When Daniel Dae Kim first stepped off the plane in Hawaii in 2004 for "Lost," he (along with the rest of the cast) were new to the island.
But as filming starts on Episode 2 of the "Hawaii Five-0" remake for CBS, Kim is starting to feel like the the trusted veteran.
Kim, who will jump from the role of the prim and proper Jin Kwon to his new character of Det. Chin Ho Kelly originally played by the late Kam Fong, said fans who really loved what he did on "Lost" will have something to adjust to. And he likes that, because the best parts of being an actor is trying out different personalities.
"We're shooting on the same islands and locations that I did on 'Lost,' I'm part of a familiar crew, but everything else is completely different," Kim told a roundtable of reporters early Friday, including one from Airlock Alpha and Inside Blip, at San Diego Comic-Con.
Instead of carrying his wife's hand, Kim's character of Chin Ho will instead be carrying a large shotgun and riding a motorcycle, helping to give a more modern twist to the very popular original series that started in 1968.
Although CBS offered Kim, "Battlestar Galactica" alum Grace Park and "Star Trek" writers and "Fringe" executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to journalists, Comic-Con has really evolved in recent years to embrace not just genre shows, but all kinds of smart television, Kim said.
"Comic-Con is a place I would go if I could, even if I wasn't promoting a show," Kim said. "It shows how far the convention has come."
Kim is passionately behind "Hawaii Five-0" because he is a fan of the creators of the project, Chin Ho is a complete departure from Jin in "Lost," and it's filmed in Hawaii.
"I look forward to flexing some different muscles," Kim said.
Chin Ho has a very dark past that will be revealed over time, and there are many different places that character can go, similar to Jin, Kim said.
In all, Kim wants to make sure that proper homage is made to the original program that spanned 12 years.
"And in today's television landscape, that is unique," Kim said. "Television sensibility has changed and audience expectations have changed, and we made some adjustments. We just need to make it something that, today, all of us sitting at the table, would like to watch."
"Hawaii Five-0" premieres this fall on CBS.
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