Timothy Hutton Q&A: ‘American Crime’
Timothy Hutton was really hoping to do something with groundbreaking television three years ago. In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), he admits, “I asked my agency to send me what they thought were the best pilot scripts and the one that was exceptionally great was ‘American Crime.'” Even though the show had not gotten around to casting at the time, he still wanted to meet with series creator John Ridley to talk about the show.
The Oscar-winning actor (1980 Best Supporting Actor, “Ordinary People”) was on all three seasons of the ABC anthology series playing different characters. In the first season he portrayed Russ Skokie, a divorced man whose son is murdered during a home break in and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Actor in 2015. He played Dan Sullivan in the show’s second season, a high school basketball coach trying to lead his team while one of the players is being accused of sexually assaulting a male student. In the most recent and unfortunately final season of the show, he played Nicholas Coates, a CEO having to deal with a collapsing company and a wife who has hired a Haitian nanny to take care of their son.
When asked about which season was his favorite, he says, “There was nothing like the first season. We all came together and there was something new and raw about it.” He also recalls the intensity of some of the scenes he shot for that inaugural season including one with co-star Felicity Huffman: “We’re driving in a car and she jumps out of the car and we have this fight on the sidewalk. It was all done in one camera angle that took us from the car and followed us all the way through.” He adds that it stood out to him because of the emotions in the scene and what the viewers learn in the scene.
Does he wish he had more screen time with any of the show’s performers? He reveals that two-time Emmy winner Regina King would have been his wish, but speaks about the admiration he had for everyone that was a part of making the show: “It was incredible to work with – not just the cast – but with the crew as well. It was the total experience of working with people who were really good at what they do.”