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Man -Thing

Spoiler warning: If you haven’t seen  Man-Thing yet, this article might contain major spoilers about the story for you:

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This is the first full length movie a very young-looking Alex starred in, as one of the minor actors of the main cast. Also the first time he worked with Director Brett Leonard and the actors Jack  & Patrick Thompson and also Matthew Le Nevez – They all worked together on Feed again. We add this photo of Alex and Matthew on 17 June 2009 at the premiere / screening of Matthew’s movie ‘Tender Hook‘, because a lot of people always post this as a fan picture.

Alex & Matthew at the premiere of Tender Hook

Alex & Matthew at the screening of Tender Hook

Although this film was only released in 2005 (after some of his other movies) it must have been filmed in 2003 before Alex did any of his other films. Alex mentioned in an interview that he met Jack Thompson, who he regards as his mentor who “potty trained” him as an actor, on the set of Man-Thing. (Jack also appeared with him in Oyster Farmer and Feed ) In 2011 Jack presented Alex with his GQ Australia Actor of the year award in Sydney. At the same event Rachael Taylor, who played the main female role in Man-Thing, also received the GQ Australia Woman of the year award – must have been an interesting reunion after 8 years.

Actor of the yearAlex & Rachael

In this movie Alex plays the role of small town deputy Eric Fraser. For me this is one of the roles the least like Alex in real life, I think. Therefore to me he delivers a great performance by becoming this innocent like cop, trying to deal with the duties of his sometimes scary job. If you think the corpses that Max has to deal with in this season of Hawaii Five-0 are gross, you might want to avoid the ones you see in this movie. It must have been the first time Alex had to do a different accent for a role – quite interesting to hear his, I think, Mid-Western American voice.

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It is not really my type of movie, but I ended up enjoying the story and watched to see the ending, even after Alex’s character came to it’s awful demise. You can also see the Director Brett Leonard in one of the few movies he contributed in as an actor and also maybe a good example that directors might not always be good actors 😀

Please click on the pictures for better viewing, some are gifs.

As we showed you in one of our previous articles, Alex O’Loughlin – It’s time to say goodbye, Alex’s character that he portray, kicks the bucket quite a few times and this is one of those times

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Great background info by FOYeur thanks partner 🙂 , pics – me.

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(PS I added this bit of video simply because the screaming sounded so hilarious to me, I do hope it was Alex´s voice – Paula)

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#AlexOLoughlin – It’s Time To Say Goodbye!

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…..

Goodbye girls….

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