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Outtakes Online: Dog worked hard to be himself
BY MIKE GORDON / firstname.lastname@example.org
Duane “Dog” Chapman has a lot of experience when it comes to chasing down bad guys but he had to admit that playing himself on “Hawaii Five-0” was harder than being himself.
“It was a lot of fun but first it was a lot of work,” he said today by phone from Los Angeles where filming is underway for an episode of his upcoming new reality show on CMT. “I couldn’t believe how exhausted I was after I did it. It was hard. Unbelievably hard.”
In the episode of “Five-0,” which airs tonight, Chapman and his crew of bounty hunters are chasing a young man down a flight of stairs, through an alley and over a wall. Everyone is sprinting and, truth be told, Chapman was a bit winded, he said. When he tackles the fleeing scofflaw and body slams him onto the hood of a car, Chapman isn’t holding back.
“On the last day, I was wishing I had someone to take my place,” he said.
The scene hits its dramatic high-note when a falling murder victim lands right in front of him on the roof of the car. It’s pretty dramatic stuff.
The episode also features Chapman’s wife, Beth, and children Leland and Lyssa, who all appear as themselves.
Chapman said he had been invited by CBS to be on the show before, while he was producing his popular bounty hunter show for A&E, but could not because of his obligation to the cable network. Now that he is working on a new reality series for CMT — “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” — he doesn’t have that restriction, he said. Chapman’s new series will premiere on April 21.
While working on “Five-0,” the reality show veteran discovered a new version of reality — Hollywood-style — when the stunt crew set off explosions.
“There are real explosions,” he said. “Brah there are real bombs. In a reality show we don’t have real bombs.”
Mike Gordon covers film and television in Hawaii for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his weekly “Outtakes” column Sundays in the Star-Advertiser.