Liveblogging my Bit Part in Leverage

08.12.2012 | 5:53 pm

7:01: Huge thanks to Paul Guyot and the actors and crew of Leverage for giving me the opportunity to do that! (And for letting me wear my own logo!)

Now I gotta go buy groceries and then get to bed. Another big day of racing ahead.

6:59: I’m super happy with that. Can you believe I was able to remember a full thirteen words? Me either.

6:57: Hey, me again!

6:46: For those of you who missed the start (Hi NYCarlos!), I think full episodes are put up on later. I don’t know anything about Hulu. Any Huluians know anything?

And yes MattC, my speaking moment — if it made it through editing — is toward the end of the episode.

6:17: Darren said that the TV doesn’t add pounds to me. I was surprised to see that was the case, too. Especially since when this was filmed, I was pretty heavy — around 20 pounds heavier than I am now. So I owe the crew — especially the folks who set up camera angles and edit the shots — a huge “thank you.”

6:12: But first, because I don’t think anyone will think to ask this, I’d like to say: working with the actors in Leverage was a BLAST. Christian Kane was super nice and personable, Timothy Hutton was ultra-generous and has a great, dry sense of humor. And Aldis Hodge is hilarious and improvises pretty much something new pretty much every take.

6:09: I’m going to eat and eat and eat some more now while I enjoy the show. If, however, you have questions what it was like to be on Leverage for a day, let me know. I’ll answer if I can.

6:07: I hope Paul doesn’t mind me giving one spoiler: that is not my only part in the episode. I also appear at the very end. So stick around, OK?

6:06: Question: Did I look 54 years old?

6:03: Look, it’s me! And I got told I look like Stanley Tucci!

OK, I gotta say, that was both fun and awesome. And I didn’t look as bad as I thought I would. Yay!

6:02: What’s fun for me is that I actually got to watch this particular part of this episode being filmed. In fact, my mobile phone rang during this scene. They had to start over.

6:00: I should point out that Paul Guyot wrote and produced this episode of Leverage.

5:59: Oh, there’s the end of Angels and Demons. And now Leverage begins!

5:55: While I’m waiting for the show to begin, I’d like to point out that I am currently the most exhausted I have ever felt in my life. As it turns out, doing a big ol’ ride on one day, at my absolute limit, and then doing another big ol’ ride the next day, may be more than I am capable of handling.

Specifically, my left knee hurt pretty bad by the end of the Leadville 100. By the middle of today’s ride, it hurt so bad I could hardly turn the pedals at all. The Hammer was forced to wait and wait for me as I limped through the ride.

5:51: Oh, hi there. In about ten minutes Leverage starts. It’s on TNT. You should watch it with me, because I’m in it. Really briefly, but this is how big break-out movie stars are discovered, right?


  1. Comment by Zack | 08.12.2012 | 5:57 pm

    Got the whole family watching it!

  2. Comment by roadrash | 08.12.2012 | 6:08 pm

    Have the whole family watching too. They were pumped to see the fat cyclist logo. Are you in two scenes?

  3. Comment by Nogocyclist | 08.12.2012 | 6:08 pm

    Sounds like you aught to take up working for tips.

    2 quarters and 2 pennies???

  4. Comment by Darren | 08.12.2012 | 6:10 pm

    Clearly tv DOES NOT add pounds to you…my wife’s initial comment “Wow. I thought he would be fatter.”

  5. Comment by Dave | 08.12.2012 | 6:11 pm

    Love the Stanley Tucci line!

  6. Comment by Liz | 08.12.2012 | 6:22 pm

    I have to watch it later (long story), but I just want to say I am amazed you are doing this after the last two days. Major congrats. But I know it’s not over, so best wishes for the rest.

  7. Comment by MattC | 08.12.2012 | 6:33 pm

    So Fatty…I’m assuming your ’speaking’ part is the one at the end? (unless that as you that said “Delivery, Hardisson”?) Didn’t sound like you…

    My wife totally doesn’t understand the “Stanley Tucci” line..(tried to explain it to her..still doesn’t get it)…I thought it was hilarious…and your barely held sneer/laugh when Hardisson gave you what, 52 cents to go buy something for your mother…did he make that up on the spot? It was a riot!

  8. Comment by NYCCarlos | 08.12.2012 | 6:42 pm

    I missed the start of it! will it be available on Hulu or later?

  9. Comment by Preben Kohler | 08.12.2012 | 6:45 pm

    We dont get that show here in Australia but im keen to see the episode. What season and episode is it?


  10. Comment by leroy | 08.12.2012 | 6:47 pm

    On television, Mr. President, you look smaller.

  11. Comment by Jenni | 08.12.2012 | 7:01 pm

    You were AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Comment by MattC | 08.12.2012 | 7:03 pm

    Wow…how crazy! I know can say I KNOW someone who was on TV..WITH a speaking role!! My wife thinks you totally looked the bike messenger part!

  13. Comment by roadrash | 08.12.2012 | 7:04 pm

    Great final scene. I’ll be sporting my fat cyclist jersey with pride on rides this Fall. Maybe somebody will say “Hey was that you on Leverage?”… Nah, I’m missing the distinctive goatee.

    Well done Fatty! Good luck in Breck.

  14. Comment by rrose | 08.12.2012 | 7:05 pm

    Woohooo!!! You oughta be in pitch-ers! Loved that!
    @Paul and pals – many thanks. That was the best!

  15. Comment by rrose | 08.12.2012 | 7:10 pm

    You were totally great, Fatty – you’re a dang natural! Go, sleep fast and have a great new day of racing tomorrow.

  16. Comment by NYCCarlos | 08.12.2012 | 7:19 pm


    (thanks for answering the question too! and GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK!!!!!!! and GREAT JOB AT LEADVILLE!!!!!!!)

  17. Comment by Darren | 08.12.2012 | 7:31 pm

    So pumped that you mentioned me in your blog. Of course when I read that line to my wife she said “Gee. Thanks for throwing me under the bus.”

  18. Comment by Mellabella | 08.12.2012 | 7:31 pm

    I am pretty sure you are going to win an emmy in the best television performance by a “beloved, world-famous, endearingly handsome yet surprisingly self-deprecating celebrity cycling blogger” catagory! Good luck to you and the Hammer tomorrow, and WOW! what a finish at Leadville:)

  19. Comment by GenghisKhan | 08.12.2012 | 7:33 pm

    Sadness is that Hulu redirects to, which only allows you to watch online if you already have another major television provider (Cable, satellite, etc.).

    Maybe you could get PG to make same changes over there!

  20. Comment by GenghisKhan | 08.12.2012 | 7:33 pm

    Sadness is that Hulu redirects to, which only allows you to watch online if you already have another major television provider (Cable, satellite, etc.).

    Maybe you could get PG to make same changes over there!


  21. Comment by JodieA | 08.12.2012 | 7:46 pm

    Very cool to see you on my favorite TV show. Impressive that you even had a speaking part. You’re a natural!

  22. Comment by Cali_Lady | 08.12.2012 | 9:14 pm

    Loved seeing you on TV Fatty!

  23. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 08.12.2012 | 10:02 pm

    Good job Fatty. You looked great and truly disgusted with you tip.

  24. Comment by Kevin Dobo | 08.12.2012 | 10:47 pm

    Hey!!!! Was just watching Leverage and saw a bike messenger in a Fat Cyclist jersey. Then I thought.. wait a minute.. is that….?


  25. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 08.13.2012 | 12:30 am

    whole family was watching here in Marin as well. My 11 yr old asks if she can now regularly watch Leverage. I suggested as long as Fatty was in the episode. Keep your calender open, I’m sure Mr Guyot will be calling…..or Mr Tucci’s agent seeking a stunt double.

    Though I thought when you were offered all these amazing things to taste you would surely ask for PIE.

  26. Comment by Jacob J | 08.13.2012 | 7:12 am

    The episode can be seen here:

  27. Comment by FatJeff | 08.13.2012 | 2:37 pm

    Nice product placement! Hope it turns over some FC swag.

  28. Comment by Carl | 08.13.2012 | 5:59 pm

    My son and I recorded it and just watched it. Great job Fatty… what a week you guys had!

  29. Comment by Adam | 08.13.2012 | 8:02 pm

    Awesome!! Saw your logo first then was like wait .. wait thats Fatty that’s flipping awesome!!! Well done – you looked great and spoke well. Cheers

  30. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 08.13.2012 | 9:46 pm

    FatJeff beat me to it!

    Next year’s jersey pocket secret messsage:
    “as seen on Leverage”

    Or another idea:
    How much do we need to raise to get The Hammer on Leverage??

  31. Comment by mary | 08.13.2012 | 11:20 pm

    your bit part was big enough that it made me think, “this guy must be famous somehow” so I waited for the credits, looked up your name and found this site. what a happy discovery to find your site and read your story :)

  32. Comment by Anonymous | 08.13.2012 | 11:37 pm

    Thanks Jacob J for the link!!! I totally missed the episode because our summer has arrived really late and I was about an hour and a half away from home at a cabin with no electricity or cable.

    Fatty, you were AWESOME!!! Loved it. You needed more speaking lines and loved the looks you were giving. Hahaha! We need more Fatty on TV! I’d love to see the Hammer on Leverage! What do we do? :)

    Thank you Paul Guyot for having Fatty on and for writing for such an awesome show!!

  33. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 08.14.2012 | 7:46 am

    Watched the Leverage show last night. I literally laughed out loud at the “Stanly Tucci lookin’” line! You did great, Fatty! And I loved that they brought your character back and gave you some speaking lines at the end of the show. :-)

  34. Comment by Jacqui | 08.14.2012 | 10:58 am

    My sister and I watch Leverage and talk on the phone every Sunday. I saw that logo and told my sister, “I think that’s The Fat Cyclist,” and she’s all, “What! he isn’t fat!” and then I had to explain about the blog! Awesome job!

  35. Comment by Kiwi | 08.16.2012 | 1:43 am

    So, Fatty…
    Did the dollar taste like a dollar?

    Great to see ya TWICE on one of my family’s fave shows!!

    I do like the “as seen on leverage” idea for a jersey tie-in.

  36. Comment by Kukui | 08.16.2012 | 1:36 pm

    You’re a natural, Fatty! My brother called and said I had to come over and seenyour episode last night.

    What a great episode! Not only was it Eliot-centric (all the best episodes are!) but it featured our very own world famous award-winning cycling blogger!

    I think you should make more regular appearances! That would be awesome.

    On a separate note, why don’t you have a wikipedia page yet?? ;)

  37. Comment by Elizabeth | 08.17.2012 | 1:59 pm

    Loved that you wore the Fat Cyclist Gear. My favorite show and my favorite blogger together. Woo Hoo!!

  38. Comment by Pat | 08.19.2012 | 9:02 am

    Just saw the repeat of the ep! Awesome!! Congratulations!


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