Outtakes Online: Oka marks ‘Five-0′ with humor

Oct. 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Masi Oka plays Dr. Max Bergman on "Hawaii Five-0." (Star-Advertiser photo by Cindy Ellen Russell)

BY MIKE GORDON / mgordon@staradvertiser.com

There has been a steady procession of guest faces on the second season of “Hawaii Five-0” but none with more oddball charm than Masi Oka, whose portrayal of Honolulu medical examiner Dr. Max Bergman was so good last year that CBS promoted him to a series regular this time around.

As Bergman, Oka is required to explain some of the science in the police procedural. It could easily become high-brow, technical and boring so Oka fills his delivery with humor.

“When most of the stuff is in exposition, why not to find clever or interesting ways to give the exposition?” he said. “Like, he’s in an ice skating rink or he is about to bungee jump or he is watching a ballet.”

Remember when he peeled the flesh off the hand of a corpse so he could wear it like a glove for fingerprinting?

“What I like about him is the surprise,” Oka said. “He’ll say things that are completely unexpected.”

Check out Monday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser section for more about Oka and some cool photos from his favorite haunt — the morgue.
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Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at mgordon@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.

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