“Be here. Aloha,” he mutters three times, with nary a smile and a serious I-don’t-give-a-crap attitude.
Looking on a few feet away with devilish delight: costar Alex O’Loughlin, who senses his pal’s discomfort and shouts, “Smile!”
“B—- me,” Caan hollers back.
“C’mon, you have a great smile,” O’Loughlin teases.
This off-camera frat-boy banter is finding a place on screen, too, making O’Loughlin’s straight-arrow McGarrett and his sarcastic hothead sidekick the most buzzed about partnership of the new season.
“We both lucked out,” says O’Loughlin, who has been receiving on-set chess lessons from Caan. “We really bounce off each other, and as we get closer, we can just shoot each other a look, which adds a lot to our relationship on screen.”
While O’Loughlin has been slowly emerging as a TV fan favorite for the past few seasons, Caan has remained pretty much under the radar since the late ’90s as a dependable supporting player in film (the Ocean’s Eleven franchise) and TV (he’ll return to shoot Entourage’s final season during his summer hiatus). But it’s Hawaii Five-0 that’s making this recognizable tough guy a bankable name, which is why CBS believes viewers will tune in if Caan tells them to “Be here” — even if he personally finds the spots moronic. “I don’t know how to be a cornball, and this is a cornball thing,” says Caan after wrapping the promos. “I will never, ever settle into something that I think is fake.”
“Scott’s very real and wears his heart on his sleeve,” explains the show’s executive producer, Peter Lenkov. “There’s not a dishonest bone in his body.”