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Alex O’Loughlin’s Guide to Moonlight, Episode 1

We came across this curious little thing online, a short while ago.  Alex O’Loughlin had spoken with SciFi TV Zone, and given them a commentary on each Moonlight episode. It was new to us and immediately saw the opportunity to pick our favorite Mick pics (mostly faces) with each episode guide. And we suspect there are many like us, that have not come across his thoughts. We are posting an episode daily.

On a side note, we made our own caps every other episode, Paula´s are the uneven numbered and FOYeur´s the even numbered. PS. For some reason this first episode only has half the amount of pics the other posts will have. No idea what happened there 😉

Introduction – Alex on Moonlight

“For his part, O’Loughlin remains proud of what the show accomplished and what it represents. “I got to be a part of a story I really liked,” he says. “And I’ve always wanted to play a vampire since I was a kid, and that’s not something that will necessarily happen again in my life. It was just a great fit and a great experience. It was also a stressful experience. We were under budget, we were always fighting for everything we needed. We weren’t the golden child at all, we were the one that had to constantly present reasons not to be shut down.


“It was wonderful to fight for something and keep it alive for longer than it otherwise would have been,” he continues. “It’s great to be a part of a success, even if it was for only a season. The thing is, we were able to tell some really important stories. It wasn’t just about these monstrous creatures and sexual romps. What we went for constantly is the big truth, for the human truth, the human story and that’s the reason we make films in the first place. We didn’t always hit it, but I feel that from time to time we did and that’s why we held on to the audience, because they sensed that truth.” (SciFi TV Zone, Edward Gross)

Moonlight Episode 1

– No Such Thing As Vampires –

Written by: Ron Koslow & Trevor Munson

Directed by: Rod Holcomb

(28 Sept 2007)

Private eye Mick St. John and Internet reporter Beth Turner come together while investigating a murder that is the handiwork of a professor using vampire lore to seduce college students.

The episode was actually shot twice, its original pilot differing drastically from the final episode, particularly in the fact that with the exception of Alex O’Loughlin, the entire cast was changed.

Alex:

“The rhythm and tone changed pretty dramatically,” says O’Loughlin. “You put new actors in and new stuff is going to happen. They also changed the age of the characters. For instance, Josef [Mick’s best friend, also a vampire] changed from 65 to 25, which is a dramatic shift. Plotwise, there were a bunch of ideas in the unaired pilot that we stretched across a couple of episodes.

“I think the final pilot episode felt compartmentalized,” he adds, “because we had to set up our mythology and our rules for the show. It couldn’t be 44 minutes of exposition and rule setting, so there had to be a story in there as well. But we had to set up this new myth of vampires, this new world of vampires and we had to introduce the primary characters. So we had a fair bit of work to cram into the first episode, which I think we did successfully.”

The Faces of Mick:

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Link to the next Episode here

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The Biting Truth – May 2008

Alex O’Loughlin stakes a claim to ‘Moonlight’s’ classical roots

Boston Herald

4 May 2007

 by Kate O’Hare, Zap2It 

Mick and Beth (e14)

Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin, star of CBS’ vampire drama “Moonlight” (Fridays at 9 p.m. on WBZ, Ch. 4), sat on the set on a March evening at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. – and enjoyed the view.
He wasn’t looking at his co-star, lovely British actress Sophia Myles, who plays his human love interest, Beth. He was looking at a silver sports car up on a rig for the night’s filming.

“I love the car,” he said. “Oh, my God. I don’t (get to drive it), actually. I would very much like to. It’s an Audi R8. (It’s got) 500 horsepower, turbocharged V-8. It’s pretty fantastic.”

Audi R8
After some further chat about cars and motorcycles (which included a brief primer on Spokey Dokes, apparently a popular bicycle-spoke accessory), the conversation drifted to O’Loughlin’s classical education and what that has to do with playing Mick St. John, a vampire private eye in Los Angeles. Naming “Hamlet” as his favorite Shakespeare play, O’Loughlin made parallels between Mick and the indecisive Dane. “There’s absolutely a little Hamlet in Mick. Don’t worry about that. There absolutely is, in the loss of his family, the ‘to be or not to be.’ There’s a lot of Hamlet in there.”

Hamlet

Maybe it is time for a new remake of Hamlet – Maybe Alex as Hamlet?

As to who is the equivalent of the ghost of Hamlet’s murdered father, which haunts him in the castle parapets, O’Loughlin suggested Coraline (Shannyn Sossamon), the vampire who seduced the then-human Mick, then turned him into a creature of the night. “Coraline is the ghost,” he said. Then he thought of Josef (Jason Dohring), the young-looking but very old vampire who is Mick’s best pal. “Josef may be Horatio . . . you know what, hey! Josef is not as reflective as Horatio. This is interesting. I wonder if Shakespeare is turning in his grave that we’re drawing conclusions.”

Coraline and Mick

O’Loughlin also linked “Moonlight” to another Shakespeare tragedy. “I think there’s a lot of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in it,” he said. The fans are like, ‘When are Mick and Beth going to (have sex)?’ I’m like, ‘Hang on a minute: It’s going to be another show. It’s really going to shift the dynamic of the show if those two consummate their love at that level.’ ” He added, “I’m not the showrunner, but I don’t think we’ve earned it yet.”

Fans love the relationship and many of them have made music videos featuring Mick and Beth. “I’ve seen lots of them on YouTube,” Myles said. It’s really lovely. . . . When an audience falls in love with a couple, it’s so much more powerful than falling in love with an individual character.”

From “Dracula” to “Angel,” each vampire movie or show re-creates the vampire legend and its rules. “Moonlight” has some rules of its own. Myles said, “In the makeup van, they’ve got a list of vamp things, and it says, under ‘Sex With Vampires,’ that vampires can have sex and orgasms, but they can’t procreate. So that puts a whole new spin on things. Now that I know that, well, what’s the problem?”

Mick and Beth

If you are new to the blog and have not yet read how the Moonlight vamps’ bodies work, please read:

Alex O’Loughlin is living it up, in Mick’s Moonlight body.

 Magazine scan

Boston Herald - 4 May 2008

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