Update: Somehow I don’t think I made it clear the link to the podcast is at the bottom of this post.
Earlier today on Openfilm.com Scott Caan gave an online interactive interview led by entertainment blogger Michael Buckley (@buckhollywood). The format was simple and straightforward, with questions coming largely from the twitter, youtube and Openfilm.com website. Michael asked great follow up questions to Scott at points, but at one point his “research staff” (yeah I put that in quotes ;)) failed him. Near the end, the interview faltered for a bit as the internet questions slowed…possibly a list of back up questions would have been a good thing to have on hand. To his credit, Michael had to stay on top of the feed *and* interview Scott at the same time, which I’m sure was difficult. Questions covered a wide variety of topics, including his acting techniques and career, his aspirations as a actor, writer, producer, and photographer, and of course many questions regarding his current hit Hawaii Five-0.
Here are some excerpts from the interview. Link to the podcast below.
On banter: Danny and Steve’s banter is a mixture of ad-libbing and script…the most ad-libbing is done with the carguments, where one take is done scripted, and others ad-libbed. “I try to use babe as much as possible.”
On public attention: “I don’t notice a ton more attention. Being in Hawaii, it’s a big show there, so I get a lot of attention being out there. I hope I get just enough attention that I can get some money and freedom to do the things I want to do.”
On career aspirations as a boy: “I wanted to be a fireman, I wanted to be a baseball player, I wanted to be a rapper. I still don’t want to be when I grow up.”
On film projects: “My goal is to finish a movie every two years.” He plans nothing this year due to his commitment to Entourage, which he is currently filming in L.A. right now.
On his biggest achievement: He doesn’t think he’s hit his peak or had his biggest role yet.
Answering my question about how much of Scott’s mannerisms creep up into Danny’s portrayal: “I hope all of them, that’s kind of the idea, especially doing a TV show, the first couple [episodes] you’re getting with the writers, and by the time it’s over, hopefully they’re writing for you. I don’t have Danny mannerisms or Scott mannerisms; hopefully they’re the same thing. …If I feel like I can put a lot of myself into it then I think I have an idea it might be ok.
On taking the role of Danny: Scott’s first instinct was not to do a TV show (Five-0) but changed his mind after reading the script. “…You got to take the wave when it comes.” He didn’t audition for Five-0 or Entourage, and was casted.
On remakes: “If something is really good to begin with, there’s no reason to do it exactly the way it was… I don’t think could be more different from the old one. I’ve never even seen the old one, but from what I hear it’s very different. When people do straight remakes…I don’t love that.”
On acting: “You have to rely on your instincts to know whether you’re doing something good or not. I think what’s really important is to work with a director you really trust so you can just do whatever you’re doing and not think about whatever you’re doing…”
On lead parts he almost got: U-Turn and Boogie Nights.
On his future with Five-0: Possibly write for the show, but not directing.
Actor’s he’d like to work with: Sean Penn, Leo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix.
On his idol: Cites his dad as his big inspiration, also Robert Duvall, Sean Penn.
The next guest star? James Caan only if he plays Danny’s father.
On the season finale: “The final episode is not about a case, it’s more about us, and what happens to us.”
His pets: “Two dogs…a blue heeler and my girlfriend has a puggle.”
On tattoos: “I think I’m gonna get another tattoo. I wanna get one on my hand. But can’t do it cause I’d have to cover it.”
Answering my other question about balancing Five-0 filming with his personal projects: “I have to do what they tell me to do…maybe that’ll change in a couple of years, they’ll give me more time.”
But I think the biggest thing that I got a kick out of was Michael’s personal fascination with Scott himself and the non-bromantic, and possibly romantic banter (one sided of course) between the two.
MB: Do you have a muse…
SC: I have a lot of muses [laughing].
MB: Can I be one after today?
MB: Do you know when I google you, it’s all handsome, shirtless, pecs. I was like, “Ooo, I like it.” Do you ever google yourself? You must…
SC: No! [laughing]
MB: You’ve never googled yourself? It’s all shirtless pecs!
SC: I’ve never taken a shirtless pec, have you?
MB: Aw man, I don’t know where these came from then, I’m gonna sue somebody…
SC: You mean like…
MB: …there’s pictures with your shirt off.
SC: Oh….I like to be nude. ..I’m not sitting there posing, but I don’t like to have clothes on.
SC: [I have] two dogs…a blue heeler and my girlfriend has a puggle.
MB: I love puggles.
SC: I imagine you would.
(later) SC: … I meant that as a compliment, by the way.
Well Buck Hollywood will probably have to wait in a line, since a lot of ladies are already lined up and swooned over the fact that he mentioned he wanted to have kids one day.
Enjoy the podcast!
Scott Caan interview with Michael Buckley on openfilm.com