed the lead role in Impact.
After the closure of the project, Gina Bellman continues to act in TV series, and recently tried her hand at the theater stage.
Other actors of the project
In addition to Hutton and Bellman, other actors contributed to the success of the series. "Impact" would be unimaginable without Christian Kane's virile Eliot.
Growing up in Texas and considering the Cherokee Indians to be his ancestors, the actor has gained fame as a real cowboy. Thanks to his interesting appearance, since the late nineties, he has constantly received roles in various television series, and then films. Along with his career as an actor, Kane also positioned himself as a musician. Having organized his own group "Kane", he toured with friends in Europe and the USA, and also recorded several albums. It is noteworthy that in one of the episodes of "Impact" the actor showed his talent by playing his song More Than I Deserve. Having shown himself well in the Impact project, after its closure, he got into the new promising series Librarians, receiving one of the main roles there.
Another Impact discovery is the talented actress Beth Riesgraf.
Before this project, she starred in episodic roles in various TV series and even several films for ten years. However, she was able to really draw attention to herself by playing a strange but kind Parker. AfterAt the end of the project, the actress became quite in demand, starred in several popular TV shows (including The Librarians, along with Kane). And this year, a thriller with Risgraf in the title role called “Intruders” was released, and although the film has a rather modest budget, the actress was able to show off new facets of her talent in it.
The youngest of all the actors of the series "Impact", Aldis (Aldis) Hodge, was able to harmoniously integrate into the team.
He started his career by acting in various American television series and sometimes movies, like all his fellow actors. "Impact" became his most striking project. Due to his typical African-American appearance, he was often invited to shoot, but before participating in "Impact" he was not able to really prove himself. Once in this project, he not only became famous throughout the world, but also became much in demand in his profession. So, after the closure of the series, he starred in many shows. In addition, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will be released this year, with Aldis co-starring.
With an unusual take on our generation's classic Robin Hood story, Impact has become hugely popular and loved by viewers. However, not only a well-thought-out intriguing plot helped him become popular, but also the actors who breathed life into the characters. "Impact" made viewers sympathize and dream at the same time. It is a pity that this project did not last long, it remains to be hoped that the TV channelTNT will continue to delight its fans with such series.
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