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'Hawaii Five-0' Cast at Comic-Con: Everyone From 'Lost,' Come on Down

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2010 3:20PM
Hawaii Five 0As different as CBS' new fall action reboot 'Hawaii Five-0' is in story, style and structure from 'Lost,' they do share a key thing in common -- location, location, location.

That's partially what drew 'Lost' star Daniel Dae Kim to the project. "I've made no secret of the fact that I really loved living in Hawaii and I wanted to stay," he told a hall full of fans at San Diego's Comic-Con. "But I wasn't going to unless it was a project I really cared about."

The producers aren't shy about the fact they're hoping some of the 'Lost' magic rubs off on their show. As executive producer Roberto Orci joked, "Luckily the rest of the cast of 'Lost' need jobs."

But he and fellow executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Peter Lenkov aren't relying on just name-brand casting to launch the reboot of 'Hawaii Five-0.' They promised plenty of character arcs in addition to weekly cases, as well as following the ongoing storyilne of Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) solving his father's murder.

The producers also acknowledged a responsibility to fans of the original. That includes a careful reworking of the iconic theme song. "There was some discussion early on of having an incredibly talented rock star to come in and do a guitar version of it," Kurtzman noted. "We attempted it and we couldn't have been more wrong! So we found the original musicians, brought them back to the studio and did the theme exactly as it was."

Not everything is as it was in the original, however. Star Grace Park will be playing Det. Kono -- a role that was originally male
"Times have changed," said Park, who is well-used to turning a role female since she did the same on 'Battlestar Galactica' as Lt. Boomer. When asked if she'll be the bikini will be her main uniform. Park slyly answered, "I want to see the guys in bikinis." Producers also promised episodes focusing on Chin Ho and Kano.

With Kim on the panel, questions about the 'Lost' finale inevitably came up. "I was very satisfied with it. 'The heart of Lost' was the characters and the redemption they were looking for," he said. "They found a resting place in the finale, so that was the moment I was looking for."

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