This is the last of the HIFF Hawaii Five-0 panel notes that I’ve put together with the help of fellow bloggers Wendie Joy Burbridge and Amy Bakari. Again, this has been edited for clarity. Photos in this section provided by E-PR. Enjoy!
The final section involved the panel members reading preselected audience questions to each other.
Anderson: “Can you make more episodes of pure cops and robbers?”
Peter: That’s “Law and Order”. We’re trying to do something different. We try to do something more than a procedural show, it’s about characters, mythology. If it was a pure cop show , you’d get bored after awhile.
Peter: “How far in advance do you have to line up guest for the episodes?” We prep an episode for eight days, then we shoot for another eight days. We usually start thinking about guest stars in the eight day window of prep. Sometimes we have a guest star in mind, sometimes our casting dept comes up with a suggestion. Tom Sizemore we had met earlier knowing we wanted to build something around him.
Alex: “What countries can you view Hawaii Five-0 in?” Peter?
Peter: Over 200 countries.
Alex: So, a lot. If you’re concerned about going on vacation, don’t be, because you have 200 country options and still be able to watch. I have a question. When it plays in Kenya and I’m like, “Danny come here,” do I say [Alex made clicking noises]?
That was the funniest thing I had ever heard Alex O’Loughlin say.
Peter: Usually the subtitles are in English, but when they do translations themselves to whatever language of the country, you have to rely on them that they’ll dub it with good actors. Bad actors can really change the show. I’ve seen some episodes of our show in some countries that I watch and I wonder, “What show is this?!?”
Grace: “Alex and Scott, what’s more fun? The stunts and action, or the bromance?”
Alex: Ok…since I’ve been officially been given permission to speak for his Royal Highness, he definitely would say the bromance, ’cause he’s so into me. As for me, I like him. It’s kind of one and the same, the bromance and the stunts…it’s pretty tricky. We talk a lot of about stunts but the bromance is what really stood out in the pilot script. The first cargument that we had..it’s so natural, we just enjoyed each other. We sort of go for it as actors, it’s safe to go for each other’s throats, cause when they call cut, it’s all good. I like my bromance.
The whole “he’s so into me” line officially outdid the Kenyan clicking noises as the funniest thing I heard Alex say.
Lauren (to Alex): “You have a great Australian accent. You also sound like an authentic American and your Hawaiian words are also excellent.” Oh, over! I didn’t read the back [she flipped the card over]. “Why are you so handsome? I love you.” Hah, no! “How are you able to master the accents and speak the Hawaiian words like an absolute local?”
Alex: Who is the question from?
Someone: Scott Caan.
At this point the crowd was in stitches.
Alex: My mastery of the Australian accent started from…birth [he gave a sly smile]. As an Aussie actor, you kind of have to learn the American accent. The pidgin is tricky, from the beginning I had a lot of very-”helpful”-locals coming up and volunteering their advice. I had this one woman come up to me in Haleiwa and said “Yo…it’s brah, not bro.” I said “Ok, brah.” “No, not me, you idiot,” she said and walked away. I made it a point to learn quickly after that.
Taylor: “What is the most rewarding thing about being a member of the Hawaii Five-0 team?” I just want to be a part of something that is at the top level. With the writers from the top to the crew and the production. I’ve been doing this thing for twenty years, trying to get a job, and the most rewarding thing is to be part of a good, solid team.
Peter: “Do all cast members live in Hawaii and where do they commute from?” Get your pens out, I’ll give you Alex’s address. Yes they all live in Hawaii close to work.
Peter: What are three things that contributed to the success of the show?” Talent, the crew and luck.
Peter: “What are the reasons for a remake to succeed while a lot fail?”
Alex: I think this is a good question, and I’ve been around failure, so I’ll be answering. Luck is definitely a part of it…but you have to have a good cast, a good crew, everything needs to be in place. The most important thing in my experience is the story. You have to have a team giving out good scripts continually, that’s where it all starts. It all depends on how the show runner handles the material and allows us to do what we do.
Daniel: There needs to be the right combination of honoring the original show and also updating enough to make it right for today’s viewing sensibilities. Some shows have broken away so much from the original that they’re unrecognizable, other tried to stay so faithful to the original material that it almost became irrelevant. It’s definitely a combination of what Alex said, including what’s in the culture at the time, and a healthy respect for what you have, and a willingness to take chances.
Grace: I was worried [about doing another remake]. There are pros and cons. You’ll recognize the name right away and you have a built in audience who are excited. But there will be a bunch of those who say “Don’t mess it up, man!” or “I don’t like that person!” People get very possessive, and there are expectations that come along with it.
Peter: I think that most people avoid doing remakes for fear of crashing and burning on a big scale. If a pilot didn’t go, it’s just another pilot that didn’t go. Taking Five-0, and it not going could be on a grand scale. What we had going for us was our key to success, our casting. We really liked our people from the beginning. Most reboots didn’t grow from characters right from the beginning. We made it about people, the original four was the key to our success. Hawaii has a big role, but there are a lot of other ingredients.
And a final parting word from the Executive Producer : “We know how season 2 ends.”
Overall, I was impressed by the amount of insight that they provided, from production notes, the stunt work, and all the way to personal acting techniques and views. I think fans as well as aspiring actors got a lot out of the panel. I loved the fact that everyone had a great sense of humor and had fun answering the questions. Candid opportunities like these are rare, and I’m sure the audience appreciated the time that the panelists took to be there.