Sunday, January 14, 2007

An Evening With Lost

Last night, Heather and I joined Evan and Erin for "An Evening With Lost" at the TV Academy. Evan had given me the heads up about it before I even got an email from the academy about it, so we were able to RSVP before it sold out. Thanks, Ev!

The details of the panel were a bit sketchy, so it was to our surprise that most of the cast, and big named producers showed up. The panel was: Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben/Henry Gale), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), as well as Executive Producers J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, Bryan Burk, and Jeff Pinker.

The night started with a preview of the episodes coming up, and included (slight spoilers, I think):

  • Sawyer and Kate running on the beach, away from the Others who are chasing them.
  • Juliet on the walkie saying (I think) "Get them and bring them back. Kill them if you have to." (Paraphrasing - my memory is a bit muddy)
  • At one point, Sawyer is held at gunpoint by "Mr. Friendly" (M.C. Gainey) and Kate runs in to help him.
  • Desmond standing on the beach, looking confused, staring off into nowhere, and Hurley is confused. Suddenly, Desmond runs off into the ocean. As everyone chases him, confused, they realize that someone is floating in the water. Charlie looks around, asks, "Where's Claire?" and runs in after Desmond. The two walk in with Claire in their arms, unconscious.
  • Jack is back in his cage, and there's all sorts of people hanging around his cage - they seem familiar to him - almost like ghosts from the past, from what I could tell - and he shouts at one of them.
  • Someone tells Jack that someone died and that someone will die to pay for that death. They live "an eye for an eye."
  • Alex Rousseau is in an office talking with Ben/Henry Gale. She's pissed and he says that her boyfriend is in a cage. She calls him Ben, and he says, "I told you not to call me that." She says something to the effect of, "Okay, DAD!"
  • Bai Ling walks into a bedroom (which appears to be in a foreign land) barely dressed. Jack is in bed (covered with mosquito netting). Bai Ling hops into bed with Jack and they start making out, then end up on the floor.
  • Desmond says, "No matter what, you're gonna die!"
Whoa! It was pretty rocking! Then the panel began. Everyone looked exactly as you'd imagine, but Evangeline Lilly looked totally cleaned up and was so hot, it was ridiculous. A few things from the panel (some of these facts are already known, but some are possible, small, slight spoilers, and I've noted when they're done):

  • In the next few episodes, we'll learn the meaning of Jack's tattoos, which are apparently important. They're also actually Matthew Fox's real tattoos and they decided to write those into his character.
  • We'll also learn how Locke got into his wheelchair in the next few episodes
  • Cheech Marin will guest star as Hurley's Dad.
  • Apparently, the Others once had a way of communicating/getting off the island, but we're going to learn why/how they no longer have a way of getting off the island
  • The DUI/character deaths were all totally coincidental. Michelle Rodriguez only wanted to be on for a season, and apparently, they knew that she'd be killed by Michael very early on. Adewale Akinnouoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko) only wanted to be on for a season as well.
  • Matthew Fox read for Sawyer, but J.J. Abrams said, "No, you're Jack!" and had him read for Jack in a writer's room after handing him script pages right there and then.
  • Yunjin Kim read for Kate, but after finding out about her huge movie career in Korea, they wrote Sun for her.
  • J.J. Abrams saw Jorge Garcia on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and liked him so much that they had him come in a read, despite not having a part for him. They made him read for Sawyer and then wrote Hurley.
  • When they were looking to cast Desmond, they looked at auditions for tons of people in NY and LA. They found Henry Ian Cusick when they expanded the audition to London. The ironic part was that Henry Ian Cusick was house-sitting next door to Executive Producer Carlton Cuse at the time, but it took his audition tape from London to get him noticed.
  • When they cast Michael Emerson as Henry Gale, he was told it was going to be a three-part guest spot. Initially, he was just supposed to be a prisoner of war, but, producers decided that if he was good as Henry Gale, the part would get much bigger. Since he was great in the role, they kept him on and made him the leader of the others. If he had sucked, he would've had a three episode guest spot.
  • They're still talking with ABC about coming up with an official time to end the show, so that way, the fans know that there is an endgame.
  • They know where they're going with everything, but don't tell new writers until they trust them.
  • A lot of characters have father issues (Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Hurley, Mr. Eko, Sun, etc.) and that was planned out. They felt a lot of these characters needed to have extreme issues and that bad fathers were a good way of warping these characters.
  • Someone came to the producers and wanted to create "Lost" bathroom tile
  • The cast is in the dark as much as the audience is and were very curious to hear many of the answers from the producers. They all know that they could be killed at any moment, and were hoping to learn anything they could.
  • When killing off a character, they're doing it for the sake of the character. On the days they shoot a character's death, they all said that it's a sad and somber feeling, and that when someone comes back "from the dead" to shoot a scene, it's very awkward.
  • The polar bear they used in the pilot was actually a prop. Apparently, they couldn't get a polar bear in Hawaii for the pilot, so they ordered a prop polar bear. The bear was used as the Labatt's Polar Bear in commercials. When they got the prop, they were severely disappointed because it was only a piece of a polar bear and it looked awful. They somehow made it work, and now I want to re-watch the pilot to see how they shot around it.
  • They did discount one crazy theory: That the show was seen from the dog's eyes
  • They're all really funny and seemed to get along very well
  • Jimmy Kimmel is clearly a fan of the show and continuously, jokingly, grilled for anything. He was very funny, and at times was going for a joke instead of probing. I didn't mind, but Evan was a bit bummed that he didn't get into some more of the nuts and bolts of the show a little bit more.
Overall, it was a great night. We didn't really expect to learn too much new info, but, they were very entertaining, and, let's face it, it was cool to see most of the cast (good guys and bad) sitting together on a panel. Now I can't wait for the show to return!


Michael said...

Thanks for the Lost info. Can't believe we have to wait till Feb for the show to pick up again.

Terri said...

Would you believe I stumbled across your blog while looking for info on LOST, which I am completely addicted to in a sick, kind of obsessive way? Because yeah, I have nothing better to do at work than surf the internet looking for spoilers and theories about my favorite TV shows.

I have nothing important or exciting to say except, "hi" and "LOST rules!" and thanks for all the inside info!

Brian said...

Terri, great to hear from you! It's pretty funny that you stumbled onto this. Even after the event, we were all standing around, wondering and pondering about our theories based on their reactions to questions. I can't wait for it to come back.