‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: LL Cool J’s Explanation of Why None of the Main Cast is ‘Untouchable’

by Suzanne Halliburton

You know LL Cool J as Sam Hanna from NCIS: Los Angeles. He wants his fans to know that none of the characters on the show are “untouchable.”

Untouchable as in can’t get in trouble or be arrested. When you’re working undercover on NCIS: Los Angeles, sometimes you might cut a corner or four to get the bad guys. Plus, put the emphasis on this — bad stuff still can happen.

“We’re far from untouchable,” the NCIS: Los Angeles star said in 2017 of the show’s major cast members. This interview was during season eight.

“We’re getting touched regularly. It’s crazy. It’s a lot of fun, but we’re just excited because the show … has really started to do well again. We’re the number one show on Sunday nights.”

It’s interesting that LL Cool J was talking about season eight this way. It was an emotional one for Sam Hanna, at least at the end of the season. If you’re a fan of the show, you know what happened. Sam’s wife, Michelle, was kidnapped by Michael Sherov, who was trying to get Tahir Khaled, Sam’s enemy, out of prison. Tahir was Al-Qaeda. And Sam even used his sister against Tahir. Sherov figured Michelle, who was a CIA agent, would be a good bargaining chip, knowing that Sam would do anything to free the mother of his children.

But it didn’t work out that way. Sherov placed Michelle in a sealed freezer. Sam and the rest of NCIS: Los Angeles frantically looked for her. When they finally figured out where she was, Michelle already had suffocated. All this action happened in the two-part season eight finale. Then Sam goes rogue to avenge his wife’s death.

So definitely, Sam’s not untouchable.

Flash Forward to Season 13, LL Cool J Took Time off from NCIS: Los Angeles for a Hip Hop Concert

Meanwhile, let’s flash forward it to the present day. Production is underway for NCIS: Los Angeles season 13. It premieres, Sunday, Oct. 10. CBS decided to keep it on Sunday night’s opposite the NFL prime-time game. The network moved NCIS from Tuesday to Monday nights.

LL Cool J was able to take a break from the show and return to his hometown and his first love. This was last weekend, when he flew to New York to perform in the We Love NYC: The Homecoming outdoor concert in Central Park.

LL Cool J grew up in Queens, back when he was known as James Todd Smith. He got in the music business as a teenager. That’s when he changed his name to LL Cool J — Ladies Love Cool James.

He helped arrange the hip-hop portion of a mass concert that featured all musical genres. LL Cool J sang his signature Mama Said Knock You Out. He then performed It’s Tricky with Rev Run of Run-DMC. He also asked Grand Master Flash, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Rev Run, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, Melle Mel, Scorpio and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie to perform.

In season 12, LL Cool J helped land Offset, the rapper who is part of the hip hop group Migos, to make an appearance on NCIS: Los Angeles. Offset played an undercover CIA agent stationed in Egypt. Maybe we’ll see more of LL Cool J’s music friends in season 13.