Man of steel

Chris o’don­nell is hav­ing the time of his life as crime-fight­ing Spe­cial Agent g callen on ac­tion se­ries ncis: la.

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In the high-stakes world of crim­i­nal ca­pers, the ncis: la (2009-cur­rent) team have their work cut out. and lead­ing the team of elite crime­busters is spe­cial agent in charge g callen, played by chris o’don­nell. g and his part­ner sam hanna (played by rap­per ll cool j) are an al­most un­stop­pable force as they face off with the crim­i­nal un­der­world us­ing guns, trained tech­niques and a touch of hu­mour. the two ac­tors’ dy­namic-duo chem­istry is par­tially re­spon­si­ble for the show’s suc­cess – it’s got six siz­zling sea­sons so far!

The rap­port be­tween G and Sam is so good. how are you guys off-screen? ll and i met for the first time film­ing the pi­lot. i didn’t know what to ex­pect and i was try­ing to fig­ure out what to call him. do i call him ll or cool j or todd [his real name is james todd smith]? he told me to call him todd and we hit it off right away. he’s in­cred­i­bly easy. he’s just a regular guy, very hum­ble and ac­ces­si­ble. peo­ple say: “you’re work­ing with ll cool j?” and they go nuts. they want to ask ques­tions. i lis­tened to his mu­sic grow­ing up, but i didn’t know him. now, i just think of him like any­body else i’d be work­ing with. he’s a good dude. There is so much ac­tion on the show. Were you pre­pared for it? some of the ac­tion is just fun to break up the pat­tern of what you’re do­ing. we’ll have days on end, work­ing on the sound stage on sets, then we get to go out and we spend time at the dis­ney ranch where [clas­sic us shows] the dukes of haz­zard (1979-1985) and lit­tle house on the prairie (1974-194) were shot. re­cently we ran around with a mili­tia group and spent all night hand­cuffed to a stove. we were fir­ing guns and hav­ing a blast. And you’re happy to give up your movie ca­reer to do the show? i wouldn’t have signed up for this if i wasn’t. i love it. i’ve been

chris and his co-star ll cool j get on like

a house on fire.

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