Press/Gallery: Aldis Hodge Is Just Getting Started

Thursday, Apr 1, 2021

The actor’s breakout performance in ‘One Night in Miami…’ is the stuff of legend.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots > Session 85
Magazines Scans > Harper’s Bazaar – March 2021

HARPER’S BAZAAR: For his first-ever on-camera role, Aldis Hodge says he wasn’t exactly motivated by the pursuit of artistic excellence. “Honestly, I just did it for the toys,” Hodge recalls of modeling for a magazine when he was all of three years old.

Now 34, Hodge, who has been working steadily since his toddler years—with childhood appearances on Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live before making the rounds on classic prime-time series like ER, CSI, and Friday Night Lights—wants more out of his work. “This is gonna sound crazy, and stupid, maybe,” he says. “[But] I used to audition to impress the people in the room so I could get the job. Wrong reason.” Hodge changed his approach. “If I do the audition and I’m satisfied with what I did, then I won.” And new opportunities have materialized. Hodge’s portrayal of football star Jim Brown in Regina King’s critically acclaimed feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami … (now streaming on Prime Video), stands out among a solid-gold ensemble. The film, adapted by Kemp Powers from his 2013 play of the same name, offers a fictional reimagining of a real meeting that took place between four towering Black cultural figures amid the social and political upheaval of the 1960s: civil rights leader Malcolm X (played by Kingsley Ben-Adir); boxer Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree); singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.); and Brown, who used his platform as an athlete to become active in the movement for racial justice.

I like to tie myself to projects that have meaning beyond just the entertainment aspect.

King’s movie aims to explore the men behind the mythology. Most of the action plays out in a cramped Miami hotel room in the hours after Clay’s legendary 1964 fight with Sonny Liston, an upset victory for Clay that won him his first world championship title. A heated discussion on the state of race in America ensues. “We get to see human beings,” Hodge says. “Not the super titans we all grew up knowing and understanding. We get to see what built those super titans.”

In a movie full of outsize characters, Hodge’s Brown isn’t flamboyant. He’s pensive, at times even stoic. And, according to director King, Hodge’s restraint is what makes his portrayal so powerful. “Aldis understood the nuanced moments that were needed to play Jim,” King says. “I could see that he had tapped into Jim the first time I saw his tape and knew his performance could only get better. I also knew I needed an anchor, someone who could be a leader. I knew I would have that in Aldis.”

I knew I needed an anchor, someone who could be a leader. I knew I would have that in Aldis.
— Regina King —

Hodge taped his audition during lunch breaks on the set of last year’s sleeper hit The Invisible Man in Australia. When he got word that King wanted to speak to him, he got nervous. But what was meant to be a 20-minute phone call became a two-hour discussion about the kinds of conversations the film could provoke. “I thought this film had the potential to teach within my community of Black folks, to help us figure out how to talk with one another and how to deal with one another,” he says. “For the people who aren’t Black, hopefully it would help them figure out how to listen and translate what our fears are, so it’s not just a foreign language. It’s something they can understand.”

Born on the base at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to parents who were U.S. Marines, Hodge was raised in Hawaii, New Jersey, and, later, Los Angeles, where he and his older brother, Edwin, both pursued acting as kids. (Younger sister Briana opted out of the biz.) Their young careers were shepherded by their mother, Yolette, whom Hodge describes as “a soldier through and through,” recalling how she fought to get her sons auditions. “Oftentimes she would look for roles and it would say, ‘looking for Caucasian only,’ ” he says. “My mom would submit us anyway.”

Hodge is now training to play Hawkman in the DC superhero movie Black Adam, opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His Showtime drama, City on a Hill, is about to air its second season. And he’s adapting the Chinese thriller Parallel Forest with Edwin and is set to direct for the first time. “I like to tie myself to projects that have meaning beyond just the entertainment aspect,” Hodge says. “Not every project will hit that mark for me, but when I can get that, it’s really—it’s like [winning] the lottery.”

Gallery: City On A Hill 1.01 Stills, Screencaps and Promotional Photos

Thursday, Apr 1, 2021



 

Gallery Links:

City on a Hill > Season Two > Promotional
City on a Hill > Season Two > Episode Stills > 2.01 “Bill Russell’s Bedsheets” Stills
City on a Hill > Season Two > Episode Stills > 2.02 “I Need A Goat” Stills
City on a Hill > Season Two > Episode Stills > 2.03 “Is the Total Black, Being Spoken” Stills
City on a Hill > Season Two > Episode Stills > 2.04 “Overtime White and Overtime Stupid” Stills
City on a Hill > Season Two > Screencaptures > 2.01 “Bill Russell’s Bedsheets” Screencaps

 

Gallery: Big Update To The Gallery!

Saturday, Feb 20, 2021

The last week I’ve been replacing a lot of the older screencaps with new ones of better quality. Plus I have added the missing projects, including some new pics from a 2017 photoshoot and screencaps for Brian Banks and Clemency. I still need to finish with One Night in Miami and I have only uploaded 2 seasons of Leverage but I will add the rest as soon as they are sorted!

 








 

Additions:

Photoshoots > Session 59
Photoshoots > Session 81
Leverage > Leverage 2 > Season 1 > Behind the Scenes
Leverage > Leverage 2 > Season 1 > Promotional
Film Productions > Brian Banks > Screencaps
Film Productions > Clemency > Screencaps
Film Productions > One Night In Miami > Production Stills
Film Productions > The Invisible Man > Behind the Scenes

Upgrades:

Leverage > Season One > Screencaptures
Leverage > Season Two > Screencaptures
Film Productions > Red Sands > Screencaps
Television Productions > Chicago Code > 1.09 “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” Screencaps
Television Productions > Cold Case > 1.03 “The Runner” Screencaps
Television Productions > CSI > 1.16 “Too Tough to Die” Screencaps
Television Productions > CSI > 9.02 “The Happy Place” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.03 “Wind Sprints” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.04 “Whose Your Daddy?” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.05 “Git’er Done” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.06 “El Accidente” Screencaps
Television Productions > Friday Night Lights > 1.22 “State” Screencaps
Television Productions > Numb3rs > 2.12 “The OG” Screencaps
Television Productions > Pacific Blue > 4.16 “Juvies” Screencaps
Television Productions > Pacific Blue > 5.15 “Kangeroo Court” Screencaps
Television Productions > Supernatural > 2.21 “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1” Screencaps
Television Productions > Supernatural > 2.22 “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2” Screencaps

 

Videos: “One Night in Miami” Interviews

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

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Press: A rare portrait of Black men: Aldis Hodge knows the impact of ‘One Night in Miami’

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

LA TIMES: When actor Aldis Hodge says, “I sign on to things with the hope of purpose being added to that particular piece of art,” the totality of his signature roles comes into focus: the crusading D.A. on Showtime’s “City on a Hill,” the death row inmate in “Clemency,” the falsely accused athlete Brian Banks. Now comes his commanding portrayal of game-changing football legend Jim Brown in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami,” a what-might-have-been-said scenario based on a real-life gathering of Brown, Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) in one hotel room in 1964, the year before Brown’s string of legal issues began.

The potential audience impact of the quartet’s collegial yet pointed hashing out of one another’s ambitions, experiences and sense of responsibility was readily apparent to Hodge, never more so than after last summer’s protests against racial injustice. “There are a lot of people right now who don’t understand how to empathize with the pain of certain people, because they never will have known it,” he said recently. “That’s one of the most powerful elements of this film, that it shows how you understand somebody’s pain.” “One Night in Miami” was released on Amazon Prime last Friday.

One could assume four giants of their time might be sizing each other up in this situation, but the movie feels more complicated than that.

They’re friends. They’re seeking to understand each other. What we typically see from the outside perspective is the idea of comparison, right? Negative debate. When it comes to Black culture, we always have to be fighting, crabs in a barrel. That’s absolutely not what we have here, and that’s what I love. Because in my circles, talking to my people, I know this is how we handle each other. “You got your perspective. Yo, my man, I feel you on that. Let me give you this other thing to consider. Now let’s figure out how we could meet in the middle.” It also gives Black people a moment to breathe, and laugh. Because it’s pretty funny, the way they deal with each other.

Your portrayal of Brown has this quality of patience. He looks ready to be somebody’s big brother as needed.
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