Five-o in vet gaffe

Mc­gar­rett and Danno have caused a stir in Pearl Har­bor

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

ELE­VI­SION bosses be­hind hit show Hawaii Five-0 have apol­o­gised to Amer­ica’s World War II vet­er­ans for film­ing an up­com­ing episode dur­ing their Pearl Har­bor an­niver­sary trib­ute.

Dozens of Pearl Har­bor sur­vivors and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials con­gre­gated at the National Me­mo­rial Ceme­tery of the Pa­cific in Honolulu last week to re­mem­ber the lives lost dur­ing the Ja­panese at­tack on the Hawaiian naval base in 1941.

How­ever, the group be­came en­raged when a Hawaii Five-0 film crew ne­glected to al­ter its shoot­ing sched­ule and in­stead forged ahead with film­ing a scene in which se­ries star Alex O’lough­lin vis­ited his fic­tional fa­ther’s grave.

And now Hawaii Five-0’ s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Peter Lenkov, has of­fered up an apol­ogy to the vet­er­ans and vis­it­ing ser­vice mem­bers, who were ‘‘un­in­ten­tion­ally offended when our events co­in­cided’’.

Lenkov has re­leased a state­ment which reads: ‘‘Any rude­ness by our staff can only be at­trib­uted to haste to fin­ish our work, not a lack of re­spect for men and women who have served and sac­ri­ficed for their coun­try. And for that, too, we sin­cerely apol­o­gise to any that were offended.

‘‘We recog­nise the priv­i­lege of film­ing in Hawaii and we are acutely aware of the de­served re­spect for its cul­ture, his­tory and the rev­er­ence that should be af­forded to all of our vet­er­ans, par­tic­u­larly those who served so nobly in Hawaii and at Pearl Har­bor.’’

Hawaii Five-0: Wed­nes­days, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC

Alex O’lough­lin and Scott Caan

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