Christian Kane, Tim Hutton, a Debate (and a Bit About Westerns) on TNT's 'Leverage'

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Article_1207cover Click here to see my syndicated feature story on the new TNT series "Leverage," which premieres tonight then moves into its regular time slot on Tuesday.

Speaking of Tuesday, it was a Tuesday -- Election Night in fact -- when I visited the cast and crew on location in Pasadena, Calif. In part, the story -- courtesy in this case of the Reading (Pa.) Eagle -- takes on the very lively debate that went on that night ...

Along with my interviews with star Tim Hutton and producer Dean Devlin, the story has a few quotes from cast member Christian Kane, an old pal from his days on The WB's "Angel."

The bulk of my conversation with him appeared in a Zap2it story that was also offered in syndication. Click here for that. Another bit about cooking popped up here in my Thanksgiving Day post.

And because I know there are probably a few Christian Kane fans out there, here's a little more of that conversation, on a completely different topic -- Westerns.

Do you want to see Kane and his "Angel" co-star and close pal, current "Bones" star David Boreanaz, on horses? Turns out Kane sure does.

Kane was in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, and has done a few Westerns, including the TNT movie "Crossfire Trail" withChristiankane_leverage_240 Tom Selleck, the feature film "Secondhand Lions," in which he played the younger version of Robert Duvall's character, and the Steven Spielberg-produced TNT miniseries "Into the West."

Kane says, "Paul Newman is my hero," and has long supported Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp charity for seriously ill children, adding with sadness, "I never got to meet him."

Hearing that, I asked Kane about the possibility of doing a remake of the classic 1969 Western "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which starred Bones_13davidrustwall_0896_djrv1c Newman as Cassidy and Robert Redford as Sundance.

"It's time for it to come back," Kane said on the set. "Me and Boreanaz should do it. We should do 'Butch and Sundance.' I'd have to be the Sundance Kid, because I'm shorter.

"I don't know if Boreanaz can ride a horse or not, but the Sundance Kid wouldn't fit with him. See, I can be pretty in a hat, with the long hair and all that stuff. I can be pretty."

I'll let you know if I hear anything back from the Boreanaz camp on his reaction to Kane thinking he's prettier than his buddy. Here are pix of both, so you guys can decide for yourselves.