Mag­num force

The much-loved crime ca­per gets a HIGH-OC­TANE RE­MAKE for 2019

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FOL­LOW­ING SUC­CESS­FUL RE­BOOTS of

clas­sic US se­ries such as Hawaii

Five-0 and Macgyver, the lat­est Amer­i­can drama to get a mod­ern­day makeover is 1980s favourite

Mag­num P.I. with Jay Her­nan­dez tak­ing on the ti­tle role.

The much-loved orig­i­nal, set in Hawaii, mem­o­rably starred Tom Sel­leck as like­able, mous­ta­chioed pri­vate eye Thomas Mag­num, who stayed in the guest house of never-seen au­thor Robin Masters in ex­change for se­cu­rity ser­vices.

While Mag­num was a Viet­nam vet last time around, the new Mag­num and his bud­dies – Rick (Zachary Knighton) and TC (Stephen Hill) – did their tours of duty in

Afghanistan, but their friend­ship is just as tight as they tackle a range of crimes on the is­lands.

We caught up with Her­nan­dez to get the low­down…

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE TOLD YOU WERE THE NEW MAG­NUM?

I was re­ally ex­cited. It’s such an hon­our to be able to reprise a show I watched as a kid. My mother was a huge fan, so when I broke the news, she al­most fell off her seat.

DID YOU FEEL ANY PRES­SURE STEP­PING INTO TOM SEL­LECK’S SHOES?

It would have been a dis­as­ter to try to re­place Tom. Luck­ily, the pro­duc­ers wanted to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion but still cap­ture the essence of what he brought to the show, which was the charm el­e­ment. So, I was very flat­tered.

WHAT ARE THE BIG­GEST SIM­I­LAR­I­TIES WITH THE ORIG­I­NAL?

Mag­num still works as a se­cu­rity con­sul­tant to Robin Masters to sup­ple­ment his PI busi­ness, and we’ve taken other things from the orig­i­nal like the car and the Detroit Tigers hat. We’ve also tried to cap­ture the same spirit.

AND WHAT ARE THE BIG­GEST DIF­FER­ENCES?

The es­tate man­ager Hig­gins is now a woman and a for­mer Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer (Perdita Weeks), which cre­ates a dif­fer­ent type of ten­sion. The dober­mans are still there, though, and they still hate Mag­num.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT THE SHOW?

One of the great things is how you get to dive into the char­ac­ters more than you would in a stan­dard cop drama. There are flash­backs and a voiceover, which gets you into the mind­set of Mag­num, and as you delve into his past you re­alise there are a lot more lay­ers to his char­ac­ter.

WE SEE YOU HAVEN’T TRIED TO COPY MAG­NUM’S FA­MOUS MOUS­TACHE?

It was a big dis­cus­sion – but we all agreed it wasn’t the right thing to do. That be­ing said, we’re go­ing to do a lit­tle nod to it in the sec­ond episode.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT MAG­NUM’S FOND­NESS FOR HAWAI­IAN SHIRTS?

If you look in my closet, ev­ery­thing’s black. But when you’re in Hawaii, that doesn’t feel right so I was wear­ing pink for the first time in my life. That’s not my thing, but it feels right over there.

WOULD YOU MAKE A GOOD PRI­VATE IN­VES­TI­GA­TOR?

I’m very good at de­tail and I like solv­ing mys­ter­ies, so I think I’d be pretty good. I have a buddy who was in SWAT for a num­ber of years and be­came one of the youngest de­tec­tives in Los An­ge­les.

That’s a very cool job.

NEW CRIME DRAMAMag­num P.I.Wed­nes­day, Sky one HD, 9pm TOM SEL­LECK AS THEORIG­I­NAL MAG­NUM JAY HER­NAN­DEZ IN THE NEW RE­MAKE

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