I think really if there’s nothing out there in the dark, then once we’re dead we’re just dead and all religion, all spiritual belief, is redundant. So there has to be something else, or what’s the point? And if we accept that there has to be something… then there can be anything.
— Alex O’Loughlin, Sydney Morning Herald, December 2007
SPOILER ALERT – If you haven’t seen all of Alex’s work, this might really give away the surprises of the work we refer to!
Where does an actor like Alex go to, to find the emotions of dying. For almost anything else they have to portray, they can go back somewhere to find something to relate too. But none of the living really knows what it is to die. I have always wondered if it is uncomfortable for an actor to “die” or play dead.
To be killed by a monster is kind of easy – it is total and brutal fear that you experience. And here we can see Deputy Eric Fraser’s last moments on earth. The thing he feared most in life, got to him, The Man-Thing!
What emotions flash through your mind when you know, this is the end. It is inevitable I am about to die and I want to do it with honour.
Apparently Alex extended the scene of Will Bryant being shot and dying much longer, than what was originally planned, but the director liked Alex’s version of it so much that he decided to use it. You decide for yourself….
(Of course the real life Will Bryant died of fever on the ship on his way back to England, but what can be more dramatic than to be killed by your wife’s lover? However I am certain Alex would have “killed” a death, dying of fever, just as well)
You live by the sword, you die by the sword. In The Invisible we have two lovers Marcus and Annie, who
took their passion and their criminal behavior so far, that they kill each other in the end. (Not that we know if he really died)
In Moonlight, Mick the human, dies twice.
First by the hand of his wife Coraline, who feels that by “killing” him she is giving him eternal life.
The second, by the fangs of his best friend Josef, when he begs him to do it.
This time he is driven by love…..
“Kill me for Beth, My Beth!”
In Whiteout it seems Russell gets what´s coming to him.
He kills a few people in cold blood, out of pure greed, and in the end he meets a horrible death at the hands of nature itself.
As I am typing this, I can’t help but cry
, thinking of Alex as Vincent in Criminal Minds.
Those touching words of guilt from Vincent, towards a boy he related to after killing the boy’s mother. Seeing himself in that boy made him realise the monster in himself! FORGIVE ME.
Was there redemption in those words? Did the dying Vincent find peace for his soul? How is it that you want to cry at the death of this serial killer “monster”.
All I can say is Bravo ALEX, BRAVO!!
I think the spirit of the man himself is beyond salvation and that’s what I as the actor went for, you know?
— Alex O’Loughlin, MyTakeOnTV, 29 April 2009
Goodbye Sweetie………we know we’ll see you soon, because your present Ohana has got your six!
With Steve there will be good times and there will be bad times, but you’ll always be able to smile at the end…..