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'Five-0' star is itching to tackle other projects

By Staff and Wire Reports

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LAST UPDATED: 05:02 p.m. HST, Oct 26, 2013



LOS ANGELES »Alex O'Loughlin says he's signed up for two more seasons of "Hawaii Five-0" but is looking forward to a career beyond the hit TV series.

The 38-year-old actor plays policeman Steve McGarrett on the CBS series, now in its fourth season. He said the intense workload and shooting schedule had kept him out of other potential projects.

"Like, I read Doug Liman's script 'Everest,' which he's about to start directing -- it's amazing and it's invigorating. But it's also heartbreaking at the same time because it feels so far away from me at the moment," O'Loughlin said at the Australians in Film awards dinner Thursday night. "I've never played one character for this long. And it's network TV, too, so it comes with its own set of challenges from the artist's perspective. But I'm very lucky. My kids will get to go to good schools, we all eat organic food and I live in Hawaii."

The actor noted that the show -- a re-imagining of the 1970s series starring Jack Lord -- had overcome a number of hurdles to remain consistently highly rated.

"I mean, we've had cast troubles. I got really hurt and had to go and sort myself out in the second season. We've had injuries, we've had all sorts of things. It just keeps going," he said. "We can't seem to kill it. So I guess it's going to stick around for a while."

 






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