‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Declares Which Character to Turn to ‘When Stakes Are High’ in New Pics

by Suzanne Halliburton
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So fans of NCIS: Los Angeles, which character would you select if the stakes are high?

The official social media account for the hit show has an answer. How about Sam Hanna? He’s played by Grammy-winning, hip-hop star turned actor LL Cool J.

NCIS: Los Angeles castmate Eric Christian Olsen agreed with the choice. He was quick to reply “IRL too. Airport drops and Sunday brunches.” IRL means “in real life.” Sounds like he’s a terrific Sunday Fun Day friend.

And the CBS TV official account also agreed with the choice of Sam. “Always our guy.”

Last month during the NCIS: Los Angeles season 12 finale, Sam played a low-key kind of role. The show revealed more about his soul and parenting skills than it did his ability to bust criminals. The big case was solving who killed a militarized dolphin.

Meanwhile, Sam was most concerned about seeing his son. Aiden, take his flight test. So Sam and Callen headed to the beach to watch Aiden fly over in a jet. Sam is so very proud. Earlier in the season, Sam’s daughter was kidnapped.

Callen told Sam he’s a great dad. Sam told Callen he, too, would be a terrific father. But the two didn’t want to get too mushy. Mainly, the finale did a send off for Nell and Eric. Plus, Hetty, however briefly, returned to the NCIS: Los Angeles office from whatever wild assignment she’d been on all season. In real life, Linda Hunt, the actress who plays Hetty, stayed in quarantine because she was at higher risk of contracting Covid-19.

So Why Is Sam the NCIS: Los Angeles Agent You Want When Stakes Are High?

On NCIS: Los Angeles, the 53-year-old LL Cool J plays the partner of Callen (Chris O’Donnell). He built a family with his wife, Michelle, but she was kidnapped in season eight. Before Sam could rescue her, Michelle died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

On the show, he’s a former Navy SEAL. He also speaks Arabic. He’s very useful when cases involve the Middle East. And Sam comes from a proud military background. His father was a colonel in the Marines.

Earlier this year, LL Cool J said he would love it if NCIS: Los Angeles would do a crossover with Equalizer. Queen Latifah, who like LL Cool J is a ground-breaking hip-hop artist, stars in the Equalizer, which is the NCIS lead in on Sunday nights.

“I would do it in a heartbeat,” LL Cool J said. “I think that would be real good and because Equalizer’s a lead-in, we can go in and finish the story on NCIS:LA. I think it’d be great.”