Hawaii Five-O’s Australian star, Alex O’Loughlin, has revealed when he will quit the popular TV show.
The actor is currently in the process of finishing season seven in the popular reboot of the original 1970s hit show, playing Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett.
But it looks like this will be his penultimate season with the show.
“I signed on for another two (seasons), which is this year and next year, series seven and eight, and I don’t know if I can sustain any more than that just physically,” O’Loughlin said.
“I’ve taken so many physical hits on this show, my back is pretty bad and I’ve got a lot of fixing I’ve got to do. I’ve got to fix my body.”
The actor appears to kick off season seven with a chase scene involving some serious parkour moves over buildings through Hawaii.
Looks can be deceiving, however, as most of the action work is done by stunt professionals.
“Maybe 15 years ago I’d say `yeah I want to jump off that building’ but I was 40 a couple of weeks ago so I kind of know my place. There are certain things you don’t try to start doing at 40,” he said.
The show is not all about the action, the heart of the show is the relationship between O’Loughlin’s character and his partner Danny Williams, played by Scott Caan.
“Steve and Danny have been in therapy for a couple of years so they’re making leaps and bounds,” O’Loughlin said.
“The wonderful thing about television as opposed to film is that it spans over years so you literally have years to work on these characters, therefore there is a natural ease between them on camera and that gets easier and easier.”
Aside from Steve and Danny, there’s another very important character in the series.
“We always said from the very beginning that Hawaii itself plays a character in the show and probably the most important character. To look at it vivid in high definition footage it’s like `oh my God it’s gorgeous’,” he said.
Despite the advantages of being in a long-running show, O’Loughlin still has an end date in mind for one specific reason.
“I want to throw a football with my grandkids one day so I’ve got to be smart,” he said.
” I think if we get through these two seasons and finish with an eighth season I think it would be an incredible feather in all of our caps and something to be proud of so I’m just focused at the moment on getting through seven and making it into eight.”
OCTOBER 15, 2016 SOURCE