Alex O’Loughlin — a veteran of three TV series “Moonlight,” “Three Rivers,” “The Shield” — stars opposite Jennifer Lopez in the new romantic comedy, “The Back-Up Plan,” but don’t worry. He’s still in the TV game, starring in the new “Hawaii Five-O.“
by Elizabeth Snead, zap2it.com, 2 April 2010
To prep for playing Steve McGarrett, he watched a few episodes of the original 1968 series. “It’s very dated and it’s funny to go back and watch it, even the acting is very stylized and the voice work is so different,” O’Loughlin told The Dish Rag exclusively.
The new “Five-O“ will be very different overall. Yes, the theme music is the same. And Steve is still fighting crime in Hawaii. But it’s on a whole other level. “Steve is a Navy SEAL,” O’Loughlin explains. “He spent his childhood in Hawaii, left, joined the military and became a special ops commander, then comes back to the island for a reason and ends up running a task force for the government.”
Just don’t expect him to wear Hawaiian shirts. O’Loughlin reveals: “I’m in my dress blues and metal racks for special occasions and on the set the rest of the time, I’m really a cargo pants, T-shirt, tactical boots kind of guy.”
In the teaser, O’Loughlin is seen in North Korea on a mission in full military gear with lots of stunts, gun play, hand-to-hand fighting. “I love all that stuff,” he admits.
What will audiences be surprised by? The relationship between Alex and Scott Caan, who plays Danno Williams. “We really hit it off. We were born on the same day, about 7 hours apart and even though we come from different sides of the planet, there are a lot of similarities between us.”
He has high hopes for the show but doesn’t want to get disappointed. “I’m so tired right now, I’ve worked two weeks straight without a day off, and worked through the weekend to get days off for the press junket for “The Back-Up Plan.”
“I don’t why it’s not gonna get picked up,” he says of the series. “But I’ve done this three times before and learned the hard and painful way that you have to put it out of your mind. You can have 10 million viewers and everything looks amazing and the next day, you’re canceled.”
But one thing remains the same. Alex does say, “Book ’em Danno,” at the end of the show’s pilot, which should please fans of the original series
- This is a very short interview, but it is always interesting for me to see what the feelings were in the beginning of H50.
- Still interesting to me that Moonlight was canceled, even though it had 10 million viewers tuning in. 😦
- It seems like they (Alex and Scott) are struggling to figure out exactly how many hours apart they were born 🙂 – here in the interview Alex talks about 7 hours and recently on the Queen Latifa show, Scott talked about 5 Hours. Last year on their birthday, we did a story on it:
- Alex O’Loughlin – Because the world is round……