PopWatch Duel: 'Moonlight"s Alex O'Loughlin vs. Jason Dohring

Moonlight_lYou remember how the PopWatch Duel works: We ask two costars for their picks on a certain topic. You decide whose list is better by casting a vote in the comments section. They try to tell themselves that they don’t care who wins.

In honor of Moonlight‘s return tonight with the first of four new episodes (Fridays, 9 p.m. ET/PT, CBS) we sat down with Alex O’Loughlin (left) and Jason Dohring (right) at New York Comic Con and asked them to each name five things that should live forever in pop culture. (They play vampires on the show. Get it?) Dohring’s worried that O’Loughlin sealed the win with his first choice, but we think we’ve got ourselves a fair fight. Their responses…

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Alex O’Loughlin

1. Velcro. I think we all know why Velcro is as great as it is. It’s just terrific. You can stick an entire dining set to the roof. Very versatile: Shoes, nappies… sex toys. Whatever you need.

2. Monkey (aka Monkey Magic). The greatest thing that ever happened to television. It’s a Japanese show [dubbed in English] about these characters Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy, and Tripitaka, and they fight wars against demons. Monkey was born in an egg on a mountain top, and he rides a cloud, and he has a staff that he keeps behind his ear and grows to full size. It’s the best show ever. I thought I was Monkey when I was a kid. He wears this gold crown, and I’d wear one and stake vampires.    

3. The Adidas shell toe triple stripe classic. Great sneaker. Get a pair. In any color you want. I prefer the black stripe on the white shoe. I’m shootin’ for an endorsement deal. Go Adidas. Did I say "Go Adidas?" Adidas. Adidas. Adidas. Go Adidas.

4. The iPhone. It’s revolutionized the way we live. It’s a great Internet tool in your pocket. It’s a global tool. I take my iPhone everywhere.

5. The mullet. I grew up in a mullet kind of world, a mullet-y school with mullet-y friends. I had several mullets over the years, so I have a longstanding personal relationship with the mullet and I’m ready to mullet anytime. I can mullet right now. RIGHT NOW.

Jason Dohring

1. Designer shoes. Look at these f’in shoes. [Points to his sneakers.] Gucci shoes. I got into designer clothes, dude, and once you get into it, you can’t go back. I started kinda working out, and you wear a designer shirt, and you’re like Dude, this feels like it wants to fit to your body. So, like, I don’t have to work out as much, but it still looks good. It’s great…. Alex is gonna take me shopping me later today, and I’m really excited about that. Apparently, he has a pair of Paul Smith flower shoes that he just bought, and he can actually pull them off ’cause he’s Australian, you know, and they kinda do things that we don’t do here in the States. I’m trying to get some fashion tips.

2. Love and morals. I was just thinking that I’d put a couple things on here that I thought were real. If those go out, our society’s gone, dude. You wouldn’t have families. It sucks to see so many people break up. It doesn’t set a great example for people…. Love, even as friends — how enjoyable is a great conversation with a friend? There’s nothing better, dude. You can buy all the whatever you want, but sitting around with a cigar and chattin’ with my boy, here, is a really good time. We film till really late, so we’ll sit around on the WB lot at 2 in the morning, when nobody’s there, and just look up at the WB sign and go, "What the f— are we doing here?" It’s beautiful.

3. Scratch ‘n Sniff stickers. That was from when I was a kid. The grape ones, man, I was really into those. I think those are dead, so let’s bring ‘em back, boys. And you had all the blond jokes about them, as well. "How do you a kill a blond? You put a Scratch ‘n Sniff sticker at the bottom of a pool." [Silence] That was kinda lame.  

4. The banjo. No, I don’t play, but if you’ve ever seen a guy play the banjo or a fiddle really well, man, it’s cool stuff. You wouldn’t have Deliverance without the banjo. [Hums]

5. Veronica Mars. Unfortunately, it didn’t last forever, but it seems when you walk around a place like Comic Con that it does. Art’s the kinda thing that stays with people. You emotionally invest people and you emotionally invest yourself in something, and then it lasts. That’s pretty amazing, actually, isn’t it?

Okay, who wins the Duel? Alex O’Loughlin or Jason Dohring? Vote now!

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  • katie g

    because veronica mars is forever awesome

  • Abbie

    I started out wanting to vote for Alex O’Loughlin but Jason Dohring won me over in the end.

  • MCM

    Alex wins – but only because his items are all actually pop culture items (although Velcro is marginal). Jason may have valid points about them, but designer shoes, love & morals and banjos are not pop culture. If we don’t stick to that rule, it’s an even match!

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  • Susie D.

    Oh man…..this is tough….
    Alex had me for a moment with the velcro and sex toys…he really caught my attention with the I-phone….but he lost me a little on mullet.
    Jason got me on the love and morals…a bit with the designer thing (Go Coach!)….but the blonde joke was a bit much….the banjo thing won points because I come from a southern family….
    Wow – I don’t think this much on which Presidential candidate to vote for…..Alex or Jason….arrrrrgh….
    Sorry Alex — gotta go with Jason on this one.
    Loser buys the cigars – lol

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  • Catherine

    Jason: Scratch ‘n Sniff stickers are the best!!!

  • mad madam m

    Have to go with Jason on this one. Scratch ‘n Sniff stickers and Veronica Mars can’t be denied!

  • Jo

    Alex without a doubt.

  • pinkpaisley

    Alex wins!!

  • Goob

    He could have said Bai Ling and Ghost Whisperer and I still would pick him, but the fact that he name-checked Veronica Mars, Love, and stickers makes him the winner.
    PS loved the crickets.

  • Roz

    I’ll go with Jason just for the Scratch and Sniff stickers and the ability to hum the Deliverance theme.

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  • Melody

    oh god, I’m tempted to say Alex because he said velcro and sex toys in the same line…lol, but I want to say Jason because of the scratch and sniffs…
    I’m gonna say alex.

  • finajk

    While Alex made a real strong start with Velcro, I gotta go with Jason – banjo FTW! (I also loved the scratch & sniff stickers & the inclusion of things he thought were real)
    I agree – loser has to buy the cigars.

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