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Alex O'Loughlin ponders future on 'Hawaii Five-0'

By Ryan Pearson

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 01:33 p.m. HST, Oct 25, 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 reimagining 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."

As for how long he'll stick around: "At the moment I can't imagine working any longer than tomorrow. Because there's just so much work. But we'll see, we'll see. I want to do other things sooner rather than later."




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Iuki wrote:
Tom Selleck never complained about the hard work of making Magnum here. He jut complained about the bad scripts and threatened to walk until they got better writers. McLaughlin should do the same---and quit complaining about how hard he works.
on October 25,2013 | 01:38PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Not everyone's the same luki. But he should just keep those kind of thoughts to himself though.
on October 25,2013 | 01:43PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"until they got better writers". ........ Good, better writers would be for McGarrett, Danno and the two Koreans .... whacked. And that fat dumb local, also bumped off. An episode like that would really bring in the viewers.
on October 25,2013 | 02:46PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
He's not complaining about the hard work, he's expressing his desire to broaden his work and his desire to do other things, act in other shows/movies. That being said, Tom Selleck was a class act in his own right.
on October 25,2013 | 03:11PM
hanalei395 wrote:
If he wants out, he can suggest to the writers that McGarrett be killed off.
on October 25,2013 | 03:56PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I don't think he's saying he wants out...just that he's not sure he wants more than he's already signed up for. Y U take so personal?
on October 25,2013 | 04:45PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not personal. It would be an interesting episode.
on October 25,2013 | 04:53PM
jusjoking wrote:
story suggestion-steve mcgarret goes maui takes surfing lesson.........
on October 25,2013 | 02:07PM
ezridah wrote:
he should talk to Danno about bitchin!!!
on October 25,2013 | 02:08PM
wahine wrote:
Mr. Selleck also paid for a full-page ad (with his own $) in one of the local newspapers to thank the people of Hawai‘i when the series ended its run. Considering Mr. McLaughlin is not a very good actor, he should be counting his blessings, being thankful that he has a gig.
on October 25,2013 | 02:42PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Who, pray tell, is Mr. McLaughlin?
on October 25,2013 | 03:34PM
lowtone123 wrote:
I can't see this going for more than two more seasons unless the stories get more interesting. The stories are mostly predictable from the early moments of the episode. O'Loughlin will be gone before the flame goes out.
on October 25,2013 | 03:37PM
islandsun wrote:
on October 25,2013 | 03:39PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
You forget, this is on CBS...the network that has a single strategy for comedies, and a single strategy for drama. If you're looking for more creativity, I suggest AMC or FX.
on October 25,2013 | 04:48PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Even when Five-O comes to an end....he will forever be typed cast as McGarrett since the show gave him world wide exposure.....
on October 25,2013 | 03:40PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
You all can complain about the series and the actors but the fact of the matter is they brought a lot of money to Hawaii in the way of jobs and tourists.
on October 25,2013 | 04:28PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Even though the plots are kind of far fetched the show employs local residents and pumps money into the economy which is always a good thing....
on October 25,2013 | 05:43PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
By the way, Alex O’Loughlin is a class act as well. I have interacted with both him and Tom Selleck and can say they are both humble and giving to the community. A lot of what O’Loughlin does goes unreported as he does not seek recognition for what he does, but you guys will continue to talk stink about him anyway.
on October 25,2013 | 04:32PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
He seems like a pretty decent guy.....
on October 25,2013 | 05:46PM
yellowginger wrote:
I agree. Very nice guy, through and through.
on October 25,2013 | 06:15PM
iwanaknow wrote:
This show has jumped the shark...................next!
on October 25,2013 | 04:36PM
Jerry_D wrote:
"Jumped the shark"....lol! And, actually, I can somewhat imagine O'Loughlin recast as The Fonz.
on October 25,2013 | 05:27PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Based on what, learned colleague. Do you refer to their steadfast refusal to cast Caucasians in Asian roles as was the habit of the ridiculous predecessor version of "Five-O"?
on October 25,2013 | 10:51PM
CloudForest wrote:
Change to Hawaii Five Ohhhhh - maybe we could show Hawaii Nei in a positive light that doesn't start with dead bodies and perverse activities! What a concept! Show the good, clean and joyful side of Hawaii - righteous behavior instead of criminal activity would be a great event for Hawaii - and would be so well received around the world - maybe they could get a time slot that didn't portend doom for the show. Friday night time slot - not sooooo good. Just saying.
on October 25,2013 | 06:53PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Oh I get it….have a cop show with no crime. Brilliant!!!!!
on October 25,2013 | 09:00PM
CloudForest wrote:
Had breakfast a long time ago in Hilo with Mr. Selleck - excellent fellow, didn't even know he was a star - I did not own a working TV at the time, just surfing day to day. Typical Hawaii - never know who you will bump into over a meal at Ken's.
on October 25,2013 | 06:56PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Seems like a cool guy. Wish him well.
on October 25,2013 | 07:12PM
krusha wrote:
I have a feeling they are going to kill him off in a couple of years...
on October 26,2013 | 01:57AM
yhls wrote:
How about pondering being grateful. No one ever heard of McLaughlin before Five O. And he may fade into oblivion afterward.
on October 26,2013 | 07:17AM
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