Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Case of Mistaken Identity

By Pam

“Actors are willing to give their entire lives to a moment--to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul.” David Ackert (Actor/Producer/Writer)

Of all the characters Alex has portrayed, I have to say that Vincent Rowlings (Criminal Minds: The Big Wheel) has got to be the one that impressed me the most. I believe Vincent is so far removed from who Alex is in real life. So much so that his portrayal was probably at the far end of his acting spectrum. I would love to see him in more roles like this. Ones that are at least as complex. 

“I want to do work that’s meaningful to me and touches people, [Alex] insists. I don’t care about being a heartthrob or any of that crap. I care about having somebody come up to me on the street and say, ‘That meant a lot to me.’”

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bromance … is it “BFF Lite?”

by carol
“…oh yeah, we will be
the bromance of the decade!”
Alex O’Loughlin commenting on the relationship of Hawaii Five-0 characters Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams.

Bromance* or man-crush is fairly new terminology commonly defined as a close, but non sexual, relationship between two men.

All I can say is, it’s about time! You guys have been missing so much.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Could You Be Alex's "Miss Right" ?

 By Pam

These are the facts:

 1. Alex is handsome
 2. Alex is candid
 3. Alex is simple (not simple minded)
 4. Alex has a sense of humor
 5. Alex is intelligent
 6. Alex is talented
 7. Alex is eclectic
 8. Alex is compassionate
 9. Alex is charismatic
10. Alex is generous

A man with these qualities would attract any woman; many women. I've been happily "taken" for 37 years now, but if I were in the market for someone to spend quality time with, I'd seek out a man like this. Since I am interested in the entertainment industry, I may seriously consider an actor. If it was an actor of Alex's caliber and celebrity, how would I let him know that I was interested because of who he was as a person and not for his celebrity? About becoming famous, Alex once said, "I think the downsides would be losing your anonymity and not being able to trust people, to tell whether people want to be with you and get to know you because of your celebrity or because of who you are."

Here are some responses to the above facts that maybe his “Miss Right” might say to prove she didn’t care about his celebrity. 

 1. Have you SEEN a comb lately?
 2. That’s a little TOO much information.
 3. Are those your grandfather's Velcro sneakers?
 4. *glare* That's not funny.
 5. Excuse me…what??
 6. Enough with the "method." Lighten up!
 7. Are you really going to wear those shoes with that suit?
 8. You can't be Superman.
 9. Can you be quiet for five minutes, please?
10. You don't HAVE six hours of your time to donate to "Save the California Squirrels."
Love you, Al....for you.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

How Long Should You Try?

By Pam

Last year, sponsored an on-line chat with Alex O’Loughlin. I was one of hundreds who logged on for the event, and was lucky enough to have two of my questions answered.  There were a lot of interesting questions asked, but the answer to a question posed by Chelsea stood out for me. The question was, What inspired you to be an actor? Alex’s answer was, The persistence of human spirit.

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Women of a Certain Age" and Alex O'Loughlin

by carol
Alex O’Loughlin has a female fanbase which is dedicated, somewhat loud, and very passionate. The observation has also been made that many of these women are "of a certain age.”

I have pondered the reason for this, probably because I fit into that demographic myself. I contend that Alex is a throwback to the movie star models who were our first adolescent crushes, the boyfriends and future husbands we wanted when we were women.

We would sit in dark theaters raptly watching them on the big screen in Technicolor, falling in love for the first time. That was a time when big stories were told by big actors.

Guys like Paul Newman, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and William Hurt.  These actors were able to showcase their talent in amazing films like Hud, Body Heat, Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon.

Now understand, I’m not comparing Alex to those actors.  But I wish that kind of story featuring such powerful characters was available today to Alex. Alex’s commitment and intensity is certainly equal to the task, but he needs the right material with the right words.

OK, back on topic…When I was thirteen, those actors were the basis for my definition of a “real man.” Whoever Alex may be, as an actor he brings back those dreams of the perfect man, the ideal man.  And c’mon, are you ever too old to dream?  I hope not.

Besides, I would love to hear Alex speaking dialogue like:

Taxi Driver, 1976.  Diary entry voice-over by Travis Bickle (De Niro).
Travis: Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man... June 8th. My life has taken another turn again. The days can go on with regularity over and over, one day indistinguishable from the next. A long continuous chain. Then suddenly, there is a change.
Dog Day Afternoon, 1975. Bank robber Sonny Wortzik (Pacino) becomes anti-hero.
TV Anchorman: Well I'm here to talk to you Sonny...
Sonny: Well I'm talking to you. We're entertainment, right? What do you got for us?
TV Anchorman: Well what do you want to get for it? Do you expect to be paid because...
Sonny: No, I don't want to be paid, I don't need to be paid. Look, I'm here with my partner and nine other people, see. And we're dying, man. You know? You're going to see our brains on the sidewalk, they're going to spill our guts out. Now are you going to show that on television? Have all your housewives look at that? Instead of As The World Turns? I mean what do you got for me? I want something for that.


Body Heat, 1981. Slow, sultry Southern sex and murder with Ned Racine (Hurt).

Ned: I need someone to take care of me, someone to rub my tired muscles, smooth out my sheets.
Matty: Get married.
Ned: I just need it for tonight.
Hud, 1963. Selfish, arrogant cowboy Hud Bannon (Newman) makes bad look good.

Hud: Man like that sounds no better than a heel.
Alma: Aren't you all?
Hud: Honey don't go shooting all the dogs 'cause one of 'em's got fleas.
Alma: I was married to Ed for six years. Only thing he was ever good for was to scratch my back where I couldn't reach it.
Hud: You still got that itch?
Alma: Off and on.
Hud: Well let me know when it gets to bothering you.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Memories of Working on the new Hawaii Five-0 Pilot

Jonathan Mankuta was kind enough to write an anecdote about his time on the Hawaii Five-0 set. Thanks, Jonathan, and I hope you DO get cast in a future episode.

Memories of Working on Hawaii Five-0
By Jonathan Mankuta (actor who plays “beachgoer” in the pilot)
Hi Pam,

Well, I suppose my memories of the set of the Hawaii Five-0 pilot are as follows:

I knew I was cast to be in the "beach scene" where Grace Park's character first comes out of the water in a bikini and gives her cousin (Daniel Dae Kim's character) a hug and they exchange dialogue for a while. The constant thought running through my head during this scene: I get paid to do this...? Seriously...?!?!?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Handcrafted by Alex

By Pam

Photobucket  The question has been asked, Could Alex still talk if he couldn’t use his hands? In most interviews he uses his hands to emphasize his words. Some fans have suggested it’s his ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] that makes him so animated. I can’t find any specific evidence of this other than an adult with ADD can be hyperactive.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pilot Gratification

by carol
I am really looking forward to seeing the pilot episode of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS this Fall. A number of reviewers are already critiquing the show and the actors in it. Obviously, the actor I am most concerned with is Alex O’Loughlin.

Alex O’Loughlin: I absolutely throw myself into every role and try to live and breath each character I play.
Instant character gratification: Do you want it in a tv pilot?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Friends, Favors and Payback

By carol

Alex O'Loughlin often mentions his friends in conversations.

"I had a good friend who came by every morning and took me for coffee and worked out the plan for every day. I didn’t have the money to go home to Australia even if I’d wanted to. It was friendship that kept me strong."
"There was a point when I was living on my mate Sam Gould’s couch for over a year – so long that my back went out."
Alex shared the friend’s couch story on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently. Kimmel asked Alex what he had done to pay this friend back.  Alex replied, "Nothing."
When I first heard him say that, I thought, well, why not? Shouldn’t Alex try to pay back this great favor?