Apr 30th, 2011
SusanJohnston: Hello everybody, and welcome to Openfilm live. I'm Susan Johnston founder, director of New Media Film Festival. We bring you the best of new media; honoring stories worth telling. And were going to be here at Los Angels Film School May 20th through 21st if you go to new media filmfestival.com and contact us we'll send you discount codes to get 30percent off to visit us, or 50percent to submit. Your going to want to stop by because we have Linkin Park's, premier movie video in 3D opening night and we have Lorne Lanning, the game developer extrodenare on Saturday with Jason Alexander's film closing, and a very secret world premier that you'll be very excited to hear about. So, New Media Film Festival, along with Net Element, is excited to bring you Openfilm live, with Scott Caan. Thanks.
MichaelBuckley: Hi everybody. I'm Michael Buckley, and thank you for joining us on Openfilm live. For those of you who don't know me, I'm from "What The Buck?" show on YouTube where I cover celebrity news and stuff. So, thanks so much for Openfilm for having me. And, we are here today; as you saw in the intro with Scott Caan, give it up. (Cheering) We have some people in the crowd. Yeah.
ScottCaan: The crowd.
MichaelBuckley: In the crowd, it's a crowd. And, there's the thousands of people on the Internet.
ScottCaan: I'm sure they're all clapping.
MichaelBuckley: Yeah, they were clapping, so we have people on Openfilm.com so thanks for watching. And thanks to the people watching on the YouTube stream as well. And if your watching on YouTube, I told you "minimize the sound and watch on the Openfilm because they have the professional, fancy, equipment. So, thanks for taking time out of your schedule. We actually have some questions and if you want to ask Scott a question you can do two things. You can go to Openfilm.com and right there you can ask a question. And Brenda is looking at them and going to send them over to me. And also you can Twit, and make sure you put the hash tag: Ask Scott Caan. And well go through those and well pick those as well. Before we went on I asked Scott, you don't have Twitter, so.
ScottCaan: I don't. No.
MichaelBuckley: Why, don't you have Twitter, Scott?
ScottCaan: I don't know. I don't like going back to my phone and checking a few messages, let alone. Having to follow.
MichaelBuckley: It's a time sucker to. It's a lot to process. But, the first question. We actually have ten questions that were voted up by the members of the Openfilm community. So, these were the questions that you guys submitted ahead of time and voted up. So, these were the popular ones. So, just a tip for if they do an Openfilm film live chat again. Get your questions in. And, get your friends to vote them up because these are the popular ten. Shout out to all of you, the first one is Stuart Allen. Who is a Openfilm member so hey Stuart. And, he says: "Love, Hawaii Five-O" and your character. Question is: The great banter between you and Alex is it scripted or ad-lib, or a combo of both.
ScottCaan: It's definitely a combo of both. But, I think especially when your doing a TV show it's good to kinda be able to freestyle a little bit. I think that usually the best stuff comes from that. I mean it doesn't matter how good the writing is. Always those little spontaneous moments that weren't planned are usually the ones that kinda standout, so it's good that they let us do that, but a lot of it's well written too. If, it's your thing then it's definitely...
MichaelBuckley: Have you ever been on a set, where a director really encouraged you to ad-lib. Or a set where they were like, 'please read it as is'. Do you have an example of either?
ScottCaan: Umh... I've been lucky man, I've worked with really cool people who kinda, you know, movies and stuff I've done. I've worked with like Steven Soderbergh, is great. And he always let. You know, let us have fun. We would do a take that we would have to stick to what was on the page. And then you know, most directors are like that, they want to see you have fun and then they'll do one that's scripted.
MichaelBuckley: So that's cool, so a combination of them both on Hawaii Five-O.
ScottCaan: Yeah, actually no. The good stuff is Alex and I, and the boring stuff is written.
MichaelBuckley: Openfilm member cajun133. Hey, cajun133. 'You had a busy career before Hawaii Five-O without all of the hoopla' in quotes, hoopla. Know that you are on a very popular show. It is very popular, like top 20; it's a big hit.
MichaelBuckley: And its on CBS watch Hawaii Five-0. How does all the attention feel to you? So, this is a big show, how does it feel.
ScottCaan: Uhm... I don't know. I've kinda been doing this for a little while, so I've had ups and down's and I've had people paying attention, not paying attention. So, I don't really notice a ton more attention. Being in Hawaii, it's a big show there, so there's a lot of attention us being out there. I hope I get just enough attention that I can get some money and freedom to do the kinda things that I want to do.
MichaelBuckley: So, you're more focused on the work then the hoopla.
ScottCaan: Yeah, the hoopla. I don't know about the hoopla.
MichaelBuckley: Yeah. Good question, though.
Red pm. This is going to be good. Is there a dream project you have always wanted to work on, to be part of TV or film, already existing or not. Is there a TV show, you always thought, "I like to be on that" or, is there something in the cooker that your thinking about.
ScottCaan: Yeah, I mean there's a bunch of different things, you know a TV show that I want to make. I have a couple of TV shows that I want to make, movies I want to make. So, I think that's a loaded question.
MichaelBuckley: What's the one TV show growing up that you were watching and you were like 'god I wanted to be on that show'? If, you can think of any.
ScottCaan: I, didn't watch a ton of TV, I mean when I was a kid I watched shows, but I never thought I wanted to be on them.
MichaelBuckley: Yeah, what do you think about Hawaii Five-O remake? What was your thought when they approached you with that?
ScottCaan: I think my first instinct was: no, I don't want to do a TV show, and then I read it. And, I thought it was good. And, you know I had something else I wanted to do, and I think in this business you have to take the waves as they come.
MichaelBuckley: What do you think of remakes in general? What do you think of Hollywood making remakes of movies and TV shows, are you fine with that if it's done right.
ScottCaan: I mean, if some things really good to begin with I don't think there's a reason to do it exactly the way it was. So, I guess people are taking ideas they want to do something that's fresh in someone's memory. And, I don't think are show couldn't be any different then the old one. I, mean I never seen the old one but from what I here it's, it's very different.
MichaelBuckley: Right, it's more like the idea.
ScottCaan: But, when people do straight remakes, like shot for shot, you know...
MichaelBuckley: I like on Hawaii Five-O, cause they use that theme song, that theme song is so iconic, so I think that more evokes a memory and a feeling more like it's a remake of a show that show but, it's a nice touch to the show.
ScottCaan: Yeah... I think there's so much, I think any think anything that can give you an edge to be successful. I think networks... that song alone got people interested without seeing the show. But, ultimately I think you have to have a good product at the end of the day or it doesn't really matter what you're remaking or what song your using to manipulate people to watch it on, you know.
MichaelBuckley: This is from skippy9474. The question is: 'the banter and relation between Danny and Steve reminded me something of Starsky and Hutch and especially the use of babe, which is so typical for them. Is Starsky and Hutch a source of inspiration?
ScottCaan: I've never seen Starsky and Hutch.
MichaelBuckley: I had the little car when I was little. It's a little red Starsky and Hutch. So, I guess the answer is no Skippy.
This is from, again this is from Openfilm member's thanks guys for submitting ahead time. This is troopteach, as a photographer has your work behind the camera lens affected the way you physically portrait a character on screen. Being a photographer, has it affected your work as an actor?
MichaelBuckley: That's what is says. Does it effect the way you physically, maybe you're thinking about the cinematography, about how you're being filmed as a photographer is your photographer eye thinking...
ScottCaan: No, no. If we're thinking about physically what we're doing we're in big trouble. But as a director you know, I never thought about composition, as much when I started shooting photos, then now when I direct a movie all I think about is composition.
MichaelBuckley: What kinda photograph do you do? I'm sorry for not knowing, so if someone's a fan of your photograph.
ScottCaan: I'll shoot a picture of anything that looks interesting. I think I can shoot you right now.
MichaelBuckley: This is from Openfilm member, mrussell. 'What is the number one important thing for you when being directed on a set'.
ScottCaan: For me, that's a good question. For me... when you doing like a television show you learn to just not trust the people your working with. Which is a bummer, and you have to rely on your own instinct, to know if you're doing something good or not. And I think...
MichaelBuckley: Why do you think that is?
ScottCaan: I'm going to tell you. And, I think that what's really important is to be able to work with a director you really trust, so you can kinda of do whatever your doing and you don't have to think about what your doing. And, so that's the most important thing if I'm with someone I know I can be a complete goof, or not be in control of what I'm doing and have fun and be loose, because I trust he's not going to let me look stupid.
So, trusting a director there's nothing really more important then that. And we don't get to do that to often. So, you end up kinda controlling what you do and paying attention to what you do. I mean it would be kinda of great to just work and go home and not think of what you did because you know the guy who's putting it together is going to take care of you, you know.
MichaelBuckley: I think a lot of young actors, like the first time there on a TV show...
ScottCaan: And, that's the difference between bad or good. I think a lot of people don't. Which is tough.
MichaelBuckley: Cool. Well that's a good question. And, well that was actually, Ms. mrussell. And, this is Arden, I'm sorry. Arden says and this Openfilm member Arden, "what was the toughest part of transitioning between actor and producer on Mercy."
A lot of people ask questions about Mercy, people love that show. There were tons of comments about Mercy. A large following for a short time on the air, don't you think?
ScottCaan: It wasn't the TV show. It was a movie that we made.
MichaelBuckley: So, between actor and producer on Mercy. I apology.
ScottCaan: It's OK. In the independent world when your making movies as a director or a producer, your know. The positions kinda mesh into one, and your always just trying to do everything. So, it's just a little more responsibility.
MichaelBuckley: When you were younger growing up did you think I eventually want to do everything? Or, I would like to be an actor. What was the course for you from day one? The thoughts.
ScottCaan: I mean I wanted to be a fireman, then I wanted to be a baseball player, then I wanted to be a rapper. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
MichaelBuckley: Maybe you'll still be a fireman, who knows ten years from now.
This is from Openfilm member, bannafiveO. Which is again a lot of Hawaii Five-O fans user names. "I saw Mercy a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. With Hawaii Five-O taking most of your time, will we see any new movie from your side, whether it was written or directed? So, any new movies.
ScottCaan: Yeah, I hope so. That's kinda the idea, I wanted to do something. So, I could you know, do what I wanted to do when I had free time. So, not this year cause I have to do the last season of Entourage. But, my goal is to try to make a movie every two years.
MichaelBuckley: So, your schedule is a little nutty right now. So, Entourage is what season eight right now...
MichaelBuckley: OK. So, you ever film both at the same time, or are they at different schedules?
ScottCaan: No, I had like a weekend off.
MichaelBuckley: That's nutty. That's gotta be fun though to be on a major network show then also be on this, two popular shows.
ScottCaan: Yeah, I think I'm lucky because you get kinda, you know people only see you as one thing and the characters are so different so it's good so, I don't get to kinda be known just as the cop guy from that one show. I can be on...
MichaelBuckley: Openfilm member, Joe Loyd says. "Scott, what is the most important achievement of career, either on or off the camera?" Do, you have a good answer for that that must be a question, oh what's the biggest achievement of your career. Do you have an answer? Onscreen and off screen. Yes, to this day.
ScottCaan: On screen, I'm really proud of the movies that I've made myself. You know, I haven't really hit the one yet so, I haven't gotten greatest achievement I think. Off screen, I guess it's just friends and family. But, I haven't hit the peak of either one yet.
MichaelBuckley: Well that's good. That's good.
This is the last of the top ten Openfilm questions. Officer808, Danny Williams dialog comes so naturally to you. How much of your personality, mannerisms creep. Nice use of the word creep, into Danny's personality?
ScottCaan: Well I hope all of them, you know, that's kinda the idea. I don't. I mean, especially doing a TV show the first couple your trying to get with the writers and by the time it's over hopefully, there writing for you. I don't have Danny mannerisms and then Scott mannerisms hopefully there the same thing.
MichaelBuckley: When your looking at a roll do you think: "I fit that, I'd like to do that"...
ScottCaan: That's how I pick if I want to do something. If, I read something and I'm like ooo I got it right away, for me I mean I know a lot of actors try to go and get stuff, or do parts that way away from there straight behavior.
MichaelBuckley: Grow as an actor. Play against type. Sounds boring right, no do what your good at.
ScottCaan: Well, if I feel if I can put a lot of myself into it then I think I have an idea it might be ok.
MichaelBuckley: Like you said, you're on a set with people who you might not trust so, it's like I might need to trust myself. That I'm going to be able to do this regardless who else is here.
So, this is from Twitter, and again keep hash tagging and we will see them; hash tag ask Scott Caan. C a a n.
How did you start your career? Basic question. When you were thinking about being a fireman. What was your first role as a kid?
ScottCaan: My first role?
MichaelBuckley: As a kid, what was your first job as an actor?
ScottCaan: I did a movie called 'A Boy Called Hate'. It was a little independent movie and I was actually in a music group. And, this director came and saw me perform. And, I had a relative that was a manager, and he got in touch with her and said I want that kid to come read, audition for this thing.
MichaelBuckley: Did you play an instrument or sing?
ScottCaan: I kind of ran around and jumped up and down.
MichaelBuckley: This is from Openfilm s-l-o-filmfast, I just saw; 'A Beginners Guide to Endings.' And, hoped to screen it at our festival at San Luis... I can't read it.
ScottCaan: San Luis Obispo.
MichaelBuckley: Obispo thank you. California, next march. Just curious how you got involved in that film.
ScottCaan: I think they offered it to a guy, a friend of mine and he wasn't available then they offered it to me after he couldn't do it.
MichaelBuckley: Are there any roles along the way that someone else took that you turndown?
ScottCaan: I haven't done a lot of turning down.
MichaelBuckley: But, that's a good lesson for life for young actors and filmmakers. You say yes, say yes. Do things, be seen you never know. Someone might be on that side and hire you the next time.
ScottCaan: When it comes to you, you got to take it.
MichaelBuckley: What did you want, what did you auditioned for that you were this close.
ScottCaan: An Oliver Stone movie. It was called 'U Turn'. It was really close; I thought I was going to get that. It was between me and I think it was three of us.
MichaelBuckley: Who got it?
ScottCaan: Joaquin Phoenix.
And, I auditioned for 'Boogie Nights'. For Mark Wahlberg's role, I wanted to do that. I think I was sorta close.
MichaelBuckley: Did you ever like tank at an audition? Like walk out and that's it "I sucked at it".
MichaelBuckley: Never, you nailed it. Liar. This is from iamk66 on Twitter. Does he want to direct and write an episode of Hawaii 5 O? Are you writing and direction for that show?
ScottCaan: No, maybe write. I'm friends with a couple of the writers, so I definitely want to write but directing a show is a very specific thing and you have to... it's more about managing then it is about being creative as a director. I think those guys are great. Not to take anything away from them but it's not my thing. I like to shot the way I want to shot and I want it to look the way I want it to look. And I don't want someone going, hey can you make it look this way, you know. Cause this is how our show goes, which makes sense cause it's suppose to. I don't want to do something that's been set up already as a director.
MichaelBuckley: So, maybe season two you'll write a little on Hawaii Five-O.
ScottCaan: Maybe, maybe.
MichaelBuckley: This is Openfilm member, shambles. Who would you like to co-star in the future? Are there like any leading ladies or any leading men who you think, I haven't worked with them and I really like to.
ScottCaan: Yeah, I got a bunch. I think, I'd like to work with Sean Penn. Leonardo DiCaprio I think is great, Joaquin Phoenix. I like Kate Winslet a lot, Cate Blanchett a lot.
MichaelBuckley: I love Cate Blanchett. I just saw 'Hanna'. She was in that it was good.
Who are some of your favorite costars? Over the years you worked with a lot of people. Are there any that standout; that was a nice person. I really enjoyed working with them?
ScottCaan: This isn't a political answer but I've worked with so many cool people. I've been so lucky. I rarely met people I haven't had a good time with. I mean there's a few I didn't.
MichaelBuckley: Right, right, but we won't mention them.
This is from Twitter user, tristopiatv. Who, I know. Which other actors have inspired you most during your career?
ScottCaan: Well, you know my dad has been a big inspiration to me. I think he's probably my favorite. And, Robert Duval, Sean Penn. Brando, and I mean I got pretty much cliché answers.
MichaelBuckley: No, but those are good answers. What is the best advice your father gave to you along the way? He's laughing. What was the worst advice he gave to you along the way?
ScottCaan: You got time?
MichaelBuckley: Yeah. We got a lot of time.
ScottCaan: I mean there's a lot. He said, don't be an actor. That's the first thing he said.
MichaelBuckley: A lot of successful actors though say that to their kids. Or, you'll see them in the interviews, and I told them don't do this.
ScottCaan: Because, it can be torture. I know so many people who, especially if you really, really care about it. And, you don't ever get to do what you really want to do. It's like the worst profession in the world. You get lucky and you get a run, but everybody goes like this. It's probably parents, they don't want. They rather, get a regular job.
MichaelBuckley: Openfilm member, barbrav says. What sacrifices have you made for your career?
Is there anything along the way? I’m sure there's a lot of sacrifices.
ScottCaan: We'll yeah I mean for ten years the last ten fifteen years it's kinda the only thing. My only focus, so I guess I had fun...
MichaelBuckley: And, if you had more free time what would you do?
ScottCaan: I don't know. If I had more free time I probably would be doing the same thing I'm doing now. But, I guess if you write or direct or you act it's something that kinda keeps you filled up all the time. In a fantasy world I'd like to sit on a beach and just surf and sit there for six months and do nothing. But, I'd last about seven days doing that then I'd go ok now what are we doing.
MichaelBuckley: On Twitter thepkg13, says what tips do you have for beginning actors. So, just general advice for beginning actors. Do you say get training or do you say just go for it.
ScottCaan: No, you gotta go get some craft and work hard at it. I say approach it like you want to play sports.
MichaelBuckley: It's like training it's like anything. Most of them are lucky, but most of them are very hard working. But it's the combination of hard work and luck.
ScottCaan: Sure, sure. There's a lot of different things but the ones you can control you gotta go hard.
MichaelBuckley: Openfilm member, Joe Kegie. Says, Scott what was your most difficult role to play emotionally? Any roles that you were like at the end of the day you couldn't let go of. Or, that was sapping your energy? Or, that was sapping your energy?
ScottCaan: No. Well sapping my energy, not couldn't let go of. They're real easy to let go of. It's over then, Mercy was tough on me, cause you know kinda, torture myself a lot. And get in a bad space a lot to do the movie, and also we didn't have a lot of time. And I was also producing it too, wrote it and I was with the director every second and was helping with this or that. That was a tough one.
MichaelBuckley: So, when you're like acting on Hawaii Five-
Oh, are you like I'm just acting and I'm not worried about this other stuff. Is that a good place to be in or, do you feel like I'd like to control other things or are pretty good at checking out...
ScottCaan: I like to control everything.
MichaelBuckley: Yeah. This is from W Larry, says. Would you do another Ocean Movie if another one was coming out?
MichaelBuckley: Openfilm member, Fissel. How do you determine a good script, as an actor and director? When you're reading something, what... this good I have to do it. What do you look for?
ScottCaan: Like I said, as an actor, if I just get a feeling for the part and if I feel like I can have fun, and shine, something I can relate to. Something I feel comfortable reading going "oh, I want to do this" or "oh, I can see myself doing this" and I want to have fun here. So, there's that and as far as a good script. I guess you either read it and like it or, you read it and you don't.
MichaelBuckley: Do you like reading scripts? Or, are you somebody that's "I want to get in bed and read this script or, uhh I gotta read this script". Do you like reading scripts?
ScottCaan: When they're good, when there great it's like anything. But, when there not.
MichaelBuckley: What was the last good movie you saw?
ScottCaan: Yeah, what did I see? I saw the Kings Speech, I liked that. I saw Blue Valentine.
I thought Darren Aronofsky's movie was really good. I like that. The Black Swain. I thought that was really good.
MichaelBuckley: This is from, smofsocks on Twitter. Who or what is your muse? Don, you have a muse? Do you have something that inspires you? A lady, a painter, a something?
ScottCaan: No, I have a lot of muse's. No, I don't have one specific thing ever, no. I mean topics are muse, if that count?
ScottCaan: I mean, good relationships. I don't know if you can call it a muse though, it's more like something that drives you crazy that you have to write about.
MichaelBuckley: This is Julie Koragen, who is a great singer. Hi, Julie Koragen. Do, you enjoy producing or acting more? You like them both probably, but if you can only do just one for the rest of your like.
ScottCaan: I don't know. I like them both.
MichaelBuckley: Do you enjoy seeing yourself on camera? Some actors are like "I can't". I don't understand that.
ScottCaan: If it's good I love to watch it because I'm part of something good. But if it's awful I can't stand to watch it.
MichaelBuckley: Have you ever sat there at a premier and thought, "I can't wait for this to be over"?
ScottCaan: Yeah. I've walked out. Threatened to kill myself, I take it seriously.
MichaelBuckley: I won't ask what movie you threatened to kill yourself about.
Hawaii Five-0 online, who submitted a few questions. Says, would your dad guest star on Hawaii Five-0 as Danno's father? For the right price.
ScottCaan: For, if they got the dough.
MichaelBuckley: Would you do it Mr. Caan? Would you guest star?
ScottCaan: James Caan: (off camera)
Only if I played his father.
MichaelBuckley: Only if he played his father. So, right from the mouth himself.
Cris the fish on Twitter says, "What is your favorite film, TV show". Do, you have any TV shows that you currently watch.
ScottCaan: But, I like Entourage a lot. I watched it before I was on it. But, I'm sure there are great shows but...
MichaelBuckley: But, you're busy to.
ScottCaan: It's not that I'm busy; I just don't watch a ton of TV.
MichaelBuckley: This is from Openfilm member, Tarece Alece. When you write a project, is it a flash inspiration or a long project? Are you a fast writer, or are you somebody who takes years to get your work finished?
ScottCaan: I'm a fast writer. But I'll get an idea and then I'll start thinking about it and then I'll start writing notes. And then it'll either fade away and I'll forget about it or, I'll just keep building on it. And, when I've built on it for a couple of weeks, or a month and it won't leave me then that's when I'll sit down and write.
MichaelBuckley: Do you work on more then one thing at once? Or, can you focus on one?
ScottCaan: No, I like to do one thing at a time.
MichaelBuckley: And, I've checked out.
ScottCaan: I've done that to I've written like 50 pages of something, and then figured it out later. Cause I've used to not really write, I didn't use to outline. I would just write, so now I outline.
Openfilm member, banana Five-0. We know the Hawaii Five-0 season finality is intense. What can you tell us about it? You probably can't but maybe a little hint.
ScottCaan: It's good. I liked it. Reading it there wasn't a lot of procedural stuff in it, it was more about the characters. There's no case... in the final episode. It's not about a case; it's about all of us and what happens to us. And, I guess he want's me to be more specific.
MichaelBuckley: Is there a cliffhanger or something? Is, there like a final scene that they have to wait for it through the summer?
MichaelBuckley: Firstglance films, from Firstglance films says. Would Scott prefer to make indie films for only backend money or, big blockbuster films with large paydays and why?
ScottCaan: I liked to do both.
MichaelBuckley: What do you like better? Money or money?
ScottCaan: It's actually a good question. With one your guaranteed money and the other one your not guaranteed money. But, if I could make indie films with backend money that I knew we were going to make a lot of money that's definitely there.
MichaelBuckley: Right, that's what you love.
ScottCaan: But, you can't just make indie movies, because you can't buy a house. You can't eat a banana.
MichaelBuckley: Do you have a favorite moment on Hawaii Five-0 from the season that you remember that was your favorite moment?
ScottCaan: When they said we did it, it's over.
MichaelBuckley: You like your off time. You like vacation.
ScottCaan: No, I mean that it was long. We did 24 episodes.
MichaelBuckley: It's a tough question to ask.
Will Scott definitely be back for season two of Hawaii Five-0?
ScottCaan: Most likely.
MichaelBuckley: Do you like working on TV shows, mini series, or movies or more?
ScottCaan: I like movies. Because, you get to work hard for a few months and then it's over.
MichaelBuckley: A long time?
ScottCaan: I hope not to long. Some where in the middle would be good.
MichaelBuckley: What type of music do you like? This is from Britney Lynn. That's a personal question. Is it OK?
MichaelBuckley: What kind of music do you like?
ScottCaan: I like everything from Willie Nelson to punk rock music. I have a wide.
MichaelBuckley: This is Simona Sedroqe on Twitter says. Do watch YouTube at all? What do you think of YouTube as a platform for people today?
ScottCaan: I think it's cool. I mean I've enjoyed it.
MichaelBuckley: Nasty Andra says, now where getting personal. Does he want to have a child? Do you like children? Do you want children?
MichaelBuckley: Here's a question. Scott, have you ever been bullied? That's like a hot topic.
ScottCaan: No, I don't know if I was ever bullied. Maybe, once or twice.
MichaelBuckley: But not enough to be like "I been bullied, I need to put it in a chapter in my book".
MichaelBuckley: This is on Bridget Why. How much of the arguments on Hawaii Five-0 are improvised. That was an earlier question.
ScottCaan: That's what we improvise the most. Yeah, but most of it's written or the ideas is definitely written we just kind of rift a little bit.
MichaelBuckley: Do you do a couple of takes though you said?
ScottCaan: Yeah. We'll do one how it is. Then, we'll have some fun.
MichaelBuckley: Is Alex your co-star as crazy as his character on Hawaii Five-0?
ScottCaan: No, I mean he doesn't bomb people or shoot people, no.
MichaelBuckley: This is from Cass Ness. What is your favorite place to vacation at?
ScottCaan: I like El Salvador a lot. Do you want to know why?
MichaelBuckley: Do you like My Chemical Romance? Beaver Kill Joy want's to know.
ScottCaan: I don't know? I think so. Play me a tune.
MichaelBuckley: Imk 66 says. Is another book of photography coming out?
ScottCaan: Yeah, I hope so. I want to make another book. The first book had a lot more photos in it and then we kinda of cut it down. So, I want to start with the one's we got rid of and then make a book that's. Yeah, I want to make another book. I just can't take a good picture. Lately.
MichaelBuckley: What kinda camera do you use?
ScottCaan: I have all kinds of different cameras. I have a Nikon, I have Leica's, I have Mamiya's.
This is from Openfilm. Where do you picture yourself in the next 10 years? It's a tough question.
ScottCaan: No, I would like to be here in L.A. Do you mean physically? I can't ask you.
MichaelBuckley: Yeah what are you doing in ten years still acting or producing?
ScottCaan: Yeah, I want to make some money and have a little ranch out in Malibu, somewhere out close by the beach with some horses. My wife with some kids.
MichaelBuckley: This is from Heavenly charm, who is in Ireland. What is the hardest part of being a celebrity? Not being an actor, but being a celebrity is there anything that bugs you more then anything?
ScottCaan: No. I don't mind anything.
MichaelBuckley: You like being a celebrity? You like being recognized when your out to dinner and stuff, or are you like leave me alone?
ScottCaan: No sometimes it's good a little ego boost, if your feeling down and someone like this (wide eyed) and you feel good. And sometimes you don't want people coming up to you.
MichaelBuckley: Do you like to disguise do you wear a hat, like don't look at me at the grocery store?
MichaelBuckley: This is from H 50 Undercover. Question, how are you and the producers handling balancing the filming scheduling with your personal projects? Do, you have any say over that or do you just see the schedule?
ScottCaan: No, I just do what they tell me to do. Maybe that will change if we go a couple of years then I'll have more time or they'll give me more time.
MichaelBuckley: This is from Totally Awesome. Did you audition for your role of Danny on Hawaii Five-0 or did you...
MichaelBuckley: No. Any other times...
ScottCaan: That's why I think I said yes because I was so shocked. I was like, yes!
MichaelBuckley: I'll take it! So they called you and said you have this part and you said that's that. On Entourage did you audition?
MichaelBuckley: No. Well that's nice. Dizzy Lucy Amanda says. I really like your photos, do you see a connection between photography and acting or are they separate pursuits?
ScottCaan: Separate pursuits, but I think there the same game you know. Same world different sport, or whatever. I don't know what that means. What I said I mean.
MichaelBuckley: Sean Doherty198 says. Do enjoy doing comedy like your role in "Deep in the Valley"? P.S. loved the movie. Do you enjoy doing comedy?
MichaelBuckley: But you prefer doing drama?
ScottCaan: No. I like to find comedy in everything. A little bit you know. I think comedy is kinda harder cause your trying to do something. With drama you kinda don't have to try to do anything. I think comedians that end up being actors you have no choice but to kinda force it sometimes. Or try to be funny is kinda a tough thing to do.
MichaelBuckley: Right, right. Scott do you think that anyone with a rough past will be able to make it in the acting industry? Will they get rejected for jobs if in the past they had eating disorders, cutting problems?
ScottCaan: I think there in the right business.
MichaelBuckley: (Laughter) You will not be rejected for having a bad personal life.
MichaelBuckley: Yeah, it might help your performances.
ScottCaan: Yeah. If you don't have issues your in the wrong business.
MichaelBuckley: I know. It's true you have to access these emotions.
Random Alex says so many venues for new directors. Where should they put their focus? Festivals, YouTube, somewhere else? Where should new directors be putting their focus?
ScottCaan: Well first and foremost, good trying to make something good. Obviously Openfilm is why Im here. It so much more accessible and theirs so many more venues for people to show. You're talking about YouTube. I think that you have a much greater chance now to be seen, get heard and have somebody watch your stuff. I think obviously the first thing would be to do something you really care about. Do something that has integrity and that's really good and then there's so many different ways to have your stuff seen now.
MichaelBuckley: A lot of people earlier were asking about budgets and getting funds and do you have any advice about things like that. I mean if your just starting out every ones like how do I get the funds, or how do I find the resources?
ScottCaan: If I'm trying to make a movie that's all I care about, you know. I'll lie, I'll cheat I'll do anything to get the money to make a movie.
MichaelBuckley: How did you get involved with Openfilm? Do you want to talk a little bit about the site or how you got involved with them or what made you want to work with them?
ScottCaan: I don't remember exactly. My father.
MichaelBuckley: (To James Caan) How did you get involved?
ScottCaan: (Interpreting for his father) Basically what he was saying is, he was interested in getting involved with people that wanted to find new young filmmakers to make good movies and people that had the integrity and get back to making the kind of films... he used to do and that I want to try to make. And find new filmmakers and search for those people because they're out there and just having this conversation you know how difficult it is to get your stuff scene. So, basically it's a platform and a way for us to find interesting new young artists who got something good to say and got good movies to make.
MichaelBuckley: And, they have contests and they do fund projects on Openfilm. So differently click around in the frequently asked questions and about to learn more about the site.
F.H. Goalie17 says, what is the biggest difference between being an actor on a TV show and being a director? What is the biggest difference?
ScottCaan: The difference between being and actor...
MichaelBuckley: An actor on a TV show versus being the director on a TV show.
ScottCaan: Oh. I wouldn't know what it would be like to be a director, I mean the director on TV shows kind of have to listen to a lot of... crap you know. They got to listen to people telling them how to... do their job. Which can be really frustrating. And being an actor on a TV, if your show gets successful I think you get the power to kinda say hey, leave me alone and let me do...
MichaelBuckley: And earlier Scott said he would like to perhaps write an episode of Hawaii Five-0, so maybe that in the future.
Ralphiel23 says. Have you ever participated in theater, what do you think about theater actors? Do you have any live stage ambition, or have you done any live acting?
ScottCaan: I've started doing a lot of theater. I wrote and directed a lot of plays and was in a lot of plays.
MichaelBuckley: So, would you ever want to be on Broadway? Is that on your wish list at all?