The premiere for Season 6 of “Hawaii Five-O” is just one month away, but the drama’s beloved “bromance” brothers in crime-fighting, Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin, as Detective Danny Williams and Lt. Commander, Steve McGarrett, took time out of a busy day, and their birthday week, to answer some deep, dark, and just fun inquiries from fans about how they really feel, and what makes their on-screen and off-screen relationship click. Only a day separates their birthdays, Scott’s coming August 23, and Alex’s on the very next day, never mind the few thousand miles between Canberra and Los Angeles, but what things keep this partnership close?
Perpetrators hardly allow this pair a wink of sleep on the island, much less time for hobbies, but Alex actually enjoys just sitting with his counterpart, and watching him plot chess moves. “Boring answer,” chides Caan. Both actors are now 39, and now parents, so that makes good reason for considering quieter pursuits more sacred. O’Loughlin generously praises that “Scott is better at many things,” than himself. That didn’t hold true for impressions, however, as Caan bowed out of even attempting an Australian accent, “because Alex doesn’t talk in his Australian accent that much,” O’Loughlin nailed the hand motion and the full-on Caan attitude with his “Listen to me,” as Scott affirmed with a grin.
Neither star would choose a favorite among guest stars, or co-stars, as so many are cherished components to the storylines and the fan loyalty supporting the series through the years, including Carol Burnett, Scott’s father, James Caan, his obvious pick, and Oscar-nominated, Barkhad Abdi, among them. Both did have glowing words for the man who brings Captain Lou Grover to life week to week, Chi McBride. “He’s a solid mensch of a man—very gregarious,” describes O’Loughlin, sincerely. He always has a cigar to offer, and time to listen to any troubles, and offer advice, though “his advice is not always the best,” Caan teases. McBride’s standing in faith and family also keep him as a study guide for the cast. Contrary to his character, Jerry Ortega, Jorge Garcia, whose name was correctly pronounced by Caan, is the quiet sort on the set.
Alex O’Loughlin opened up most when asked to describe Scott Caan, saying that, “like those people who are great actors, it takes a while to earn trust, to be let into that circle” but that once someone is inside that circle, there’s nothing Scott would not do for a friend. Scott also praised that O’Loughlin is “a world-class athlete” if he only takes time to be in the water, as in surfing. The guys confess to liking “good music” and have eclectic taste. “A good blues rock makes me happy,” says Alex. When pressed, Caan admits he would like to see “Boogie Nights” (for which he auditioned, but was rejected), or “Scarecrow” re-made as a film. His sidekick opts for “Braveheart, but he has had his own acclaim and film roles, such as his Australian Film Institute nomination as Outstanding Actor for “The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant” in 2005. Caan is noted for stage and screen writing and directing.
This talented and versatile twosome have plenty to occupy their time, but fans want “Hawaii Five-O” to have priority on their calendars for many years to come.