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Daniel Dae Kim Talks Lost

Thanks to Ahmad from CraveOnline for the following.

CraveOnline: How blown was your mind by the flashback within a flashforward?

Daniel Dae Kim: I thought it was, when the flash forwards first started, I was really excited because I thought it kind of injected a new energy into the show, so I guess it was inevitable that they would start combining the flashbacks and the flash forwards. I think it’s great. There aren’t many shows right now where in the fourth year of its run where you’re actually still questioning the narrative style. That speaks a lot for the creativity of the writers.

CraveOnline: Are there any big developments on the finale?

Daniel Dae Kim: Yeah, there are some really big developments. There’s kind of a doozy of a development actually. There’s a lot of stuff happening on the island, he said wryly. There’s some momentous changes to the show coming up in the finale. You’ll start seeing them fairly quickly, so I think that’s about all I can say.

CraveOnline: Anything specifically involving Jin?

Daniel Dae Kim: Well, a few episodes ago it was revealed that he might actually be dead, so if that’s the case, we’ll see how that happens, or whether or not it’s true.

CraveOnline: How does it feel to be working up to something tragic?

Daniel Dae Kim: I don’t know. It’s an interesting phenomenon, to know the end point but the thing is, we don’t necessarily know the endpoint. We don’t know how he dies, we don’t know when he dies, we don’t know if he dies. So there are still so many questions.

CraveOnline: You think he just stayed on the island?

Daniel Dae Kim: It’s possible.

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Source: CraveOnline

Michael Emerson Interview On Hollywood 411

**Updated** New video added.

**Update** Apparently this video is for US viewers only, so below is a summary.

Nice little interview of what Ben is up to:

Summary:

1) Cast is more enthused since the pilot
2) The Orchid hatch is a station with in a station on top of a station.
3) Answers “You know who I was signaling” when asked if he was signaling Jacob with a Mirror
4) Giving himself up is part of Ben’s “plan”, dangerous, but has an idea on how to pull it off
5) Avoids answering question about how to move the island
6) Funny moment about 15 year old crackers and say Locke, Ben and Hurley have become a comedy trio.
7) Alex’s death threw Ben off his game and he still has not recovered
8) Ben was so mad he called the smoke monster – Emerson says “wouldn’t you!?”
9) There is a “high-stakes” game between Ben and Widmore, but not sure nature Menang Ceme of game or what the stakes are. Previously there was never been a move Ben did not know what it would lead to, but it has been all “upset”

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Michael Emerson – Violence, Casualties And Retribution

Thanks to Howey for the following snippet from an interview posted today. You can read the full interview at the link at the bottom.

Q. And she wound up playing your character’s mother in your flashback episode.
That was kooky. It’s great to have your spouse on the set with you, although we didn’t have any scenes together, and now she’s a bona fide member of the “Lost” family. And I’m thinking maybe that’s not the last time we see her. Something has to be revisited there in Ben’s childhood.

Q. What lengths do producers go to to prevent spoilers on a show like “Lost”?
Sometimes they go to crazy lengths. The script in the finale had blank pages. There was a secret scene. There usually is at the end of the season. But they went a step better this year. When they filmed the secret scene, they filmed three different versions of a moment in it so that even the people that were on the set will not know how the season ends.

Q. I read a rumor that you were actually in the secret scene this season.
I might be.

Q. Finally, can you give us any ideas on what we might expect in next Thursday’s finale?
Well, violence. Casualties. Retribution for past crimes. It’s so violent and so full of machinery. That’s all I better say.

Source: Full Article @ News Journal

Q&A: Evangeline Lilly Of ‘Lost’

Thanks to Sarah for the following which as a little bit about the finale in, although not much.

On the eve of the season finale, the actress who plays Kate, dishes on island fever, how Losties are different than Trekkies, and on her newfound love of Bjork

MSN TV: Does spending so much time in Hawaii ruin it as a lovely place to be?

Evangeline Lilly: It’s true, but you still recognize how lovely a place it is, and in some ways you realize more than a visitor would how lovely it is. But, like anywhere in the world, every place has its downfalls and frustrations. At the same time as being an incredible place to live, it can be a place that makes you want to slit your throat sometimes. It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny island where there’s really nowhere to go. There’s no nightlife. It’s a very slow, relaxed culture, which is ideal when you’re on vacation because it forces you to relax and to stop and smell the roses. But when you’re working hard and you’re very, very busy, that can start to get frustrating.

What is it that you find makes you most crazy when island fever kicks in?

When you’re a busy person who’s trying to efficiently run your life but everything around you is run inefficiently, that starts to eventually wear you down.

“Lost” fans are incredibly passionate about the show, and William Shatner famously hated “Star Trek” fans for being so devoted to the minutiae of that show. Do you ever get tired of talking about “Lost” ad nauseam?

I don’t, really. I can honestly say that I’m kind of sheltered from a lot of that because I’m a bit of a recluse. But when I do encounter it I don’t find it as frustrating as most people. And I also think that there’s an awareness amongst fans nowadays that maybe wasn’t there in the 1970s, because we’ve gone through some fanatical times with Trekkies. But the Losties are aware of the fact that they don’t want to repulse the people on the show they are so much enjoying. People are careful about being more respectful of their space and sanity.

Might we be seeing you at any upcoming “Lost” fan conventions, perhaps?

They absolutely exist! Losties is the term for the fans, and they have conventions and Web communities and all sorts of stuff out there. It’s actually a rabbit hole that I’m slightly terrified to go down.

Matthew Fox has kept a high profile during the show’s hiatuses by making films. Is that something you’ve considered as well?

I’ve definitely considered it because it’s there and it’s the obvious option, but I’m very focused on “Lost” and give it all of my attention. I read scripts and I’m always looking for one that might blow me away so much that I’d want to spend my spare time — which I have very little of — working. But they don’t come along very often. I did a film last summer because I found a script that was so beautiful, and I really believed in the story and the message behind it. It does happen, but it’s very rare.

Since you’re done shooting now, have you figured out what you’re going to do until you start up again?

I’m doing some press for about another week, and then when that’s over I’m going to relax and then I’m going to take a vacation.

Where are you going to go? Do you know yet?

I’m going to probably be in Europe and then maybe Latin America after that.

Is it accurate to say that you’re a reluctant sex symbol?

I think it’s very accurate. I think reluctant may not be strong enough of a word. I fight it really hard. I feel like this culture that we live in where women aspire to a certain aesthetic standard — that I happen to think is boring because its one tone, one idea of beauty — I don’t like to feed into that. So I fight it really hard.

I imagine that’s hard when there are paparazzi hiding in the bushes and you feel like you have to put makeup on to leave the house. Do you find that to be a nuisance?

I find the paparazzi to be a massive nuisance because I appreciate my privacy. But I never wear makeup when I leave the house for them. If they take a picture of me when I look like hell, good!

Are people ever terrified when they sit down next to you on a plane?

Well they mock looking terrified that something will happen, but mostly what they’re doing is just trying to find a way to make conversation.

What’s on your mp3 player?

Oh, lots and lots of good stuff. Recently I’ve been getting into Bjork. I love Eisley. I love Radiohead. I’m a big fan of Damien Rice, the Postal Service. I stay true to my Canadian roots — Sarah McLachlan is one of my favorite artists of all time. Oldies, classical, R&B. I kind of just run the gamut. If I had to say I lean in one genre more than another it’d be singer/songwriter stuff.

“Lost” has a lot to live up to in its finales. Last season’s was one of the best episodes of the series, and I know it’s important to the writers and producers to make the show’s finales memorable. Do you think this year’s stacks up to the finales of seasons past?

I think it blows them away. I think the Season 3 finale was really good, but I think this season, our finale is the most hard-hitting finale we’ve ever done. It completely revolutionizes the face of our show. I have no idea what my show is going to look like next year based on the finale. And that’s really exciting as an actress. It keeps you interested.

Source: MSN TV

Hanso And Paik Connected?

In a recent article Yunjin Kim responded to a question with the following answer. Is this the first time that we’ve had confirmation that Paik and Hanso were connected?

1) What do you find the most challenging aspect of performing the flash-forward scenes?
The most challenging aspect is not knowing the whole storyline. I’m left to fill in a lot of blanks. For example, what happened to Sun when she finally returned to Korea? We know she delivered her baby, Ji Yeon, but how did she find out her father, Mr. Paik, is seemingly connected to the Hanso Foundation?

And there so many more … I’m left guessing a lot of these things on my own and hope for the best.

2) Can you offer some teasers/hints about the Oceanic 6’s great escape?
Without giving too much away … I have to say the Oceanic 6’s great escape feels like it was inevitable. A lot of events occurred, some heroic sacrifices, fortunate accidents, fate, but most importantly, love saved them.

3) If you could ask the writers for one thing in Season 5 for your character, what would it be?
For Sun to turn into an assassin and join Sayid for revenge. 😉

Source: LA Times

Josh Holloway Interview

Thanks to Stefan for the following.

HOLLYWOOD — Four seasons of helping his friends survive Lost’s mysterious island has softened old James “Sawyer” Ford, a former con artist who was recently seen cradling Claire’s baby boy.

As the show closes in on Thursday’s two-hour season finale (ABC, 9 p.m. ET/PT), emotions run high as Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and company endure a series of game-changing events.

“It’s kind of violent,” says Holloway, 38. “There’s definitely a body count going on. And there’s a moment where a big decision has to go down.”

Flash-forwards have indicated that Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and baby Aaron (the so-called Oceanic Six) escape the island. The fates of all the others are unknown. Why would Sawyer choose such uncertainty?

“He realizes some sacrifices need to be made,” the actor teases on a hike through the dusty trails of L.A.’s Runyon Canyon while dragging on a cigarette. “And I think he’s afraid to go back to society. He has gone through an evolution on that island. He has had to face all these demons and he has grown — enough to know he’s not OK with himself anymore. Instead of destroying lives, he has saved some lives. He cares about people … and has fallen in love.”

Those deep feelings for Kate (Evangeline Lilly) come into play as he is presented with the possibility of losing her forever. “That is a very important part of the finale that I can’t talk about,” he says.

Like his character, Holloway has experienced his own evolution. Being away from L.A. these past four years has allowed him the opportunity to clear his head of insecurities that, he concedes, “were really eating at my soul.” Those insecurities were replaced with feelings of entitlement once he hit it big. But now he has settled into a comfortable mid-way point of peace, self respect and confidence — life lessons he now hopes to pass onto a child.

When Holloway married Yessica Kumala in Hawaii in October 2004 (just as the series was gaining heat), both agreed that their desire to be free to explore the world did not allow for children. Now, having spent a good amount of time traveling, Holloway says, “we have changed our minds … only recently. Basically, nature happened. If you’re in a loving relationship with someone, (having) children becomes a part of it. I don’t know exactly when or how, but we’re very open to either having our own children or adopting.”

From the top of the canyon, hikers are awarded a breathtaking view of both the Hollywood sign and the city itself. Along a trail, the actor is recognized by two student filmmakers who ask if he wouldn’t mind making a cameo in a short film they are shooting. He can’t say yes, of course, and politely explains his agents’ role. “I dig you, man,” he tells one of them.

Holloway can’t help but be reminded of his own years struggling to make it as an actor in L.A. before Lost catapulted him to stardom. When the show ends in 2010, he says, “we’ll probably get us a little place here because the biz is here, and I want to stay in it.” But he will also spend time at his home in the Colorado Rockies and the Hawaiian beach house he intends to maintain as a rental.

He’s already experiencing “a new hunger to really express what’s inside of me as an artist.”

For Holloway, that means taking chances.

He began his career modeling for high-end fashion houses, “hanging out” with the likes of Gianni Versace and Giorgio Armani. But after landing Lost, he turned his back on that world “to be respected as an actor.”

Four years later, he is allowing himself to be photographed as the face of Cool Water cologne, replacing pro surfer Laird Hamilton. Promotional images depicting Holloway cliff-diving in China have appeared in Europe over the past two years, but only now is he making a splash in American markets.

Preparing for a future, he is finally taking seriously the production company he formed primarily for tax reasons. “I have all these ideas for shows — from reality, to writing, to directing,” he says, clearly excited. He recently wrote two comedy skits he’d love to perform as a guest host on Saturday Night Live.

Beyond that, he and Yessica are discussing opening a day spa. Perhaps offering a hands-on deep tissue massage from Sawyer himself?

“Of course,” Holloway declares with great bravado, followed by a wicked chuckle. “In my Spee-do!”

Source: USA Today

Lost’s Michael Emerson Teases A Dark, Violent Finale

Thanks to Lauren for the heads up on this new article from TV Guide.

Say what you will about wily Ben Linus, but Michael Emerson is one of Lost’s most interesting cast member interviews. Maybe it’s the way he searches for just the right words — always cryptic, yet sometimes telling. On the eve of the conclusion of the ABC serial’s season finale, I decided to kick off a two-parter of my own. Here, Emerson talks of Ben’s fractured bond with the island, names the other (Other?) character that makes his “mouth water,” and chimes in on a tale of two Emilys.

TVGuide.com: Give me three words to describe the season finale.
Michael Emerson: [Thinks] Dark. Violent. Casualties.

TVGuide.com: About a year ago, you and I spoke about how Ben was loath to ever leave the island. And yet we’ve now seen that it is something that does happen. What do you think changed there?
Ben’s attachment to the island was… provisional. He’s always been able to leave it. But now there’s some question of him maybe having to abandon it – and that’s as a result of developments in this last season.

TVGuide.com: So it’s always been there as an option, but it’s only recently that he has chosen to avail himself of it.
I think so, yes. Things have gone so… wrong. Events have forced his hand in a number of ways. And John Locke appears to have been “anointed” somehow.

TVGuide.com: Ben appears to be making some sort of peace with that shift.
Yes. His gut reaction is that of a teenage boy, which is to be vengeful and full of rage and bitterness. But eventually, he will always play the board as it is in front of him. He will accept the terms.

TVGuide.com: “Whatever makes Jacob happy.”
Exactly.

TVGuide.com: When you first were pitched this role, did they give you any hint as to the scope of Ben’s involvement in the mythology?
No. I doubt if they even knew it at that time! As far as I knew, it was to be three episodes. I think it was an experiment, one that worked out happily.

TVGuide.com: They’ve told me that the same thing happened with Nestor Carbonell. They didn’t have any “grand plan” for Richard Alpert, but once he became available, they said, “We could do something here.”
Yeah… And he’s a great character. It makes my mouth water to think what they could do with Richard Alpert.

TVGuide.com: The guy is just flitting around time no worse for the wear, no nose bleeds….
Right, and he’s just one of the eeriest characters.

TVGuide.com: You received an Emmy nod last year for Lost. Does an actor ever settle into a part and think, “You know what? This could be an award-winning role, if I do the right things with it”?
I tend to just show up and do the work. I don’t think too much about those more popular issues — partly because I’m a creature of the theater and am therefore more superstitious. Some things are not to be said or thought, if you can avoid it. It begs for the gods to punish you for your hubris. It is flattering when it comes, though. Last year, I thought, “Oh my god, I am having more impact that I thought.”

TVGuide.com: And with a dark role that doesn’t always connect with Emmy panels.
And we work in such isolation, too. That’s a contributing factor. We’re out there in Hawaii, there are no paparazzi, there are no fancy parties…. We get up before the sun, drive to some remote location, and punish ourselves all day long. You don’t get a strong grasp as to how it’s received on the rest of the globe.

TVGuide.com: Are we to make anything of the fact that both Ben’s mother and Locke’s mother were named Emily?
Well, that very idea occurred to me last week — and I’m usually the slowest on the uptake with those kinds of clues. I thought, “Hmm, let’s hold onto that.” They don’t make those kinds of accidents. The guys who write Lost are very careful about names. [Laughs]

Source: TV Guide

Kevin Durand Confirms Keamy’s Demise

Thanks to Josh for the heads up.

USA Today did an interview with Kevin Durand who plays Keamy. It contains a few spoilers… nothing major, although he pretty much confirmed that he won’t be returning next season. (“Lost was really fun. If I can have that experience in any genre, I’d take it.“)

Also in the interview.

Asked to concoct a flashback plot for the stone-cold killer, Durand chooses his words carefully. “Keamy has a very big personal stake in this mission, and it’s beyond anything monetary. He’s just trying to get it done as soon as possible. It has to do with his family, so that’s why he’s working at the pace he is.

Source: Full Article @ USA Today

Damon And Carlton On The Kisses

Damon Lindelof: Everything’s gonna come together in this selesai two hours. We’re gonna see how the Oceanic Six get off the Island. We’re gonna see why they start lying. We’re gonna see who doesn’t get off the Island and see why some of them choose to stay.
Carlton Cuse: And we’re gonna see a big kiss—a really big juicy kiss—between two characters.
D.L.: A spectacular kiss.
C.C.: And it’s gonna be very good for people who are very involved with the Jack-Kate-Sawyer romantic triangle. You’re going to see a lot more about that in this finale.
D.L.: So you’re saying that kiss is gonna happen between two of those characters. Jack and Sawyer perhaps?
C.C.: I’m gonna say not Jack and Sawyer. I’m gonna say you can probably pick two other sides of the triangle.
D.L.: I’m gonna go one better than “there’s one spectacular kiss”: There are two spectacular kisses in the show…between four different people—not kissing each other. They happen at different times in the show.
C.C.: And they aren’t the same characters kissing each other twice, so that will be good.
D.L.: Separate kisses.

Source: E!Online

Michael Emerson – Part 2 : More Burning Questions

Thanks to David from ToDo Series and Jenny for the heads up.

Lost’s Season 4 finale is being presented in two parts, and thus is my season-ending Q&A with Michael Emerson, who plays Ben. Among the topics this time around: Who exactly is the “her” referred to in the episode “The Other Woman”? And who has Ben never shared a scene with, though that seems destined to change? Read on, and then kick back and enjoy the two-hour conclusion to “There’s No Place Like Home,” starting Thursday at 9 pm/ET.

TVGuide.com: When the Others’ shrink said to Juliet, “Of course Ben has a crush on you. You look just like her,” who is “her”? Ben’s mother, or the little girl he befriended on the island…?
Michael Emerson: It could be either… or a third choice. That’s a really tantalizing question. I still think we’re going to revisit that little girlfriend of his that made him the carved image.

TVGuide.com: The moment where Alex was killed, coming on the heels of Rousseau’s death. Was it hard to lose your ‘family” there? Or did you suspect it would put this new fire in Ben’s belly?
That is the way it’s to function in the show – Ben now has the great motivation. He was cheated, and the game was upset. Now we see him prone to a feeling of grief and vengeance that is perfectly human. That will fuel his mission for the rest of the Bandar Ceme Online series.

TVGuide.com: When do you like playing Ben the most?
There are a couple of ways I like playing Ben. I like it when he’s in a jolly mood. Like when he had his little dinner party for Juliet. He’s bustling around the kitchen, fixing food…. There’s something surreal to see him do that. That’s a fun antic Ben. Ben’s stock-and-trade is those tense scenes in confined spaces, where a lot hangs on a high-pressure conversation.

TVGuide.com: At the end of the day, what do you think will be harder to explain: Who or what is Jacob, or who or what is the Smoke Monster?
The explanation of who or what is Jacob is going to be richer and more satisfying than who or what is the Smoke Monster. I have my own ideas about what the Smoke Monster is, and it’s purely scientific. The explanation of Jacob, I think, may be more.

TVGuide.com: When that series finale airs, do you think it will be indisputable that Ben is “the good guy” here?
I would be surprised if we walked away from Ben feeling anything but… ambiguous. I don’t think they’d let that go.

TVGuide.com: Because in the future he seems to be doing the right thing.
Certainly his mission is going to be recontextualized — maybe many times — before the end of [the series]. Short of some amazing transformation – his becoming a monk or an alien or something like that – Ben seems a man fated to go on with this battle. And I wonder if the battle ever ends….

TVGuide.com: You seem to give your character a lot of thought.
I think about him because I sometimes have to explain things to myself in my own head. I don’t really have interaction with writers, so I just try to impose meanings and contexts on it, partly for my own amusement but partly so I know what to play. It helps me make an unpredictable choice in a scene if I have a new idea about what’s going on.

TVGuide.com: Do you feel as if you stumbled upon something special here at Lost?
Oh, yes. It’s a wonderful role. The ambiguity of it lets me paint it the way I please, episode after episode.

TVGuide.com: Is there anybody you wish you had more scenes with?
There are characters that I’ve never had scenes with, it’s so crazy. I’ve never had a scene with Sun or Jin; Michael only briefly; Desmond…. Now that could be interesting. What could bring Desmond and Ben Linus together? Something in the future, I am thinking. Since Ben seems to have Penny in his sites now, that’s going to bring him into a collision with Desmond at some point, I assume.

TVGuide.com: What are you doing with your hiatus?
We have three months off. I don’t really have any work to do. My wife (actress Carrie Preston) is working on a series in L.A. that films until the middle of July.

TVGuide.com: She’s working on True Blood (based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire novels), right?
Yes, and that could be really interesting. It’s so tantalizing, this idea of [Six Feet Under creator] Alan Ball tackling vampire material.

TVGuide.com: And he has a colorful cast there, not the usual suspects.
Right, fresh faces – and from what my wife tells me, some astonishing performances are being given. It’s very exciting.

Source: TV Guide