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Craig Robert Young charms Hawaii Five-0 fans

April 27th, 2012 by

Craig Young living it up in Hawaii. (Photo: @craigryoung)

Craig Robert Young has a long body of work, but Hawaii Five-0 fans will be seeing him for the first time in Monday’s new episode, “Pa Make Loa”.  His career has taken him from music to acting, and among his credits include the long running U.K. show “Dream Team”, and over here in the U.S. in “Charmed”, “Fringe”, and of course “NCIS:LA”.

Craig recently spent a few minutes with me chatting via email about his career and his upcoming appearance in Hawaii Five-0.

 


 

You’re from Nottingham, England. Does your town get a bad rap because of the Sheriff and everything he did?
LOL -The sheriff protected the city – right?  I mean no one in power abuses their power right? I mean that would never happen today, right?  For one, I’m very proud to have come from Nottingham, it’s a very lively city with great history, not just Robin Hood, but we have the oldest inn (pub) in the world- called “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” – you should check it out if your ever there – get a good old fashioned pint!

If I’m in Nottingham, I just want to know where I can get a share of Robin’s loot!  You were in a pop band in the 1990s called “Deuce” . How big a deal was that? Would you have rather stayed in music, looking back?
Deuce was one of those life blessings, one of those “How the heck did this happen?” things.  I mean I remember being about 11 years old and sitting in front of the telly on a Thursday night and watching Top Of The Pops and declaring that one day I would be on that show.  I was met with quite a few sniggers, rightfully so, I mean how was this snotty nose kid, ever gonna make that happen.  Power of thought really does exist, I guess.  I moved to London in 1993.  A chance meeting while working as a waiter in 1994 led to an offer and an incredible journey that included performing on Top Of The Pops, and to meet some life long friends during that time.  I never say never but I don’t think music is for me – acting was in my bones, music was a fluke.

Sounds like a wild ride, being a rock star and all.  Did you ever date an Atomic Kitten, Spice
Girl, or Sugababe?
Highlights were definitely the tours, we used to get into a lot of mischief.  Trashing hotels and stuff, very rock star – lol. All those girl bands came after us, but I did hang out with Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) here in L.A. after she left the Spice Girls.  She’s a great girl.

What was the craziest thing a fan did while you were in the band?
One girl used to scratch herself and draw blood – really weird and freaky to watch that.  I once said in
an interview that I liked blue Smarties, and one girl must have bought 500 tubes of the candy and handpicked all the blue ones out just for me.  It was a nice gesture but perhaps a little bit nutty.  Girls used to run after the tour van which was always funny.

Craig and Daniel Dae Kim on Hawaii Five-0 set.

Moving on to acting, your career has spanned stage, television and screen. Where do you feel most comfortable?
All three places – all the same but all so different.  All bring challenges but all are so rewarding.

You’ve been in children’s shows, dramas, comedies, and science fiction shows as well.  What are you a fan of?
Reality – lol.  I hate to admit it, but  if I do have time to watch telly it’s usually something comfortably numbing for the mind.  So “Top Chef”, “The Voice”, “American Idol”, but I also love some dramas and comedies but tend to tivo them and watch them in marathons, like “Missing”, “Revenge”, “The Borgias”, “New Girl” and “Happy Endings”.  When I heard I was going to be starring on “Hawaii Five-0″, I tivo’ed a whole bunch and watched them back to back, I was pleasantly surprised how good the show is, well written and produced. But you guys already know that.

Any role that you’ve done that you’ve gotten so involved in, that you felt changed or personally moved?
Plays definitely move me.  I really like the rehearsal process and within that, the character development.  A good friend of mine, Gene Franklin Smith, who is a playwright cast me in his new work called BOISE, USA.  That play really moved me.  I played a not very nice man named Will Fairchild who was an FBI agent who spurred a witch hunt of gays in the 1950’s.   It was based on a true story, and it was a very heartbreaking subject matter, and I was very much the villain of the piece.  It’s easy to play evil on the surface but to justify your characters behavior and validate his actions, well that’s an entirely different thing.  I just had to think of that time, the 1950’s.  Women were still housewives and men were the bread winners, religion had a huge part to play in those times, everyone was expected to be perfect.  And of course no one was, but for Will, it was a game for him, how he could use his charms to capture his prize and how he could look like a hero.  I really wish someone would buy that play and turn it into a movie.

Have you dabbled much in writing or directing?
Yes I have, I wrote and directed two shorts over 10 years ago, one was called “Scooter Mum” and the other was called “The Streets”.   I also co-wrote a movie called “Wannabe” which I also starred in.   The movie spurned quite a few recognizable names now, Matt Dallas ["Kyle XY", "Eastwick"]  had a small part in in, and Octavia Spencer ["The Help"] played a snappy choreographer in it.  I’m so proud of how well she has done, she has definitely worked hard and paid her dues.  Currently, I co-created a web series called “Andy and Chaz Bugger off to America”. The first season was 5 episodes which can be seen on Youtube.

What other projects are you working on right now?
Creating wise, we have a feature version of “Andy and Chaz” that we are shopping around and looking to attach some really cool names.  I have a movie coming out called Return to the Hiding Place, which is another powerful piece about the Dutch resistance in World War 2, it tells the story of Hans Poley and his friendship with Piet Hartog (my character) as they sabotage the Nazi’s missions and help transport Jews and objectors to safe houses.  The writer and director Peter Spencer has been working on this film for 20 years, it’s a life’s passion come true for him and I’m so happy that I was able to bring one of his characters to life.  Also there is a possibility of an action film in China later this year.

Ok.  I just watched all five episodes of Andy and Chaz…that stuff is hilarious!  Episodes three and five were the best of the bunch!  But what’s the dream project you want, if time, money and casting were totally up to you?
That’s between me and my dreams, like I said the mind is a powerful thing, and at this point I feel I’m on point and am lucky to be doing some great work that pushes me and allows me to grow as an artist.  I’m enjoying the ride.

How bad a baddie is Dracul and when did you first learn you’d be taking Dracul to Hawaii?
I don’t think Dracul is that bad, he’s more power hungry and that’s just a product of the family he was born into and the environment he was raised in.  All this is just normal work for him.  There was a rumor at the start of 2012 when my agent called me and said that it may be happening, but I don’t like to hold my breath. Things change and fall through all the time in this town.

Did you get the feeling there will be more crossovers in the future?  And how did the stars of the two shows get along – did you see chemistry on set?
I honestly don’t know what CBS has in store for the shows – I think crossovers definitely make it exciting.  Makes shows seem more real in a way.  The cast for both are awesome. Everyone was very professional.

Now that you’ve worked on both shows, how does the vibe on the two shows compare?
Well location on Hawaii Five-0 didn’t suck that’s for sure. As for “vibe” I think the guys on NCIS:LA win that one only because I’ve worked more with them.  Sorry! Plus Alex O’Loughlin wasn’t around either.

How did you like working in Hawaii?
I had been to Hawaii a few times before, once to shoot “Lost” but this time was better ’cause I got a little time off and was able to discover the island.  I swam with dolphins at Sea Life Park,  I went up to the north shore, I went to the Doris Duke house and visited Pearl Harbor.  I ate Hawaiian regional cuisine at Alan Wong’s restaurant and Morimoto’s — what’s not to love about Hawaii?   And the people are awesome too – so friendly and have a great sense of fun.

I’ve totally forgotten about your role in “Lost”.  Tragic that “You All Every Butties” never took off!  What do you think of the H5-0 fans that have started to follow you on twitter?
As for twitter, I only really started playing with it when I joined NCIS:LA and started chatting with some of the fans there. It’s really cool and important to me to see what the real people think about the shows.  But since Hawaii – wow it’s gone nuts! I have a really wicked sense of humor and I love to mess around, and I think a lot of the Five-0 fans are the same way. I hope tweeps don’t take me too seriously.

As far as I can see, the Five-0 fans have taken to you quickly.  But how difficult is it to be on the social network and being an actor?
In LA it’s difficult ’cause we have to drive everywhere and work and socialize in real time, when I was on the
island there was a lot more time for me as I didn’t have to feed the dog, grocery shop, all that crap.

Yes, you do seem the International Man of Leisure on twitter- the ladies seem to be loving the attention you give. Any message to them?
Seems I helped redefine some words there and some phrases that seem to have stuck.  So, “Behave, look after your crumpets and Dannado’s or I’ll have to come back to give you all a good #thudding”.  They’ll know what I mean.

Dracul going back to Cali? LL doesn't think so. (Photo @craigryoung)

And on a final note, at the end of the episode, is Dracul Going Back to Cali, Cali, Cali?
Wait and see all will be revealed. All I will say is “I need love” ;-)

 


 

And there you have it, Craig Young needs love!  Follow him on twitter @craigryoung. Definitely check out “Andy and Chaz Bugger off to America”…if you liked “Snatch” you’ll love these webisodes.

Alex, I don’t know if you know, but Anuhea is kind of a “Big Deal”

April 23rd, 2012 by

I’m pretty sure Anuhea didn’t use that line from her hit song “Big Deal”, but Hawaii Five-0 fans got a glimpse of the Hawaii Five-0 studio wrap party last night thanks to the local singer’s facebook photos, who performed.

She’s a very talented singer/songwriter, so check out her website and her new CD “For Love”.

Packed house at Taylor Wily’s Wrap’Um Party

April 23rd, 2012 by

Taylor and new friends. (Photo: Brian Tseng, Honolulupulse.com)

300 friends, family and fans packed the old Big Island Steak House space at Aloha Tower to celebrate Taylor Wily’s Wrap’Um Party Saturday night.  Some lucky attendees got their own real fans with Taylor’s iconic face on it.  Fans patiently waited on the escalator going up to the balcony and when they finally arrived on the second floor were greeted by the red carpet and paparazzi line leading to Taylor himself.

Flash bulbs went off as photographers shot fans with Taylor for the meet and greet.  The music kicked off later with Hot Rain, and Fiji with special guest J Boog who brought the house down with their biggest hits.  The crowd got a thrill from a real haka (war chant), showing off some Polynesian pride for the night.  Cradle 2 Grave closed out the live music for the night.

Hawaii Five-0 fans were excited to meet Hawaii Five-0′s Kamekona, and also rubbed elbows with local stars Devon Nekoba and Karl Herlinger.  The party was immensely successful, and Taylor’s closing words were “It’ll be bigger next year, thank you to all the fans who came to party and to those who made it happen!”

See the whole 70 photo set by Brian Tseng at honolulupulse.com!

Taylor Wily to appear on the Mike Buck Radio Show today!

April 18th, 2012 by
Taylor Wily (Photo: Officer 808)

Taylor Wily (Photo: Officer 808)

Taylor Wily (Kamekona, of course!) is making the media rounds, and is to appear on my good pal Mike Buck’s radio show on AM 690 KHNR.  They’ll be on at 8:00 AM Hawaii Standard Time Thursday morning (4/18) and will be discussing Hawaii Five-0, the upcoming season 2 finale, and of course, Taylor Wily’s Wrap’Um Party Of The Year.  And let me warn you, there’s going to be a super secret, totally awesome guest on the program as well!

Mike is inviting everyone to call in with questions for Taylor!

Go to the KHNR website and click the “Listen Live” link on the menu bar.

Talking Story with Mike Buck on AM 690 KHNR for “Kālele” and “Ha’alele” (Hawaii Five-0 podcast)

April 18th, 2012 by

Sorry Undercover Special Agents, I’ve been sitting on these two podcasts for awhile.  First up is my podcast with Mike Buck on “Kālele”, discussing Ed Asner reprising his original Five-0 role, followed by a podcast of “Ha’alele”.  Sit, download and enjoy!

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, March 20, 2012

Officer 808 on the Mike Buck Show, April 10, 2012

Things We Learned About Hawaii From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 220, “Ha’alele”

April 11th, 2012 by

I miss you, Steve :’(

Photo: Norman Shapiro/CBS

“Ha’alele” was the first new episode in a couple of weeks, which brought about some notable changes.  The most glaring one is the absence of the Five-0 team’s main man Steve McGarrett, as filming of this episode coincided with his prescription medication treatment.   I’m sure the writers had to scramble to find some plausible reason for Steve to leave that fans would accept and would play right into the story.  While I find it hard to believe that Steve would just pick up and leave, Danny’s passing comment that perhaps Steve was “trying to protect them” made sense, since the last time the team went on a field trip, hapless Jenna Kaye didn’t come back home.  But what was Steve doing in Tokyo?  Looking for the perfect bowl of saimin (ramen)?  Catching up on the sumo season?  We know Wo Fat and Hiro Yoshimuri both are tied to Japan and Shelburne, so thrusting Steve in Japan might play out perfectly with the Shelburne mystery.

For the first few minutes of the episode, Danny looked like a fish out of water without his buddy to banter with.  Thankfully for him, he’s in a target rich environment, and his scenes with Kamekona on the missing truck and Chin on the fine nuances of plate lunches lightened the episode just enough.  And speaking of needing to be lightened up…

Jeepers Creepers

Without a doubt this probably had to be the creepiest episode of the series so far.  I think Robert Englund (the crazy homeles guy from “Ka Iwi Kapu”) would have to admit that.  Dark North Shore back roads and a cluttered, musty church basement made for some good ambiance as the team tracked a serial killer.  On top of that, casting did a great job of finding the absolute creepiest looking actors- the local helping the victim (Micheal Gueso),  Pruitt Taylor Vince as the wrongly accused “Trashman” and even the church custodian played by Max Perlich.

Just the right mix

"I am Max Bergman, you've killed my mother, now prepare to die. YA-TA!" Vidcap CBS

The episode found precisely the right mix of levity, drama and action in this episode. The running gag with Kamekona’s (Taylor Wily) missing shrimp wagon, his list of suspects and Danny’s constant disregard for Kamekona’s dilemma balanced the gravity of Max’s story. Writer Elwood Reid cleverly explained how the Asian medical examiner wound up with an other-than-Asian name. But on top of that, the drama that evolved around Max’s case, from his persistence to free the wrongly convicted “Trashman” to the reveal that his biologic mother was a murder victim, to his final confrontation to the real killer really showed how the show can evoke a deep pathos for the characters. Masi Oka nailed his parts perfectly to achieve that, and seeing Max evolve beyond his quirkiness was brilliant.

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 220, “Ha’alele”

1)  Amazingly, the Five-0 team finally catches a criminal who doesn’t live in a fancy Kahala house!

2)  @Bakabreath mentioned that the razor in the tire was overkill on the woman’s tire, since our legendary potholes would have done the job for much cheaper.

Did you notice…?

Danny loves food and will not let anyone come in the way of it:  malasadas at Steve’s house with a trail of sugar powder everywhere, stealing a popsicle out of Steve fridge after the noisy ninjas break into the house, swiping Mary Ann’s coffee while she’s distracted with Steve.   And last, totally blowing off Kamekona’s crisis, yet demanding a shrimp plate on the house.  What a friend!

There was great casting in the background actors as well.  Bravo to the casting department!

Vidcap CBS

Vidcap CBS

Vidcap CBS

Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 219, “Kālele”

March 21st, 2012 by

Tying the past to the present

If there are any classic Hawaii Five-0 fans grumbling at how the new series has Jack Lord doing back flips in his grave, I hope they gave “Kālele” a fair chance.  In “Kālele”, writer Joe Halpin was spot on in creating a brilliant story that tied the classic series to the new one in a creative way.  Joe brought back Ed Asner, reprising his role of August March, the sinister diamond smuggler who just finished a thirty year stint in Halawa prison for the murder of  two of his associates.

“But how is the same character brought into the new series if it’s not directly related to the old one?” one may ask.  And therein lies the brilliance of re-inventing the procedural to keep it fresh.  August March is the same character in both series, though in one “alternate reality” he’s busted by Jack Lord’s Steve McGarrett, and in another he’s taken in by William Sadler’s John McGarrett.  Sounds a little like Desmond bouncing between realities in “Lost” doesn’t it?  Well, maybe not.

Ed Asner as August March, Kalele, Hawaii Five-0

Ed Asner played the role perfectly, appearing as a docile ex-con, harangued by the persistent Captain Fryer.  March even waxed nostalgic with Steve, talking about a young John McGarrett who refused to take a bribe from March.  The episode faded into the classic Five-0 footage viathe ivory figures in March’s apartment, which was a clever touch.  Fryer’s voice over to the vintage footage was incorporated perfectly in to the episode and really showed in a lot of ways how far Hawaii Five-0 and Ed Asner have come along.  The episode continued with March doddling along, helping the Five-0 team solve the case, flirt with Kono and bait a suspect in.  Of course the big kicker that I totally did not suspect was that August March was in it all along, who dispatched the diamond seller Angela at the pier, with his parting words lifted right out of the old episode: “Never turn your back on the buyer!”.

With March walking off into the darkness, he became one of the few baddies who actually wins one against the Five-0 team, as in most cases Steve and crew bring their man in.  But with a body floating in Honolulu Harbor, I would venture a guess that the investigation will work its way back to August March…is this the last we’ll be seeing of him?

Parade of guest stars

Tom Sizemore was brilliant again in his role as Captain Fryer.  Slowly, I think he’s earning the fans’ trust, and while he may rustle feathers with everyone, he appears to be on the side of good.

Tom Sizemore, Kalele, Hawaii Five-0

I loved seeing Taryn Manning again back as Mary Ann McGarrett.  I expected her to do a little more butt kicking as she did the last time she was on, and seeing her as the patsy in all this while trying to do good for herself does emote some sympathy for her.

Jason Scott Lee returned to reprise his role as the corrupt Detective Kaleo chillin’ like a villain in Halawa.  I had a feeling that at some point we would see the smug cop return to harass the Five-0 team, and what better way than for him to be calling the shots in the diamond heist from prison.  I still hope they bring his character back again.

Now how many of you expected a scene something like this when you saw Tony Dodd: a man tossing out his cigarette starts a flash fire in the trash can of the hotel lobby.  The sprinkler system activates, but the overhead sprinkler is defective, and instead the water pressure shoots the spigot into the back of someone’s head.  I get “Final Destination” flashbacks when I see him, but he rounded out the guest stars perfectly in this episode.

Mary Ann got it all wrong

I understand that Mary Ann was probably panicked about trying to save Angela and thought that taping the diamonds to her was the best way to get them on the plane.  What she should have done was say, give Danny brand new awesomely awesome denim boardshorts (“Hey Danny, I Bedazzled these just for you!”) and tell him that the surfing is much better this time of year at Seaside Heights, New Jersey.   Then de-Bedazzle the diamonds off when they get to Jersey.  I don’t think Danny would have noticed it at all…

And now, Things We Learned About Hawaii, From Hawaii Five-0, Episode 219, “Kālele”

1)  Danny should have remembered Kono clocking the surfer from the Pilot.  Don’t drop in on anyone’s wave.  Or he should have been familiar with the surfing classic “North Shore” and the classic line “Ho Vince dis haole is so haole he don’t even know how haole he is”.

2)  Pupu is a borrowed pidgin word from Chinese, and refers to a plate or platter of appetizers, and not a plate of poo-poo.

Did you notice…?

Danny had no idea how to stick his surfboard in the sand.  It’s funny to see Danny flounder as Scott is an avid surfer.

The logo for Town and Country appeared on the surfboard and is a local surf and skate shop.

Danny always makes himself at home at Steve’s house- malasada powder all over the dining table, helping himself to anything in his fridge, occupying the couch and keeping the TV blaring, letting his dog stay in Steve’s bed, and helping himself to Mary Ann’s coffee.  True surfing buddies.

There was a nice tribute to Mrs. Freeman at the end of the episode.

Hawaii Five-0 filming rolls on after heavy O’ahu rains

March 7th, 2012 by
Taylor, Terry and Alex, filming at the HHV, 8/15/2011. (Photo: Undercover Special Agent Mapletastic)

Taylor, Terry and Alex, filming at the HHV, 8/15/2011. (Photo: Undercover Special Agent Mapletastic)

Two days of torrential rainstorms, lightning strikes and a hailstorm has not slowed down the production of Hawaii Five-0 filming.  A source within the production has told me that filming was done in earnest today, which included a scene featuring Scott Caan, Masi Oka, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Taylor Wily in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  The cast were all smiles and laughs on a bright day at the beach.  Conspicuously missing was Alex O’Loughlin, who had entered treatment earlier in the week.  The source told me that Alex is definitely missed by the cast and crew, but they truly feel the Aloha that the fans have been showing in support of Alex and the show.

 

 

Dennis Miller hosts Peter Lenkov on his radio show

March 6th, 2012 by

Love him or hate him, Dennis Miller is a funny guy.  He interviewed Peter Lenkov the morning of the day “Lekio” was broadcast.  It’s a short clip but you’ll get a few laughs out of it.  Thanks to a heads up from @AOLRocks and HawaiiFiveoonline.com for the audio clip.

BTS from Hawaii Five-0 “Lekiō” featuring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan

February 29th, 2012 by

Submitted by Undercover Special Agent Gateau who happened to be in the right place at the right time a couple of weeks ago!  Check out Danny and Steve outside of the fruit stand run by the illegal firecracker dealer played by Jimmy Borges.