I was watching a series of three youtubes on the Great Hawaii Five O Reunion in 1976, a reunion where the Great One himself was not there.
As with everything when one delves too deeply, one might not like what one finds and in the case of film, TV and music where one person becomes bigger than everyone else, it can turn those people into tyrants.
I’m thinking Kevin Sorbo in Andromeda, Daniel Craig in Bond, the Fonz in Happy Days, it goes on and on. Last evening I read a piece on how he was alone at his death of dementia [meaning no friends, his wife was another matter], I can’t find the url, it said all the things you’d expect – that he flew into rages at everyone, was a womaniser, ruled with an iron rod, was a ‘perfectionist’, which is wankery for ‘control freak’ and that was before it attacked the series.
Perhaps the biggest criticism was that they rehashed plotlines over and over, even locations and it came out in that Jean Simmons clip run here the other day that this was a vehicle for him and him alone, everyone else was a sidekick.
The native Hawaiian community whom he and the producers certainly put on the map, along with boosting island tourism, had mixed feelings about him and even within the eulogies, the resentments came through. James Douglas [Danno] was asked why he left the series – he said he became bored. Diplomatic.
Jack Lord’s wife was fanatical in denying any dementia in him, though a nurse had to be sent – he died in 1978, so at the time of the reunion, he was in the last throes so to speak.
I’ve no issue with ego if it is productive, if it creates something for others, even the Donald’s is ok if he does good with it … and Jack Lord did do good, he put Hawaii on the modern map and created employment through his efforts – that can’t be taken away.
I look back at my own past and a comment made by my headmaster at the time – you’re like the cow which gives good milk and then kicks the bucket over. Guilty.
Whilst I’m more comfortable with flawed people than saints [the load of serene bstds as Douglas Adams put it], there’s a hard to define line beyond which an ego must not go. I’ m not a huge fan of Hawaii Five O due to Lord himself but he did create something which put the attempt at rebooting of the series into a tailspin before it had hardly begun – the new McGarrett lacked charisma, the time for the series is now gone.