Peter Lenkov’s Latest Interview – explains when he first met #AlexOLoughlin (before #H50)

I have always wondered what project Peter was referring too, in an article by Holly Byrnes in the Herald Sun in 2011, about meeting Alex even before Hawaii Five-0.

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 “I’d met Alex a couple of years ago on another project and felt that he could be a leading man in the action genre but had never been tapped for that world. 

I needed someone who didn’t bring a lot of baggage from other roles, someone who wasn’t identifiable to another franchise, either TV or film, so he could go in and really make McGarrett his own.”

– Peter Lenkov 

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And now in his latest interview with Dom’s Den in June, we finally got an answer to that statement from Peter of so many years ago.

Let’s have a look at what he said …


Question: How did the remake for Hawaii Five-0 come about? How was that presented to you? Or did you present that to CBS?

Peter: The year before I’d written a pilot for what I thought was like a rock and roll Quincy type of show. It was a sort of hip take on a coroner – like a medical examiner show. ….

Peter: So I wrote this script for CBS. They liked it and they put me together with Alex – who played McGarrett on Five-0.

So I’ve met Alex on this medical examiner show. And who just did Ford Vs Ferrari – he was attached to this as director. He did Logan.

And we met with Alex to maybe play the coroner. And ultimately the show didn’t go. 

And then I was at a CBS party and there was an executive there who said you know we really loved that script  and sorry we didn’t make that script, but we’re starting to talk about development for next year. And we’re talking about taking another stab at Hawaii Five-0.

Peter: And they said would you be interested in pitching?

Our edit of Peter’s interview

(with some fun visuals from BTS of H50 pilot episode) :


So when you listen to this interview, it seems that during the time after Moonlight and before Three Rivers, at the end of 2008 or beginning of 2009, while Alex was on contract with CBS – he actually met with Peter to maybe play the lead in show about a coroner.

Interesting idea?

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Full interview here:

It is quite an interesting interview and I really enjoyed listening to most of the more than an hour talk with Peter. It was worth the time.


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9 responses to “Peter Lenkov’s Latest Interview – explains when he first met #AlexOLoughlin (before #H50)

  1. Yes, it certainly is an interesting idea. We know, Alex can play any kind of role. I remember “Quincy” because I watched it when I was younger and I liked it. He was an elder, a bit peculiar kind of guy. Maybe Alex would have been a bit too young back then for that role. But fans of the original H5O maybe felt the same way and Alex was great in the show. Who knows how his career would have panned out if he did “Quincy”. Anyway: I have not seen many actor who are able to play different kind of roles in completely different styles like Alex did. I remember the two different pilots of Moonlight here.They were pretty different and it was amazing how one actor can play pratically the same roles in two completely different styles. Watching this was just awesome. Most of the actors I have watched so far can´t do that. So Alex probably would have been a great “Quincy”, too – and any other role he did or will do.

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    • And to be honest, my blood pressure rises when I hear Lenkov´s comment on Alex could be a leading man in the action genre. And we know, how often Lenkov told everybody that Alex was an action hero and that he was wrongly casted in Monnlight and Three Rivers because he is an action hero. His interviews are still on the internet. Alex is an action hero? Really? As terrific as Alex was on H5O, telling something like this would mean that Alex should do roles in the action genre for the rest of his career. But what about Alex´s career and about what he wants for his future? I´m not talking about the injuries and back problemes Alex suffered during H5O which would probably make it more diificult for him to persue a full career in the action genre for the rest of his life, But Alex put a lot of effort and thoughts into his career to make his roles as diverse as possible. So telling he is an action hero and could be a leading man in the action genre is a really bad idea imo (I won´t write what I really would like to write). I really hope, TPTB will see what a fine actor Alex ireally s who can play all kinds of role and not buy Lenkov´s typecasting. Rant over. Sorry for wrting that much.

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  2. Cassiopea 1000

    “I needed someone who didn’t bring a lot of baggage from other roles, someone who wasn’t identifiable to another franchise, either TV or film, so he could go in and really make McGarrett his own.”

    PL is a showrunner and executive producer with a long career behind him. Other professionals like him may think along the same lines.

    Are 10 years of being McG too heavy a baggage for Alex? Will he be offered the chance to make another character his own?

    His long silence makes me uneasy, and reading what PL said doesn’t exactly cheer me up, even if he said it years ago.

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  3. lindae5o

    Thanks, Foyeur. The Dom’s Den interview was interesting. It seems Lenkov’s problems centered mainly around his dismissal of other people’s input, and Lucas Till’s hurt feelings. I’ve never heard of any issues involving HF-O.

    I was always pissed about Lenkov’s remark about Alex being best as an ‘action’ star. Was he ever moved to tears like we were, when we saw Alex give his all, in emotional scenes over the ten-year run of the show? He really sells Alex short.

    Maybe the three projects that Alex mentioned earlier, in the podcast with those two young boys, were things he wasn’t interested in doing, or were too much like something else he’s done. Regardless, it takes a long time for projects to get off the ground. I’m not going to panic yet. Alex has a lot of connections in Hollywood, and they know what he’s made of. He has said ‘I went to acting school, not leading man school’, so I think he would attach himself to something he liked, even if he wasn’t the star.

    I dream of Alex having his ‘Brad Pitt’ moment ( in ‘Thelma and Louise’, where he caught the critics’ attention) although, as the lead actor in a series for ten years, it shouldn’t have to come down to that. In Hollywood, you always have to prove yourself.

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    • What puts me off is the total ignorance of other people´s wishes and needs. Lenkov decided that Alex has to be an action star? Who gave him the right to do so? When Alex had his first session of herniated discs and talked about maybe not being able to go on with the show, Lenkov´s comment was that Alex only wanted to negotiate a better contract. Sure, Alex obviously did try to have his workload reduced because he couldn´t go on like this. But Lenkov´s remark was cruel and unfair. And the fact that we never heard any issues involving H5O imo was because the one who could have complained – Alex – is too loyal to complain and had very high work ethics. IMO this interview shows very clearly what kind of guy P.L. is. I take everything he said with a big grain of salt. P.L. is not God even if he wished he was.


  4. O.K. last one and I´ll shut up: To be fair, imo one of the few things which speaks for P.L. was that he allowed Alex to direct and to write and direct his own script. That`s what I appreciate. And Alex talked about a couple of things he appreciated about P.L. I still stand to what I wrote earlier but let´s try to be fair.


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