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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 14, 2010

'Five-0' meets Mighty Mo

 •  Vets struggle to readjust

By William Cole

Pearl Harbor should have a familiar feel for "Hawaii Five-0" cop Steve McGarrett he was a naval intelligence officer in his fictional past and the base already is getting its share of closeups in the pilot for the planned remake of the television series.

On Monday, CBS filmed for more than 12 hours at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, starting with a Hawaiian blessing. The crew came back again on Tuesday, officials said.

McGarrett (actor Alex O'Loughlin) and Hawai'i Gov. Pat Jameson (Jean Smart) took a stroll on the pier next to the Mighty Mo. Although Missouri folks aren't exactly clear on the script, they said CBS was looking for iconic backdrops such as the big ship.

Scenes also were shot in the USS Missouri's Pearl Canteen and in a back storage area. Along with McGarrett and the "governor," also there were Daniel Dae Kim, cast as detective Chin Ho Kelly, and Scott Caan, who is "Book him, Danno" Danny Williams, officials said.

On Tuesday, the detective drama filmed on the Pearl Harbor destroyer USS Chafee.

Between the Chafee and the Missouri, about 150 people were involved, said Navy spokesman Chief Bart Bauer. That included about 20 to 30 military people as extras.

"They used them for everything from military roles to tourists to security guards," Bauer said.

The military personnel had to be on leave, and they were paid "whatever the extra going rate is around 100 bucks, I believe," he said.

There is the possibility that some filming will be done on the Ford Island bridge on Saturday, he said.

The Air Force was scheduled to get in on the act later this month, but a big inspection put the kabosh on the date.

Master Sgt. Jennifer Isom, a 15th Airlift Wing spokeswoman, said the plan was to have McGarrett in a scene with a C-17 cargo plane.

"The one scene that was going to take place here was them filming this bit with him coming up to the cockpit, and then they thought, 'Well, no, maybe we'll make him walk up to a C-17,' and then that changed, but basically, it involved a C-17," Isom said.

There was even a casting call for pilots.

Isom said about 14 C-17 pilots showed up. Apparently, they didn't have the right stuff, though.

"Afterwards, they told us they were going to use some actors," Isom said. But then the Hickam shoot was scrapped altogether.