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Hawaii Five-0 Main Man #AlexOLoughlin wearing Worn Free

Something different for today. Two years ago we made a post about Alex’s favourite T-shirts ( Alex O’Loughlin & his favourite T’s ). We saw this little article from last year and thought it would be good to do another one for fun …..

 

It all began in a tiny bright orange office above a hairdressers across the street from Johnny Rockets on Melrose Ave. We were just starting out and had to pay people who helped us in t-shirts, luckily for us these people included Alex O’loughlin straight off the boat from Australia just hanging out in Laurel Canyon waiting for his next big acting project.

Alex actually featured in our first catalogue and is still a great friend to Worn Free. He was actually moaning at us the other day because some of his Worn Free favorites (like our John Lennon Working Class Hero tee) are in tatters because he has worn them all so much. We are sending him out a care package to Hawaii featuring some of his old favorites and a few new designs we think he is going to like.

Written By Steven Coe

Worn Free

19 January 2016

  • Alex with some of the other Worn Free T-shirt that we could pick up from over the years.

 

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They say ……. #AlexOLoughlin is a legend in the making.

O’Loughlin reminds me of Steve McQueen, stylish and authentically cool.

He’s a legend in the making.”

Photographer – Nino Muñoz

CBS Watch!

June 2017

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#AlexOLoughlin : Road Less Traveled

Go beyond the beach on a journey into the heart of Hawaii and the soul of Alex O’Loughlin.

By Ryan Devlin

for CBS Watch!

It was early 2010, and the Australian actor had just been offered the lead role on the reboot of the classic crime drama Hawaii Five-0, stepping into the shoes of the legendary Jack Lord to play the 50th state’s taciturn top cop, Steve McGarrett. Accepting  meant moving to Oahu, in the centre of the planet’s loveliest island archipelago.

It should have been a no-brainer. Cue that big wave and the theme song by the Ventures: Dum-duh-da-da-da-dum ….

“I was conflicted,” Alex O’Loughlin says, reflecting on the decision from his house in Waikiki’s idyllic Diamond Head. “I’d done two network shows before that, neither of which  had gone past a season.” He’d played vampire/private investigator Mick St. John on the short-lived 2007 supernatural romance Moonlight. A year later, he was Dr Andy Yablonski on the medical drama Three Rivers, cancelled after just 8 episodes. Though anything seemed better than being penniless in Los Angeles, to suffer through another failed show in the middle of the Pacific, 2500 miles  from the mainland, was a risk he wasn’t sure he wanted to take.

“I didn’t know anything about Hawaii. I asked everyone, “What do I do? Is this the right move?” O’Loughlin says. “Everybody was like, ‘Are you crazy? What’s wrong with you?’.”

He took the gig, staying in the Hilton Hawaiian Village during the first month. For fans of the show, that’s where McGarrett and partner Danny “Danno” Williams were recently snookered into a joint spa weekend with their significant others.

“It was beautiful, but I didn’t get to see the real Hawaii,”  O’Loughlin says “I got a glimpse of something that wasn’t what Hawaii is. The weird touristy, crazy hotel part. I still didn’t know how I felt about it, but the pilot felt really good.”

It was, and remains a really good pilot. In the nail biting prelude, naval commander  McGarrett’s convoy comes under  rocket fire in the mountains of South Korea by baddies  out to free arms dealer prisoner, Anton Hess. Amid the attack, McGarrett  listens on his satellite phone, as his father, John, is killed on Oahu by Anton’s brother, Victor – though not before the Honolulu Police Department veteran leaves his son a few cryptic words. By the time the waves breaks and the opening credits roll, you are hooked: McGarrett has a vendetta and mystery to solve, and you’re coming along with him. Reboots are tough, but this show’s depth, coupled with O’Loughlin’s chiseled portrayal of McGarrett , made the 20th century Hawaii Five-0 and instant hit. Suddenly Oahu started feeling more certain.

“People say the island either embrace you or push you away. I found myself as a gift from the islands, being blessed in and given a Hawaiian name. I found all sorts of things drawing me in deeper and deeper.”

With a full season to shoot, he started to learn the local rhythms from friends, like fellow cast member Daniel Dae Kim, whose knowledge of Oahu stretches back to his days filming Lost. He took up surfing. A few years in, he flew in some friends from back home in Australia to help him rebuild a mid-century modern home he’d found in Diamond Head that had “spectacular bones.” Then he met the Hawaiian surfer model  Malia Jones. The couple had a son, Lion, in 2012, and later married. The house filled with boys. O’Loughlin brought to the family his teenage son, Saxon, and Jones brought a son from a previous marriage, Spike.

“I’m about to use the G word to embrace the scope”, O’Loughlin says “I don’t know what is out there. I don’t know whether there’s a God or whether there’s lots of gods or whether there’s just universal energy, but I know from what’s happened that there’s something bigger than me.”

As O’Loughlin’s life was progressing on Oahu, so was McGarrett’s albeit down a much rockier family path. He avenged the death of his father. His mother, Doris, believed to be dead for 20 years , turned up alive, having faked her death to escape threats from her CIA past. He vanquished his true nemesis –  the nefarious crime boss Wo Fat – who over the course of seasons framed him for murder of Hawaii’s governor, kidnapped and tortured and revealed himself to be McGarrett’s virtual half-brother . He had two romantic relationships and has spent a lot of time shirtless  and even more time kicking sundry bad-guy ass.

Hawaii Five-0 seasons are epic – each a whopping 25 episodes. Multiply that by seven , and O’Loughlin is approaching No 175. Playing a character for that long does things to you. O’Loughlin is in a territory where few actors ever get to tread. “It’s such a volume,” he says   “This has been a master class for me. I can definitely drop into McGarrett’s head space anytime. I have a bible of who he is in my soul, in my mind”

With Wo Fat and his family issues somewhat in the rearview, McGarrett seems to be finding a modicum of peace on the show. “This season has been more of an easy-peasy McGarrett,” O’Loughlin says. “He still misses his dad, and the thing with Doris still hasn’t totally left him. But it’s not all like, “Argh! I’ve got to save the world!”

Still, O’Loughlin is happy to leave the character behind when shooting wraps. “He’s a proper tough guy and a Navy SEAL. He’s always ready to go, walking into rooms like, “What are we doing? What do we got? I’ve had the great fortune of being exposed  to a lot of Navy SEAL’s, who’ve helped me with the character. They’re terrific guys. But being like them requires a specific sort of energy, and I have to manufacture that energy,” he says. “At the end of the day it’s like “Keep calm and have another cold one”

Paradise hasn’t been all surf and breathtaking sunsets. McGarrett may be a SEAL and a Teflon supercop, but O’Loughlin isn’t, and injuries have taken their toll. In the first few seasons, he elected to most of his own stunts, which he says was a mistake. He rattles of a litany of fractures and lacerations that could rival a snapshot collection of charts in any emergency room. “I blew one of my knees, I’ve torn ligaments and tendons, ankles and both shoulders both wrists,” he says “I’ve knocked my front teeth out. I’ve got fake front teeth. I tore my right shoulder to pieces – three external tears, a labrum tear and a detachment of the bicep tendon. My current favourite injury is two herniated disks in my lower lumbar, which I am receiving stem cell treatment for to avoid surgery.”

The last injury spooked O’Loughlin. Always athletic, he has given up everything except swimming. The pain was so great, he could barely rouse himself from bed, and he worried about being able to throw a football with his grandkids. Signed on to Hawaii Five-0 through eight seasons, he began talking about walking away while he still could. But recently, he’s felt his workload lighten, and those stem cell injections? They’ve been “magic”, he says. Does that mean he might challenge Jack Lord’s record 12 seasons as McGarrett?

“That would be a miracle,” says O’Loughlin with a laugh. “But I can see coming back and doing another season or two. I think this show is everything. It’s the core of it all.”

One thing is certain: O’Loughlin has found home.

“The majority of my memories are now Hawaiian memories, ” he saysYou’ve just got to look around. You’ve got to watch the waves in the winter here. There’s something bigger than me in the world, and I feel that source or whatever that is had something to do with the whole journey for me, because now it all makes sense.”

Dictionary:

taciturn: reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.

archipelago: group of islands

nefarious: wicked or criminal.

modicum: a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable

litany: a tedious recital or repetitive series

 

My thoughts

  • Of course we will on a later occasion make a separate post of all the beautiful picture from the article.
  • Interesting to see that the magazine or photographer chose to edit out Alex’s nipple tattoos?
  • Of course he did not finish up rebuilding the house and then met Malia. They were already married when the renovations were done in 2015.
  • The writer really like to use “big” words. My dictionary was working overtime.
  • It seems that there are 3 or 4 different covers for the magazine. Reports of fans getting the Alex cover and others getting another cover, but at least the full story inside.

 

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Have Dinner with Moonlight Star #AlexOLoughlin

OK, so that title up there may be a little cruel and misleading to any fans who thought it was a real invitation to have a romantic picnic in the sand with Alex O’Loughlin. (I’ll pause while you visualize … and wipe your drool.)

 But in the Q&A that follows, you can have the next best thing (maybe?):

A cyberdinnertime-chat experience with Alex, who called just moments ago, while chomping down a salad during a five-minute break on set. (Did you hear the one about TV leads being busy?)

More important, as you may have heard, the fans of CBS’ Moonlight are a wee bit … impassioned. And by “wee bit,” I mean they are willing to give their own blood:

They have coordinated a truly heartwarming (see what I did there?) philanthropic campaign to help support the series, via a blood drive with the American Red Cross.

by Kristin Dos Santos

For E! News

4 April 2008

Read on for Alex’s thoughts on the fandemonium, the prospects of season two and what’s in store when Moonlight returns to CBS April 25…

 

Kristin: I heard you were so moved by the fan blood drive. Do you want to take part?
Alex: Oh yeah, I’m a part of it. I’m hopefully gonna be a spokesperson for the Red Cross at some level. But I’m absolutely being a part of it.
Kristin: How does it feel to know your fans care that much?
Alex: It’s just so great. Even more so than them caring about the show is that such initiative is being used to participate in a community service at such a selfless level. I think it’s such a great idea, and it’s such a wonderful project and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. And then on a show level, it’s thrilling to know that people care about the show as much as I do.
Kristin: How are you feeling now about the chances of another season?
Alex: Before I tell you that, I’m going to apologize because I’m eating a salad while I’m talking to you.
Kristin: No problem. I know your schedule is very busy, what with you being in every scene. And it’s nice to know you really eat—unlike your alter ego.
Alex: I eat real food so Mick doesn’t have to. As for another season, I think it’s difficult to answer, because CBS is so unpredictable in how and why they make the decisions they make. Which is why no one, not even the other networks, can second-guess them at this time of the year before the upfronts. Personally, I think it’d be a smart business choice to pick the show up, because we have such a rabid fan base and people will tune in to watch.
Kristin: Is it hard not knowing?
Alex: As an actor, I can’t ever afford to second-guess anything, because often I’m wrong, and it hurts too bad. I’m so invested in this show. I’ve put a lot of love and a lot of heart and a lot of thought and a lot of creative and emotional energy into this piece, and I don’t want to go anywhere.
Kristin: The fans would agree. What can you tell me about what we can expect when the show comes back?
Alex: Sex and drama. Lots of sex and drama. Sexy sex and sexy drama. We’re just finishing up episode 14, which leads to 15 and 16.

Kristin: Does it feel like you’re ramping up toward the season finale?
Alex: Yeah, things are getting bigger. It doesn’t feel like a finale. It feels like a beginning. I don’t feel like we’re riding for the end. We are at beginning of something huge. I haven’t read episode 16, which is our final installment, but I’ve just finished 15, and it’s fantastic. It’s so full of life, it’s awesome stuff. It’s got some incredible flashbacks, and it’s got some Mick emotion that will knock everyone out of their socks. It’s got a whole bunch of stuff that will really rock the fans.
Kristin: You and Sophia (Beth) have such great chemistry.
Alex: We’ve become great friends. She’s a terrifically committed actor, and she’s a ball of fun on set. She’s outrageously funny herself and loves to be a part of the gag. She’s just a real team player. 
You’ll always find her hanging out with the electrics or hanging out on the curbside laughing with the wardrobe and having a great time, as opposed to, like, stuck up in her trailer. She’s not that person. So it’s great working with her. We’re having a blast.

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The Steve McGarrett Story – No # 168 (Epi 7:25)

Okay, so this one is easy to sum up. Three months ago Steve got exposed while dismantling a dirty bomb and now he is radioactive. And we will spend the next season discovering into which superhero he is morphing, or if he will stay human and just die painfully and slowly.

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Last week we got Spiderman, this week was either Batman or Superman – I am  not entirely sure yet. And on top of that since the incident, he has been thrown off a roof by an exploding bomb, got shot, been beaten to a pulp and showed little scars or permanent injuries for any of them – so there is also Wolverine in the pipeline I guess.

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I imagine Season 8 will be a never-ending joyride to discover who Steve really is now. Maybe we will circle right back to the “beginning” and discover that he is still  just only Mick St John working undercover, as I predicted 5 years ago.

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Some of you that have been following my Steve posts will be expecting my next move. Yes, of course I will have to do a short little timeline (And of course an account for the changing of clothes ) of this episode. It is just begging for it – Because I guess after 7 years of the show, they have yet to appoint somebody who can keep track of times and dates and do general mathematics. Or get an editor that have any knowledge of geography.

First the timeline of history that brought us here to things happening in this episode, because weirdly enough there was no previously on for everything that happens in this finale ….. (and all those old stories they picked up from past episodes confused me a bit)

  • They should have also shown us Steve wearing a battery around his neck to protect himself when defusing the nuclear bomb, just to make sure we know what it is about, because we might have forgotten. And as I said earlier, that happened around 3 months ago (Epi 7:18) already.
  • Then about 2 months ago (Epi 7:19), the team discovered a sex trafficking ring, and we mostly thought they caught the whole group in Hawaii. There was no indication that there was more connected to it or that they needed a follow-up.
  • Then a month ago (Epi 7:21)  Steve (with Danny who weirdly came along) visited the doctor and Steve was for all intents and purposed given a clean bill of health. Even the Dr was amazed when Danny even mentioned something about radiation exposure. So clearly there were no signs of any sort of problems 2 months after nuclear exposure. (Can it stay hidden for so long?)
  • Also, already a month ago (Epi 7:21), Jerry got a Five-0 badge. (Party only now?)
  • Then 2 weeks ago, Steve had to babysit Charlie, because Danny was making confessions to a Coma Man.

(If you have watched the episode, you might guess why I am a bit confused with all of the above incorporated into this episode. I will leave it at that and not even try to explain)

Then we reach the timeline for this episode: (and the confusion keeps coming)

  • Around 15h43 yesterday afternoon (that is 14 hours before 6:43): Danny walks into the office with Charlie. Steve walks in with a present for Danny and Danny says Steve is never generous. And then Steve also offer to give the hungry Charlie junk food from the vending machine.

Koala Smartass: Nothing weird or OOC about any of that, is there? LOL

  • For some reason it seems that Steve is still expected to see the Doctor every month, because they discuss the visit and the fact that the liver is still fine.

Weirdly Steve points to his left side when he talks about his liver – so I guess we were all wrong last year. Steve’s liver is indeed on his left side after all.

Koala Smartass: I was also giggling a bit because Alex seems to forget on which side his liver is supposed to be.

  • I guess it is also yesterday afternoon when Kono shops with Sara, while Abby and Chin catches an afternoon quicky. Why Kono is doing the shopping for a party that will be at Steve’s (that is Steve’s house and not Danny’s restaurant called Steve’s), is kind of weird. But then again she is the woman on the team, so I guess it is her job to shop for the team.

Koala Smartass: Are you implying that the show keeps women in their place (Barefoot and pregnant and catering for the needs of the men only? )

BTW, If anybody only watched the first and the last episodes of the season, they would probably think that Abby has been here and part of the show the whole season …..

  • But then Kono changed clothes and ‘rushed’ over to the North Shore while it is still light ….. and she was still wearing those same clothes the next morning – must have worked straight through the night to get all the detail on this Deon guy .. Or maybe she went to see girl early the next morning – VERY early. But that can not be, because it would have been dark and everybody there would still be sleeping if she was there before 6am ….

Koala Smartass: Not only confusing yourself now – but EVERYBODY.

  • And I guess Steve and Danny must have been staying at the office all night for some reason, because they are still wearing the same clothes as yesterday when Charlie was there, when Kono calls them to the magic table and they discuss the case and rush away to do the raid ….. (And also Charlie is now gone and must have left in a hurry without all his toys)

Koala Smartass: LOL

  • Just to put things into perspective of why I am confused – Sunrise in Honolulu this time of year is around 5:54am. The girl loaded on the truck at 5:43 while it is dark outside – 10 minutes before sunrise?. But also very light at the office if the team is briefed by Kono at around the same time.

Koala Smartass: And ….. nobody but you care if it is already light before sunrise. Maybe the editor or director has never seen the sunrise? You know Hollywood and all …

:gogo:

  • Also the whole team all get to work pretty early in the mornings it seems. They are doing the raid at 6:29, so I guess the briefing they had was around 6 am, most probably earlier. Maybe they all just sleep at the office now – like Jerry. THAT would explain a lot.

Koala Smartass: Early bird catches the worm I guess? And you know Hawaii Five-0 cast and crew start work that early – guess they think that is what we all do.

 

  • Then suddenly, everybody on the raid, and Jerry at the office included, are now wearing different clothes. Did they all go back to their houses for a quick shower before they continued their raid? Or did they have HPD close down the perimeter for the night and is only now doing the raid the next morning? But then HPD would have seen the truck leave …….?

Koala Smartass: You do know only you seem to care …..

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  • AND I have to mention this very important question here:

Steve: Looks like they left in a hurry.

Grover:  But how did they even know we were coming?

I guess that is still unanswered at the end of the day (episode)? And we surely will never know and it will be one of those unanswered questions at the end of the show. Another mole in HPD?

Koala Smartass: Maybe we will get the answer in the season opener of MacGyver? You never know. #sarcasm

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  • Not sure why Duke had to scream to Abby to get out of the way? Is she blind or to dumb to see the truck is speeding towards her?

Koala Smartass: Maybe all the Chin loving has made her head a bit blurry. Or maybe what they say about blondes are true? Or maybe just the heels that slowed her down?

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  • Just want to add another conversation here

Danny: I help her (Rachel) out with the kids sometimes. I put Charlie down to bed sometime?

Of course my question then, why did Steve have to babysit 2 weeks ago, if Danny only helps out sometimes and puts him to bed only every now and then? Where was Rachel then?

Koala Smartass: But you said it yourself. That scene was just concocted to serve the fans and their fantasies of the happy McDanno family …..

  • I would really like to know why they all had to go back to HQ to discuss Steve’s plan?

Koala Smartass: But Charlie left his toys there. How else would Steve have explained it to them without the toys? (Although, it could have been left in Danno’s car as well …. and same explanation with it done on the side of the road. )

  • Why is Danny talking on his phone to Steve, but they are actually all in radio contact with the whole team the whole time and Steve is not talking back on a phone to him?

Koala Smartass: It at least keeps his one hand busy and then prevents Danny from flapping round both his arms too much.

I just want to add here, that I totally agree with Danny. We have seen Steve do reckless stuff on the spur of the moment, but nothing as idiotic as this. In real life – NOT realistic to achieve at all. MANY other more realistic and believable ways a trained SEAL can get onto such a moving vehicle, without risk of suicide. It is as if the writers have this uncontrollable need to be ridiculous.

  • And then the small “rescue” truck with the ramp on it. Where  did they get that? In the Batcave?

Koala Smartass: Now you are just plain silly. I am sure those trucks equipped with such a ramp, are easily available for rent all over the Island.

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  • So now Steve has the ability to just jump straight up through that hole in the container roof, with sharply cut edges and climb out on top without any assistance?

Koala Smartass: You must have missed some of the dialogue – I am sure he said some like, “Beam me up Scotty

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  • Just a general observation here with loads of sarcasm attached – The TV channels in Hawaii can’t even carry a live report of the Sunset On the Beach or  the Blessing ceremony properly every year with proper footage to show – but oh boy, they can have a helicopter in the air and run a life story of a hot pursuit on the highway?

Koala Smartass: Now you sound like lots of people in the fandom – confusing real life with the make-believe world of Five-0.

  • Some random thoughts:
    • Contrary to what many feel is going on, I believe that the writers want to show that Kono is invested in this case because she is a woman first and secondly she is thinking of being a mother and wanting to make the world a better place for children. It would be so cliché if she was abused and I am glad they are not going that route.
    • And also contrary to what many of you think, I think that the show this time around will actually remember that Steve is sick beyond the first minutes of the season opener, and they will use it A LOT during the next season – and not forget about it. Although, I really hope they would stick to their forgetfulness this time.
    • The communication between Steve and Danny was much less annoying than in the resent times. There was actually some normality of sanity in it. Wonder if they are setting a new tone for the new season – hopefully. That means the annoyance will still be there, but hopefully less nerve-wracking. If they can just cool it with the baiting, then show might be a pleasure to watch.
    • The make-up and Alex’s phenomenal acting really created a believably sick Steve. Damn, this man really knows how to create a feeling – without making a fuss.

This was then the finale of Season 7. Loads of action and cliffhangers for everyone to choose from …… just like we were promised. It was all there, but for me there was something missing. It felt forced. Forced because they had to deLIVER something worthy of a finale. And forced because they had to set up some  uncertainties for Season 8 to keep people interested and talking for the next 4 months. Forced because they had to use old stories to make up stories for actors that might leave  …… And the questions or cliffhangers from last week seems nearly forgotten. Is the USA still under attack from inside the government, and will Chin propose and or move?

So once again it suits the writers that Steve is an idiot and did not look properly after himself and never got himself properly checked out after he was exposed to radiation. Just like they made him an idiot to believe a battery could protect him in the first place. Clever thinking from the writers? No – for me it is clutching at straws and ‘dumbing down‘ their hero. Maybe he is actually the HULK now – that would explain him losing his mind at stages, doing stupid stuff every now and then.

I like my action heroes to be action heroes, but I prefer it if they are clever as well. And that’s what I liked about Steve McGarrett when I started watching Hawaii Five-0 – he was a man of conviction with both brain and brawn for me.  Was I THAT wrong?

*dontknow*

And that was Steve’s  story for:

Hawaii Five-0 – Episode 7:24

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono
(The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness)

Written by: Peter M. Lenkov & Eric Guggenheim

Directed byBryan Spicer

(12 May 2017)

 

Slide show of screencaps from the Episode:

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