ALEX O'Loughlin and Scott Caan are the type of guys you want to go have a beer with.
The stars of the new Channel 10 series Hawaii Five-O are cheeky, with a dry sense of humour, and would be a lot of fun to hang out with at the pub.
And it's the pair's similar blokey personalities that make them perfect to play Steve McGarrett and Danno in the reboot of the popular '60s and '70s cop show.
The show is fresh, clever, slick and sexy.
It's a cop show, but unlike anything on TV at the moment.
``It's faster, much more aggressive but, also it's much more than just a procedural show,'' Canberra-born O'Loughlin says.
``The old Hawaii Five-O's Steve McGarrett was a man without a past, he was the man on the job and he got the job done and that was it.
``My Steve McGarrett has a big past.
``His mother died and his father sent him away so he grew up in the military with a hardened sense of displacement that has sort of forged who he is as a man today.
``It gives him this edge and he doesn't care about repercussions.''
But the cast, which includes Battlestar Galactica's Grace Park and Lost's Daniel Dae Kim, admit success comes at a cost. Both O'Loughlin and Caan talk of having their lives consumed by the show.
``I'm so tired, we all are, always, because there's so much to do,'' O'Loughlin says.
``I don't enjoy that, but I can do it. I don't think it's good for me, but it's work.''
Caan, son of The Godfather actor James, adds: ``I don't like the hours and I don't love being away from home for six months at a time but, you know, I love the opportunity.''
Helping make the long days on set, which sometimes reach 15 hours, easier to bear is the fact the cast all get along.
O'Loughlin says of Caan: ``We hit it off from the beginning, thank God, because we spend so much time together - and it's fun.''
While the original show ran for 12 seasons, Caan says he can't imagine doing it for even seven.
``I don't think I could do it unless it became something that I was so passionate about, but I don't think that's in my future,'' he says.
O'Loughlin isn't so fast to rule it out. though.
``Well, I've seen his contract and he's not going anywhere,'' he says, laughing.
``The thought of being on a show for seven years is really scary to me because the most important thing to me is longevity of career and I think it's true that you can get typecast in TV.
``But I think if we get to seven years, by that stage we will both be producers, we will be running the show, making obscene amounts of money, and we'll be happy with the way things are going because we'd both have creative control.''