HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A special guest star showed up to the set of Hawaii Five-0. You may know him as "Puff-Daddy" or "Diddy" or "Diddy Dirty Money", but when he's acting, he goes by his real name, Sean Combs. He's the latest in a string of marquee names who've made an appearance on the hit drama, and we had the chance to go one-on-one with the media mogul. He says he grew up watching Five-0 as a little boy in New York.
We caught up with Combs after his target shooting lesson at Magnum Firearms indoor gun range in Honolulu. He was practicing for his part as Reggie Cole, an undercover New York cop who's working with McGarrett and company.
Combs says, when producers asked him to guest star, he jumped at the chance. "When #1 calls you and you're trying to be #1, it seems like the perfect combination. But besides that, the show is so well-written, so well-shot. It's a quality show, and it gave me a chance to do some action. And who's going to turn down a trip to Hawaii?"
Good point. Plus, Combs has been a fan of the islands … and the show … since he was young. "When I was growing up as a kid, watching Hawaii Five-0, always remembering being in the kitchen and hearing, "dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah", and then, you know, you run into the living room and your show is on, and it just gave you those memories. It was always a cool show."
The 41 year old actor, singer, rapper, producer, designer (the list goes on) is more humble and down-to-earth than you might think, especially for someone worth a reported 475 MILLION dollars. He spent four solid days shooting his scenes, so he didn't have time to relax and play tourist. He hopes to return to Hawaii for vacation, but after this, he's on the road for his "Coming Home" concert tour. It seems the mogul is all business, and true to form, colleagues say he came to the set prepared.
"He's got an energy that's ready to work and he's taking it very seriously, which we all appreciate," says Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly.
Alex O'Loughlin, also known as Steve McGarrett, added, "You don't get to where he's gotten to in life, it's not an accident. He's really talented and he's really professional. It's a pleasure to have him on the show. I hope he comes back."
Ah, yes, the recurring role! But would he come back?
"We'll see how that turns out," says Combs. "But you know, maybe there's a chance that the guys may want to come visit me in New York. You never know." I said, "Hey, that's a good idea! You could write some of this stuff yourself!" "Yeah," he replied with a smile, "I always have these lightbulbs that come off - especially when I'm starring in it, you know?"
Tune in to see what next season brings!