Hawaii Five-0
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Interview with Scott Caan

Interview with Scott Caan

Q: In addition to your film work, you've guest starred as the very memorable Scott Lavin on Entourage as well as [Hawaii Five-0] what are the differences between film and TV and do you have a preference?

SC: Well of course I want to do movies, everybody wants to do movies, but I liked doing Entourage a lot and there are things about Hawaii Five-0 I like. So I don't know. I've been stubborn and never wanted to do television. I don't even know if I want to act anymore. You know what I mean, I want to make movies, I like writing, I like photography, I like so many different things that I still don't really know what I want to do so, yeah, of course I'd rather be making movies, but you know movies aren't steady and it's not a steady paycheck. I also want to be able to take care of my kids. I don't have any kids. No not yet, but I mean, when I do have them, I don't even know that either, like I don't even know if I want to be rich, I don't know what I want.

Q: How do you prepare yourself to play the role of Danny Williams?

SC: Well, the good news is that this role comes easy to me. I feel that there's a lot of me in the part, so I feel like for the most part with this role I just kind of memorize my lines and hit my marks and have fun, you know... You know the only way to do a show like this is to figure out a way to have fun. Alex O'Loughlin has a really tough job, a really tough job, because his role is not the most fun role to do, and he has to come back and do it everyday. Me, there's a lot of scenes where I just show up and have fun.

Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about taking on this role?

SC: Well, I've been in the business for a long time and I haven't really gotten the roles that I want to get. I played in Ocean's Eleven, I was the tenth guy in that movie. You know, Casey [Affleck] for example he went on and got some good parts and got offered good movies, and I didn't. You know, I wasted a lot--I didn't waste time, but I went off and made my own movies and I spent a lot of my own money on movies and I wanted to be John Cassavetes. I didn't want to be Tom Cruise, you know, and so you pay the price. And for whatever reason my brand didn't get me to a point where I could do exactly what I wanted to do. And there are things that I really want to do and I have to take opportunities like this. This is a wave, you know, and you really have to take those moments in life when you say no to them you look back and go, 'God I wonder where I would be if I did do that.' Because look, ultimately, I'm in my thirties and the things that I want to do are ahead of me.

Q: Do you have future goals to go back into music or get into producing?

SC: I have I produced and I've made three movies and directed two movies... I don't want to make music anymore. I just listen to it, you know. I forget who said this, some really great director said like, 'A movie is never done, you just stop working on it.' That's the life of someone who is a real artist, and I don't want to sound pretentious but I think the second you go, 'I've made it, I'm done, I'm doing it.' I look at Matt Damon, alright, I mean he can do any movie he wants and I guarantee you he's not happy with the last performance. He's looking to the next one. He's not just doing it because he needs more money, he's doing it because he wants to do something better. He wins an Academy Award or gets nominated and he's like whatever. Look at Leonardo Dicaprio. Do you think that guy looks at his last performance and goes, 'I really did it that time, it's over.' Hell no. He's sitting there, he's ripping his hair out of his head because he wants to do something better. You know, so I don't think if I was in Leonardo Dicaprio's position I'd be happy. I'd be in the same place that I am, only I'd feel like I'd be doing something with a little more heart.

Q: But I think that's good, that's what makes you continue to grow as an actor.

SC: Sure, that's what I'm saying. I don't think I'll ever be happy with work. And it's tricky, too, because you don't know like, does that transforms into life? I don't want to be a miserable artist either, you know what I mean? I don't always want to be unhappy, but I don't know. It's interesting.

Q: Are there any similarities between you and your character?

SC: Yeah, of course. There's no longer a character. It's just me.

Q: Do you like that or does that make it harder sometimes?

SC: No, that's the only way to do it for me as an actor. I read something. If I find myself in it, I want to do it. If I don't then I'm like, well what... You can't do anything out of yourself. I mean, look, the idea is to bring reality to something. How are you going to do something--you know people are their best when there's the most of them in their work. When actors are like well, 'He...'--and actresses do it all the time like, 'She thinks this and she thinks...' It's like no, you do... The words are the words--you have to say them. It's how you do them, you as a person. If I'm going to play a kid who's got Down syndrome then there's got to be a part of me that understands, or there's got to be something in me that I can put myself into that or it's not going to be good. You know, it's me as this guy, it's me as this... You know, whatever.

Q: Danny's often portrayed as a tough alpha male-type character. He's a bit more vulnerable and sensitive when it comes to his relationship with his daughter. Can you discuss this side of Danny and how you approach this is as an actor?

SC: Well, I think again, it goes back to the last question--it's the same thing. I think that that's an important thing and that's why the role is really good for me because if... I couldn't play Alex's role, you know, I couldn't do that. I am way too sensitive to play that part, you know, you've got to kind of be like [taps on table]. It's a hard thing to be.

Q: You've had a lot of high profile guest stars this season. Is there one that you've especially enjoyed working with? Is there someone you'd like to guest star on this show?

SC: I got to work with a buddy of mine, Rhys. Rhys Coiro, he's done Entourage. He played Billy Walsh on Entourage and that was really cool for me. And I really like him. And I really liked working with Claire van der Boom, my wife. That was awesome. Who I'd really like to see on the show? Sean Penn.