(Update: Here’s a video of Jason introducing himself and you can find out exactly how to say his name correctly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HdRYHWZr7k)
As much as there’s plenty to like about this character, there’s also plenty of depth in the story which adds mystery and intrigue to Hank Voight.
But my interest isn’t just because of the great acting and compelling storyline in Chicago PD.
My interest is in the way this character is portrayed.
Hank Voight isn’t young but he’s not a geriatric either. He’s clearly been around the traps and has an enviable air of confidence that surrounds him.
As a leader, he’s incomparable and here’s 5 reasons why you need a Hank Voight in your life:
- He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty.
He’s got a lot on his plate like everyone else but isn’t afraid to chase after perps, lead drug raids or get on with the boring paperwork. Nothing is too big or too small for him – and whatever he does, he gets it done. There’s no half-baked pies with Hank Voight.
- He backs his team 110%.
Hank always supports his team and trusts their judgement (for the most part). When up against the big wigs, he has no issue in putting the case forward for his team, regardless of the consequences. He firmly believes in his team, they trust him completely and everything works just fine.
- He isn’t shy to dish out tough love.
As much as he backs his team 110%, he also knows when to reel them in and give it to them straight. One of the female officers in his team was adopted by him as a child – but he has never given her preferential treatment and has often come down harder on her than others. Even though he is more likely to stand with his team than against them, he makes it abundantly clear that his trust is never to be abused: “But if you ever go over my head, it’ll be the last head you go over.”
- He knows when and how to bend the rules.
Hank famously said “You tell me the truth, so that I can lie for you….” – further reinforcing his fatherly instinct and his ability to take the heat off the others. Sometimes he breaks the rules too – like one time when he simply stated “I need a room” before interrogating a suspect in the only way he knows. Legal issues aside, this illustrates Hank’s willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
- He is genuine, all the time.
What you see is what you get with Hank Voight. You learn to be true to him and more importantly to yourself. But you also learn that there’s no room for passengers and life’s too short to dance around the issues that matter most. Straight talking Hank Voight demands sincerity and this is a lesson learnt fast.
Long live Hank Voight – the boss we need and probably deserve too! And thank you Jason Beghe for an outstanding acting performance.
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