AUSSIE ALEX MAKES THE ROLE HIS OWN

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THE ‘‘blue steel’ gaze is the same, but com­par­isons be­tween Alex O’Lough­lin’s Steve McGarrett and orig­i­nal ac­tor Jack Lord should end there.

While Lord, in all his 1970s polyester glory, put the char­ac­ter (even the state of Hawaii) on the map, it’s a sexy Aussie who drags this iconic se­ries into the 21st cen­tury.

‘‘This is not Jack Lord’s Hawaii Five-O, it’s mine,’’ O’Lough­lin says. ‘‘First of all, Jack Lord was a man with­out a past, but from the pi­lot you’ll learn so much more about­my­char­ac­ter.’’

A Navy SEAL who re­turns to Oahu to avenge his cop fa­ther’s murder, McGarrett is in con­trol, pulling to­gether his crack squad of di­vorced dad Danno (Caan), ex­iled cop Chin Ho Kelly (Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim) and rookie de­tec­tive Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park).

For tra­di­tion­al­ists, the wave-rid­ing theme song is back, as is McGarrett’s ar­rest­ing slug, ‘‘book ’em, Danno’’.

While the line riles Caan, who begged pro­duc­ers to can it, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Peter Lenkov in­sisted the ‘‘touch­stone’’ stay.

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