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January 17th, 2014 by Terry
Interviews from a recent CBS press day are beginning to see the light of day, and we love this one with Alex O’Loughlin from the Montreal Gazette. If you’ve been a fan of the Hawaii Five-0 star’s for any length of time, you know that he loves what he does for a living, and appreciates the fans who make it a possibility.
Read on for more of O’Loughlin’s candid words.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Alex O’Loughlin is recognized more often in public and occasionally stopped, even while shopping with his family. Other than that, “the Hawaii Five-0 effect,” as O’Loughlin calls it, has been like a day at the beach.
Hawaii Five-0, now in its fourth season and nearing 100 episodes, has cast the 1968 original series in the shade of late. Five-0 is not Emmy or Golden Globe material, but it is one of the most watched weekly dramas on television, particularly in Canada, where it draws nearly two million viewers each week and has firmly dispelled the notion of the so-called “Friday-night death slot” — the night where shows go to die.
O’Loughlin, a Canberra, Australia, native who appeared briefly in the short-lived CBS series Moonlight and Three Rivers before landing the role of Steve McGarrett in the newly minted Hawaii Five-0 in 2010, credits a passionate following that has helped make Five-0 destination television.
“Without the fans, we are nothing,” a visibly relaxed O’Loughlin told a small group of international reporters, from countries as far flung as Turkey, Malaysia, Russia and his native Australia. “Without the fans, filmmaking is a redundant industry. We need people to come and see what we do. I love them and cherish them, because without them I would have to go and do something else. I’d be a carpenter or something, because otherwise I wouldn’t have a job. I’m proud of my show, man.”
Aside from being recognized at the market — “If you go to buy bananas with me on a Saturday at Whole Foods, it takes a really long time” — and wanting to shield his children from the public eye, O’Loughlin says his experience filming Five-0 in Hawaii with Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Vancouver native Grace Park has been swell.
O’Loughlin juggles work with his children and a household full of pets — a dog and two chameleons — and that keeps him grounded. Working in Hawaii has afforded him the opportunity to earn a living at what he does best, and live a proper, down-at-home life at the same time, without fear of being hounded by paparazzi or celebrity stalkers.
“It’s a funny business, this business that we’re in,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s a weird job that I have. I love it. I did my first play when I was eight-, nine-years-old. I loved it then, and I love it now. I’m not really good at anything else.
“There’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress and a lot of pressure, though. The hours are terrible. There are a lot of risks, physical risks (that go along with doing an action show). All that stuff goes away when I’m with my kids. Any parent will understand what I’m saying: When you look at your kids, nothing else matters. Everything you do is for your kids.”
O’Loughlin dispelled suggestions that he’s looking for a way to get out of Hawaii Five-0. He was misquoted in a recent media report, he said.
“I signed a contract for six or seven years, and that’s what I’m committed to. And if we do anything after that, we do something after that.
“Look, I love this show. This show is my job. This is my show. I like doing more work than anyone else connected to the show. I have from the beginning, and I will to the end. This is my life, and it’s all I have. I don’t have time to go do films. I don’t have the luxury of gaps in my schedule so I can go and do passion projects. I miss that, but I’m fully committed to Hawaii Five-0 and I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given. I get really mad when I’m misquoted. I try to be honest with the press. I don’t give one-word answers, and I like to say what I think. I’ve got a bit of a sense of humour. But when I’m misquoted and painted in a certain way, it makes me not want to do press. I’m ferociously protective of this show, so I would like to meet that journalist again on a carpet.”
Hawaii Five-0’s showrunner, head writer and executive producer Peter Lenkov hails originally from Montreal — a world away from Hawaii’s tropical breezes and trade winds.
“Peter’s the best,” O’Loughlin said. “It’s crazy. He’s from Montreal but he sounds like he’s from Long Island. He has a Long Island accent. It’s very strange. Look, Peter is the one guy that works harder than I do. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have the show. If it wasn’t for his advocacy and his championing of me, I wouldn’t be a part of this and you wouldn’t be talking to me today.
“He is the most committed, resourceful, vision-driven guy I think I’ve ever met. He’s the best writer with plot that I’ve ever met. The way he can solve problems on set, creatively in the script, within 30 minutes’ time, and have the pages ready for is … is incredible. He’s hands-on. He’s on-set regularly, and always available. I will email him at 4 a.m., and he’ll email me back in three minutes. He’s a huge reason we’re still on the air, why the show is the hit that it is, and why all the fans around the world get to have a show every week. I really think that with a different showrunner, it may have been a different story. We may not have stayed on the air.”
O’Loughlin is not about to trade in Hawaii for Hollywood any time soon, in any event.
“When I come back to Los Angeles, the first thing I notice is the pollution. Then I notice the billboards everywhere, for TV and movies. I’m, like, oh my God, he’s in a TV show? She’s doing TV now? There are no billboards in Hawaii, no posters or anything.
“There’s something refreshing about that. Hollywood is like another planet, in that sense. It’s refreshing to be away from that, because that side of things doesn’t inform my life on any level. It just distracts me from what’s important. And what’s important is my family and my health and my work.” - Alex Strachan, Postmedia News
January 17th, 2014 by officer808
November 23, 2013
Big City Diner, Aiea
William Sadler, Amy Bakari, Lisa Woo, Dennis Chun, Keith Sato at Big City Diner for the Hawaii Five-0 Tweet Up. (Photo: Kenny Kai; originally posted to Five-0 Redux/Wendie Burbridge)
“Wow!” says William Sadler. He marvels at the Liliha Bakery coco puff that @monimoob puts in front of him.
“All I’ve done since I’ve got here to Hawaii is eat. This can’t be good for my waistline!” he says while biting into it. ”Can you imagine a scene in a future episode?”
He sticks his arms out to the side and puffs up his cheeks.
“Steve,” he drones in a ghostly voice. ”I am your fah-ther!”
“Yeah,” I say, “John McGarrett’s been eating well in the afterlife!”
This night, local fans have the honor and pleasure of spending an evening with actor William Sadler at the fan event organized by Amy Bakari of Team H50. He has an easy, affable, charm about him that makes everyone at ease. He talks about the restoration of vintage windows and doors in his country house and chatted with me on his past projects. He mentions his role as Death on Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. I totally forgot that he played Death in that movie (“You have sunk my Battleship!”) because his on-screen accent is such a departure from his normal speaking voice. I tell him that he was brilliant in Die Had 2 and The Shawkshank Redemption. Fortunately Agents, he graciously agrees to answer a few questions for 50undercover.com!
When you took the role of John McGarrett, what did you expect?
I had a long conversation with Peter Lenkov before I took the role. He described the character and the character’s importance of laying the foundation of what Steve goes through, where he comes from, as Steve launches into season 1. He described John McGarrett’s part in the mythology and the back story. It sounded interesting to me, and I wanted to work with Peter and I loved the original show, so I went for it.
As John McGarrett’s character progressed, has the character gone on as planned or did you re-
interpret or re-analyze the way you’re playing him as more was revealed?
It’s a little bit like reading a novel. With each episode, a little more gets revealed about who he is, what he did, who he was married to. It’s what I like about episodic television, it’s a script that keeps evolving, the characters and history get deeper and richer if it’s well written. We keep learning, I keep learning, as the audience does, who these people are.
So is this a challenge to evolve your character as the show goes on, or is John a fairly
static character? He’s dead, after all.
That’s the funny thing! He’s dead so there’s no more evolving, but every time he comes back, like in “Hookman” we got to see what he meant to Steve. And with the one that I’m filming right now, we get to see more of who this man is, what he cared about, and who he cared about when he walked the earth. It’s a funny way to tell a story to go backward and forward at the same time. Hopefully it makes what you’re watching now richer.
Right now, what shows are you a fan of and what shows move you?
I’m a fan of Hawaii Five-0! [laughs]
I’m also doing Homeland. The the writing is good, each time I get the script, I’m like ”Wow, look at this!” Everybody grows, everybody changes, everybody takes the next step in their life, but it’s fascinating in “Homeland” because when things get thrown at the characters, it changes them forever.
Frankly, the best writing happening today is on television. Period. Every once in awhile there’s a wonderful, wonderful movie, but the majority of the really fine writing, acting, and directing seems to be happening on television.
I totally agree! So you’re one of the actors who jumps from the big screen to the small
screen, do you have a preference in which one you’d rather work?
I love being able to bounce between the two. They offer something different for actors. Usually on big films, you have the luxury of time, which you never do on television, shooting something in 8 days. For a TV scene, we’re shooting it now, because ready or not, we’re shooting it this minute. It’s fun to shoot that way sometimes because you don’t have time to worry about anything, or going back and redoing it. You’re shooting fast, and always moving. I did three years on “Roswell”, and it’s the same …we have to shoot it and gotta get the scene before lunch or we’re not gonna get it at all. Also for movies, the script has been worked on, played with, for years.
With that said, I like episodic television. I like getting each chapter, and the next script,and the next script. I used to love that on “Roswell”. I enjoyed it because I felt they used me well! For season 1, I was chasing the alien kids, I was their enemy. For the whole second season I was protecting them, and then in the third I lost my job, I was lost. That sort of evolution is fun, when they let you change.
Is there a role that you turned down, that you saw later and thought “I could have done
[pauses to think and laughs] You know, I can’t think of anything.
Wow, that’s pretty good! It must mean everything you’ve done is memorable!
[laughs] It’s a long and checkered career…there’s Shawshank Redemption at one end, and
cheesy horror movies on the other!
Catch William Sadler reprising his role as John McGarrett in tonight’s Hawaii Five-0, “hana lokomaika”!
January 16th, 2014 by littlesrule
It’s reunion week on Hawaii Five-0 as one of the notable guest stars has worked with members of the cast before.
Robert Knepper (seen questioning Chin in the above clip) also appeared as Stanley Nawalicki in last summer’s movie R.I.P.D. which was based on a comic by none other that Hawaii Five-0 Executive Director, Peter Lenkov. Lenkov also co-wrote Friday’s episode. He also had a recurring role on the scf-fi hit Heroes along side Masi Oka (aka Dr. Max Bergman). Knepper is probably best known for his role as bad guy Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell from Prison Break.
Papa McGarrett (William Sadler) is back this week. Watch for him in the flashback clips with Chin Ho as we learn more about Chin’s past.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS QUESTIONS CHIN ABOUT HIS FATHER’S MURDER 15 YEARS EARLIER AND HOW HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MALIA AND HER FAMILY MIGHT HAVE HURT THE INVESTIGATION, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY, JAN. 17
“*Hana lokomaika’i” – Internal Affairs questions Chin about his father’s murder 15 years earlier and how his then-new relationship with Malia and her family might have hurt the investigation, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(*Hana lokomaika’i is Hawaiian for “The Favor”)
Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)
Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua)
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman)
Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins)
Reiko Aylesworth (Malia Waincroft)
William Sadler (John McGarrett)
Robert Knepper (IA Detective Rex Coughlin)
Brian Thompson (IA Detective Nicholas Cruz)
Christopher Sean (Gabriel Waincroft)
Kelly R. Thomas (DEA Agent Branch)
Danny Akau (Ronald Palau)
Jae Je (Teddy Luna)
Una Wilding (Hanna Koi)
Gary Ala (Kam Tong Kelly)
Michael Hasegawa (Store Owner)
Kyler Sakamoto (Son)
David Asing (Gangbanger #1)
Neil Andres (Gangbanger #2)
Sumitoshi Sakamoto (Buddhist Monk)
STORY BY: Peter M. Tassler
TELEPLAY BY: Peter M. Lenkov and Ken Solarz
DIRECTED BY: Sylvain White
January 15th, 2014 by littlesrule
“413 Playback” from Peter Lenkov via Twitter
Get ready Chin Ho fans!
Friday’s Hawaii Five-0 episode will be Chin-centrique as we learn more about his back story, his father’s murder and about his early relationship with Malia. While Chin is being questioned by Internal Affairs, we will get to see a flashback which will include a teenage Kono. I wonder if the ageless Grace Park will be playing the young Kono.
Daniel Dae Kim will be tweeting about why this episode is one of his favourites.
He will also be appearing on CBS This Morning and Live with Kelly and Michael on Friday. Check your local listings for specific times.
As promised, Daniel Dae Kim tweeted his first and second reason why tomorrow Hawaii Five-0 episode is one of his favourites.
Daniel Dae Kim with Robert Knepper and Brian Thompson
Photo courtesy of Daniel Dae kim via Twitter
You can follow Daniel on Twitter at twitter.com/danieldaekim.
Here is a sneak peek of Friday’s episode.
January 12th, 2014 by Terry
CBS has issued a new press release for the next phase of the “Fan Built Five-0″ chapter. This is the second year in a row that the show starring Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, and Scott Caan, has aired an interactive episode. This season’s effort, however, is allowing viewers even more opportunities to put their imprint on the show. The clock is ticking, and there are important people waiting for you to cast your vote, so let’s go!
The Five-0 crew awaits your vote.
H50 FANS, YOU’RE NOT DONE YET! “HAWAII FIVE-0” INVITES VIEWERS TO NOW CHOOSE ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS FOR THE FAN-BUILT “FIVE-0” EPISODE TO BE BROADCAST LATER THIS SEASON
“Hawaii Five-0” Viewers Can Choose Wardrobe, Props, Title and Music on CBS.com
For a Special Episode to be Broadcast Later This Season
CBS announced that the Fan Built “Five-0” initiative, where HAWAII FIVE-0 producers invite viewers to help build an episode to be broadcast later this season, has added additional key elements on CBS.com for fans to vote.
Starting January 10, viewers will be able to select wardrobe and props by voting on http://www.cbs.com/H50vote. In upcoming weeks, viewers will be able to select featured music and the episode’s title. Previously, viewers have voted on Scene of the Crime (winning element: Chin Ho’s High School Reunion), The Victim (winning element: Macadamia Nut Tycoon), The Murder Weapon (winning element: Five-Inch Stiletto), The Evidence (winning element: Toy Rocket), The Suspect (winning element: Struggling Illusionist) and The Takedown (winning element: Giant Maze).
From Jan. 10 – Jan. 17, viewers will be able to vote on wardrobe choices for Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park), as well as which five-inch stiletto will be used as the murder weapon.
From Feb. 14 – Feb. 21, viewers can vote on the band whose music they want to hear featured in the episode. Names of participating bands will be announced at a later date.
From March 7 – March 14, fans will choose the episode title from the following choices:
- ”Po’ina ‘Ole” (Never Forgotten)
- ”Ho’i Hou” (Reunited)
- ”Pa’a i ke au” (Stuck in Time)
- ”He ha’ina ‘ino” (Deadly Confession)
- ”Hua’i ‘ia” (Unearthed)
January 9th, 2014 by littlesrule
KONO IS BACK!!!
Since the beginning of Season 4, Grace Park has had much less screen time than in previous seasons, causing some fans to speculate that she may be being written out of the show. Executive producer, Peter Lenkov, tried to reassure fans that Park would be returning mid-season. This Friday, we see Kono’s homecoming, much to the delight of the Hawaii Five-0 fans.
Another notable returnee is director Peter Weller (of Robocop fame.) You may remember him from the Season 3 episode when Weller played the heinous “Hookman.”
Below is an extended preview of Friday’s show.
MCGARRETT HELPS GROVER INVESTIGATE HIS FRIEND’S DISAPPEARANCE AFTER HE APPARENTLY COMMITS MURDER, ON “HAWAII FIVE-0,” FRIDAY JAN. 10
“*O kēlā me kēia manawa” – McGarrett helps Grover investigate his friend’s disappearance after he apparently commits murder. Meanwhile, Kono continues her search for Adam, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Jan. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
(*O kēlā me kēia manawa is Hawaiian for “Now and Then”)
Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett)
Scott Caan (Danny “Danno” Williams)
Daniel Dae Kim (Chin Ho Kelly)
Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua)
Masi Oka (Dr. Max Bergman)
Michelle Borth (Catherine Rollins)
Taylor Wily (Kamekona)
Chi McBride (Captain Lou Grover)
Teilor Grubbs (Grace Williams)
Brian Yang (Charlie Fong)
Ian Anthony Dale (Adam Noshimuri)
Dennis Chun (Sgt. Duke Lukela)
Shawn Mokuahi Garnett (Flippa)
Karl Makinen (Jack Anderson)
Zeus Kang (Gus Yamada)
Eugene Shaw (Dennis Koga)
Lili Simmons (Amber Vitale)
Laurie Fortier (Bridgette Anderson)
Spencer Churchill (Justin Anderson)
Michael Ray Clark (Adrian Poe)
Nick Hoffa (Alex Roberts)
Zay Harding (Matt Haley)
Jennifer Fairbank (Bartender)
Mahealani Richardson (News Reporter)
Nicholas Yee (CSU Tech)
Mark Malalis (Paramedic #1)
Joanna Georgiev (Girl)
Ekona Ravey (Boyfriend)
WRITTEN BY: John Dove
DIRECTED BY: Peter Weller
January 6th, 2014 by littlesrule
Marcus Natividad in A’ale Ma’a Wau
Marcus Natividad’s agent gave him a piece of advice that is not heard very often in Hollywood – get more tattoos. Natividad discovered he was good at playing the villain after shaving is head and following his agent’s advice. His bad guy appearance was something Hollywood casting agents were after.
Natividad looks up to Hawaii Five-0 alum Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Hiro Noshimuri), another tough guy actor who is much less villainous in reality than the characters he portrays.
Marcus Natividad played Tom Akuna in Hawaii Five-0 “A’ale Ma’a Wau” and he can also been seen in Iron Man 3 and Sons of Anarchy.
Check out Natividad’s full video interview with abs-cbnnews.com HERE.