On “Hawaii Five-O,” loyalty and love, openly admitted or not, are the forces that bind the elite band of crime-fighters as one “ohana.” Like every strong family, they can always extend hospitality to make room for one more, and on the upcoming February 26 episode,”Ka Pohaku Kihi Pa’a” (The Solid Cornerstone), Ziggy Marley joins the good guys, starring as “Bones,” a friend of the team’s favorite barber, Odell Martin, portrayed by Michael Imperioli, who hasn’t been around too much this season. It was a first-time experience on a set for the heir to Jamaican musical royalty, but as evidenced in his February 23rd sit down on CBS, his nerves soon gave way to feeling loose and finding new friends.
In typical “Hawaii Five-O” fashion, not too much is leaked from the tasty little snippets of scenes, but just as executive producer, Peter Lenkov, loves to do, there’s enough tease to get fans wondering. In one scene, “Bones” is using his lovely accent from his own island nation to lure Kono (Grace Park) to just surrender the “sweet truth.” She lets him know that he butchered his intended quote, but she does say yes to his question. As heavy as things have been for this tough girl on the force, she needs a little fun fling of some kind! Ziggy found an ally in cast pro, Chi McBribe, when it came to that natural accent. In a scene on his telephone, “Bones” is letting his tongue flow with Jamaican Patois phrases, so much so that the director was cautioning him to “chill,” until McBride cautioned, “Leave that in, man. Use subtitles if you have to, but he’s giving you the real thing.” Thus, the natural words remain uncut. Marley explains that his character has done “some wrong things for the right reasons, but it was still wrong to do it” hence, he tries to mend his ways by helping out McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and “5-0” with a right turn.
The song man known for his free spirit onstage with songs like “Dragonfly,” has many talents to celebrate, besides his TV debut in acting. His new album, self-titled, “Ziggy Marley,” is out May 20. New music always means making new introductions to new fans out on tour. Some of the new music will be featured in the Friday episode. It only took one day with a coach to get the first-timer comfortable with his character and how to deliver the script. Gushing that it was “a mind opening experience,” Ziggy settled in like being with “friends and family,” both of which he has been richly blessed with in real life. He felt so at ease, he relaxed on the “dock” of the set with his sons, Gideon and Abraham. On the stage or a lush island set, these boys are seeing many sides of Papa’s artistic life, which can only lead to them finding their own inspirations.