urx unit loader Timothy Hutton reunites with several extra 'Ordinary People'
robert redford timothy hutton Timothy Hutton reunites with several extra 'Ordinary People'Timothy Hutton has more and more “Leverage” going into the future, but his Oscar-winning past remains present for him, too.

The actor starts his fourth season of the TNT series about a con-artist team Sunday, June 26, but he enjoyed a recent reunion with the other principal players of “Ordinary People.” The winner of a best supporting actor Academy Award for the 1980 film, Hutton regathered with director Robert Redford and fellow stars Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch and Elizabeth McGovern for a photo for the annual “Hollywood Issue” of Vanity Fair magazine.

“It was really a great afternoon,” Hutton tells Zap2it, “like we had never left each other. I’ve stayed in touch with Sutherland and Mary on and off; I hadn’t seen Judd and Elizabeth in a long time, but I’ve seen Redford quite a few times over the years at different events.”

Being guided through “Ordinary People” by then-debuting director Redford, who also won an Oscar — and whose personal and professional times are recounted in Michael Feeney Callan‘s new book “Robert Redford: The Biography” — was “a very special experience,” Hutton recalls.

“I was trying to wrap my head around this very complicated role (would-be suicide Conrad Jarrett), and there was Redford, every step of the way … discussing every detail and every nuance of the character, wanting to hear what I thought about it. It was really quite an amazing time.”

Among the other reunions since has been the premiere of Hutton’s own feature-directing debut, “Digging to China” (1998), at the Redford-run Sundance Film Festival. The son of the late actor Jim Hutton (“Where the Boys Are”), Hutton says that in becoming a filmmaker himself, he took inspiration from Redford’s “naturalistic way of communicating whatever the needs of a particular scene might be.

“That was before video playback and monitors, of course, so a director would stand right next to the camera and direct you from there. You don’t see that much on sets anymore.”