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‘#H50’: #AlexOLoughlin Boots Up a New McGarrett (2010)

In the 21st-century version of “Hawaii Five-0,” Steve McGarrett is a military man through and through — right down to his preferred footwear.

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“I wanted him to always be in standard combat boots,”

says Alex O’Loughlin, who plays McGarrett in CBS’ reworking of its classic cop show. He pauses for a second. “Which was a stupid, stupid choice, because now I’m extremely hot all the time.”

O’Loughlin talked with Zap2it earlier this month in Hawaii as he took a short break between shooting scenes for the show’s sixth episode.

Poorly thought-out shoe decisions aside, he says the essence of McGarrett goes back to the character’s time in the U.S. Navy.

“He’s a military guy, he’s a trained SEAL, you know?” he says.

“The way he sees life is as a team guy. So that’s always going to be part of him.”

Featured in: Zap2it

By Rick Porter

20 September 2010

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Here’s some more of our conversation:

Zap2it: The action level in the pilot is really high. Are you able to keep that up week to week?

Alex O’Loughlin: There’s a really high level. … Considering the drop in budget when you go from a pilot to a series, it’s amazing what we get for our money. There’s still just as much action.

Zap2it: Have you gotten to do any particularly cool stunts thus far?

Alex O’Loughlin: Nothing outrageous. They won’t insure me to do anything too outrageous. But I’m riding some dirt bikes tomorrow up in the mountains; that will be fun.

Actually there is one thing — I think it’s in [the second episode]. I jump off a hand railing kind of 30 feet above the floor and grab a chain while I’m firing at a guy, then come down the chain. That was pretty amazing. I actually did it — my stuntman did it, then I did.

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Zap2it: McGarrett seems a little different than your characters in “Moonlight” and “Three Rivers” — he seems to have more of a sense of humor.

Alex O’Loughlin: I think that’s a fair assessment — he has a very dry sense of humor. He does have a staunch military background — he’s a Navy SEAL, he’s seen a lot of combat, a lot of deaths, a lot of stuff that can change a man. But he does a dark sense of humor, a dry sense of humor.

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Zap2it: Will his military background come into play more on the show?

Alex O’Loughlin: A lot. This show, I think it has a real kind of military core.

We’re in Hawaii, which is the first port on the Pacific side for the United States. So there’s a lot of military involvement in our stories.

Zap2it: Will we be seeing much of McGarrett off-duty?

Alex O’Loughlin: You will, but the thing about McGarrett is he’s kind of always on duty. … He’s always on point. He sleeps with his 9-millimeter under his pillow.

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Zap2it: What’s the relationship with his sister (played by Taryn Manning starting in episode two) like?

Alex O’Loughlin: Their relationship is tenuous. It’s touchy because he went one way with his life and she went the other; she’s more of a problem child.

Both their parents are dead now, and she’s dealing with their deaths in a different way than him. He feels a sense of responsibility to look after her even though she’s a grown-up.

It’s frustrating for both of them, but it’s fun to play for us.

Zap2it: Did you know much about the old show before you took this part?

Alex O’Loughlin: I had seen a little bit — I was very young when it was on. I didn’t go to it when I got the role because this is a reboot and a new take on it.

I thought it was important that what I do in the some comes from my work and not from something someone else has done.

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Zap2it: It does seem like it’s been long enough that a lot of viewers won’t bring too much baggage into the show.

Alex O’Loughlin: I hope so. The bottom line is yes, it’s a reboot of a show that was very popular once upon a time, but what we’re making is a really good show on its own merits.

How we’re making it, the actors we’re using, the storylines, the whole thing — it’s a great show.

… So I think the old “Hawaii Five-0” fans are going to tune in and be very pleasantly surprised, and I think new fans will tune in and just be like, “Wow — this is fantastic television.”

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