Our wonderful friend and research helper again reminded me of a Facebook post from way back in 2010, and it got me thinking …. about roles and opportunities and what life in the entertainment business is like for an actor.
At the beginning of 2005,Alex moved from Australia to the USA and more specifically Hollywood. That was 5 years after he formally started his career by enrolling at NIDA for training and 2 years after graduation and doing some TV and Film work in Australia.
This is the old post of Landall Goolsby where he is talking about when Alex moved to LA in 2005 and where he was 5 years later.
Landall’s Box Office (8 August 2010) I was the first American to greet Alex O Laughlin when his plane arrived at LAX. I drove him around for the next three weeks to auditions. I worked for his manager at the time. and now five years, three TV SERIES later he is in THE BACK UP PLAN. True Hollywood Story. He is also the male lead of the CBS SHOW HAWAII FIVE O.
And he added in a comment:
Landall’s Box Office: He [Alex] actually was offered a series regular on NCIS and his visa could not get worked out for him to accept the job. I truly believe that show is perfectly cast now and it is one of my favorites to watch. Would have been different show.
We presume he was offered that part right at the beginning of his time in LA, when the two of them had contact.
And one can only wonder what would have happened if Alex landed a role in NCIS back in 2005, on a show who is still running all these many years later ……
It has been two years since the end of Hawaii Five-0.Two years of rest from acting for Alex, of the 17 years in which he has been in Hollywood, and of the 19 years since he graduated. It might seem long and it also might seem that he’s got a short resume to show for it – and that he should rush to do more. But I want to put the 10 years of Hawaii Five-0 in better perspective.
Two Hundred and Forty (240) Episodes = 9600 minutes of TV = 160 hours – That is equivalent to 80 movies that are 2 hours long each.
Let that sink in a bit – 80 movies in 10 years.
That is fantastic success in any Hollywood story – 240 Episodes as lead on a TV series watched by millions not only in America but around the world!
Okay, I will agree that for a new role in a movie and a new character, one needs to maybe train, prepare and probably learn a new accent and relocate for a few months and spend hours on interviews and promoting the movie – something that you do not need to do when you play one character all the time.
But even taking that into account and just looking at the time spent acting, learning the dialogue for it, and doing the action and stunts for it, still makes it equivalent to a vast number of movies.
How many actors do 40 movies in 10 years, much less 80?
Add to that the other television work Alex did in the 4 years before that:
7 Episodes on The Shield, made in 2006 (maybe equivalent to work on 2 movies)
16 Episode on Moonlight in 2007 & 2008 (maybe can add up to working on 5 movies)
13 Episodes on Three Rivers in 2009 (maybe 4 movies)
And then the 4 movies he made in Hollywoodin this 5 years before H50:
The Invisible, August Rush, Whiteout, and The Back-Up Plan
Together, that would add another 15 to the 80 of H50. It is like acting (working hard) on 95 “movies” in 15 years (2005 to 2020) – 6 movies a year!
I agree that actors who work in the leading man bracket like Alex, are compensated very well for their work. But on the other hand, nothing in comparison to those real big movie stars and leads, who earn 10 times more for one movie than Alex would have earned for 10 months of hard work on 1 whole season (24 episodes) as lead on Hawaii Five-0.
Yes, most television actors work long and hard hours for their money in comparison to those actors who are in movies.
Therefore, I wish Alex all the time of rest that he needs to get his mojo back and get ready for something new. And hopefully, he will choose acting again. And one can only wish that he will be offered a few movie roles.
We just have to hope that these “80 Hawaii Five-0movies” and the creative doldrum of being one character in the 10 years, did not put Alex off acting forever.
Many other leading television actors have stayed just as long and even much longer in the roles – but most of them were offered a bigger input into the direction the show took and the creative process of it.
Alex did get a chance to direct three and write one episode, and he was listed as producer, in the last season. But he had no real say in where the show was at, or where it was going – that right belonged to Peter Lenkov and CBS.
“Television is very exhausting. You kind of forfeit your life to work in TV.
With this show the work just keeps coming.
It just doesn’t stop, and so you kind of do it and it’s gone and you’re on to the next thing. But it never goes away.”