Category: City On a Hill

Press: Racism And Corruption In ’90s-Era ‘City On A Hill’: “What We’re Talking About Here And Now, Is Still Happening Today”

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

DEADLINE: Aldis Hodge is on a roll. Following the Oscar-nominated One Night in Miami, there’s the upcoming superhero film Black Adam, a revival of TNT’s television series Leverage, and much more. Plus, he’s killing it as Assistant District Attorney DeCourcy Ward in Showtime’s City on a Hill. Exec produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the procedural follows Ward’s attempts to clean up police corruption in ’90s Boston, exemplified by Kevin Bacon’s thoroughly bent cop Jackie Rohr.

DEADLINE: City on a Hill has some pretty extreme racism, police brutality, corruption, a lot of stuff that we’re thinking about and talking about now more than ever—what did you think when you first read the script?

ALDIS HODGE: Well, there’s a different sort of responsibility in a way that hits me personally when it comes to dealing with projects that touch on this subject matter. My primary goal is to touch on the subject matter appropriately. And with a degree of sensitivity towards the people that are going to be primarily affected, which is the Black community, so there has to be a voice of authenticity behind that. When I first read the script, I noticed areas where I felt like I could be effective in helping to mold that narrative with certain points when it came to Black culture, and the perspective of Black community in the show. And I was just lucky enough that when I spoke to the creator, Chuck MacLean, and the director of the episode, and executive producer, Michael Cuesta, and I said, “Guys, here are some of the changes I think we should consider making, and this is why. This is how it will be taken in terms of the show overall, things that we want to consider, and how we’re perceived, we might want to look at it this way.” They really opened the door to listening to me. That, honestly, is what sold me on stepping into the show because I knew the show was written really well, Chuck MacLean does a fantastic job, he’s a great writer. But I look at a show is like, “Alright, five or six years into this, am I going to be happy going to work on a regular basis? Will I be able to have a stance to be a part of the team, have a say, be able to really contribute?” And I knew that before we even signed the deal, that was our first conversation about culture, about certain things, how they’re taken, and my relationship with my wife in the show. They really did allow me to have a voice, which is what made me feel comfortable.

Generally, when it comes to touching on subject matters like this, when it comes to projects, the door should always be open to those who are affected most deeply, most immediately, and most personally, because we are the ones with the honest perspective on how we view it, how we handle it. And I think also how we can get through it and challenge it. We’re always going to have a far greater degree of honest perspective because it’s a daily lived experience, and they respected that.

DEADLINE: Something that really strikes me about this show is I keep forgetting it’s set the ’90s, not the present day. Does it seem that way to you?
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Gallery: “City On A Hill” Screencaps and Stills

Wednesday, May 5, 2021



Gallery Links:
City on a Hill > Season Two > Episode Stills > 2.05 “East of Eden” Stills
City on a Hill > Season Two > Episode Stills > 2.06 “Don’t Go Sayin Last Words” Stills
City on a Hill > Season Two > Screencaptures > 2.02 “I Need A Goat” Screencaps
City on a Hill > Season Two > Screencaptures > 2.03 “Is the Total Black, Being Spoken” Screencaps
City on a Hill > Season Two > Screencaptures > 2.04 “Overtime White and Overtime Stupid” Screencaps
City on a Hill > Season Two > Screencaptures > 2.05 “East of Eden” Screencaps

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: “City on a Hill” Promos, Stills, and Screencaptures

Friday, Aug 16, 2019

 

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  • Television Productions > City on a Hill > Season One > Promotional
  • Television Productions > City on a Hill > Season One > Episode Stills
  • Television Productions > City on a Hill > Season One > Screencaptures

 

Press: Aldis Hodge Talks ‘City on a Hill,’ His Favorite Boston Spots and More

Friday, Aug 9, 2019

 

BOSTON COMMON – After acclaimed performances in What Men Want and Clemency, actor Aldis Hodge continues his big year with City on a Hill. Debuting June 16 on Showtime, the drama stars Hodge and Kevin Bacon as a pair of law enforcement officers taking on corruption in Boston. “This show is going to be fire,” Hodge promises. We chatted with the actor about the series, working with executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and even food.

What made you want to get involved with City on a Hill?

I love the show because it’s gritty and raw. We’re dealing with Boston in the ’90s, crooked cops and robbers, that kind of thing. What really captures me about the show is that regardless of the scenario and what brought us all together, we’re still dealing with the life of Boston. We’re dealing with these people as representations of the life of Boston and how harsh it can be or has been for some.

Did you enjoy filming in Boston? Find any favorite spots around town?

I grew up between New York and New Jersey, and I had family in Boston. We would go up to Boston in the winters. I have no idea why the winters, because they were terribly cold. Boston’s changed a little bit, but I will say my favorite place that I hit was Ostra. The first place that Kevin and I met and had dinner at was Ostra. We had a fantastic conversation and got to know one another, but the food was brilliant. I was there a couple times a week. Their sauces are fantastic.

How involved were Matt and Ben?

This whole idea was really born in Ben Affleck’s head. They were both completely involved. Ben’s actually been on set a couple of times. It would be nice to actually see him direct. That would be really cool. What are your favorite Boston movies? Of course, I love Good Will Hunting [written and starring Damon and Affleck]. I also really like The Town [Affleck starred and directed]. I thought it was done really well. Then again, The Departed [Damon starred in] is damn good, man. It’d be a toss up between those.