Bandar CemeThanks to DarkUFO reader Aaron for the following. If we get hold of the audio we’ll post it here later.
I caught a little radio interview with Sam Anderson (aka Bernard) on Greg and the Morning Buzz (Rock 101.1 NH) this morning. I missed the first minute or two, so hopefully they post it on their website. Here’s some tidbits:
1. He has recently been filming with Elizabeth Mitchell (aka Juliet) and has had some scenes with Josh Holloway (Sawyer). 2. One of his favorite scene was with Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) in fishing boat. 3. They asked him if he knew what was going on. His answer – not really 4. They made fun of him, because they said no one can complain, if they work in Hawaii. Although I dont think he was complaining about working in Hawaii, just the fact that sometimes, he has to take the redeyes back and forth from LA to Hawaii (like when he had a guest stint on Cold Case).
LostΓÇÖs seductive doctor diagnoses her characterΓÇÖs blood lust, blossoming affair with SawyerΓÇöand her singing duel with Ben.
Your storyline is ramping upΓÇöyou had a nosebleed caused by all of the flashbacks and flash-forwards. The island is hopping through time and messing you all up.
Yeah, how cool was that? I was watching it with a girlfriend of mine, and my nose started to bleed [on screen] and she leaned over, hit me and said ΓÇ£No! No, you canΓÇÖt die!ΓÇ¥ I said, ΓÇ£DonΓÇÖt worry, she just said had a nosebleed.ΓÇ¥ She said, ΓÇ£Yeah that means sheΓÇÖs gonna die!ΓÇ¥ [Laughs] What can you say, JulietΓÇÖs sick…
ΓÇ£You know the best thing would be if Juliet forgets all these guys and just ends up with Ben.ΓÇ¥
ItΓÇÖs been implied that the character of Charlotte, who is also suffering from side effects, was born on the island. Could Juliet have been on the island before Richard Alpert recruited her?
I have no idea, thatΓÇÖs an awesome thought I havenΓÇÖt heard before. Juliet was on the island for three years before the plane crash, so it may just be that, or it may be that she was actually from there. We donΓÇÖt actually know anything about her parents.
Will the show delve deeper into her backstory this season?
I think they like to keep her fairly mysterious, that way she can be cool and conniving, and yet warm and patient.
How much scheming and anger is going on under the surface?
Everything [on the island] has gone horribly wrong and the only way to handle it is just to stay calm and figure out what to do next. She is very much subdued but still insanely angry and hurt and broken. I think Juliet has always believed in passionless, blood full violence. [This season] she is at the center of some violence, which is nice. We get to see the stuff thatΓÇÖs underneath her this season, bubbling away, and itΓÇÖs not particularly pretty or easy to watch. For some people that will be a nice payoff, but others might want her to stay cool.
JulietΓÇÖs been able to calm down Sawyer, who rarely listens to anyone.
IΓÇÖve always enjoyed Juliet and Jack, because thatΓÇÖs where we started, but I was watching episode three and thought Juliet and Sawyer actually were listening to each other. I was telling him to calm down and stop yelling, because I knew his approach wasnΓÇÖt going to work. But what came across was that [Juliet] was talking to a ten year old, which made me laugh, because thatΓÇÖs also how I talk to Jack when heΓÇÖs being irrational.
Is there a future for Juliet and Sawyer?
I think since theyΓÇÖre both broken-hearted itΓÇÖs possible it could go somewhere. ThereΓÇÖs an expression, ΓÇ£What doesnΓÇÖt bring people together is joy, but shared pain.ΓÇ¥ ThatΓÇÖs what bonds people together. I definitely believe they will create some sort of partnership and weΓÇÖll see where it goes from there.
Are any upcoming episodes particularly Juliet-centric?
I think episode 8 (LaFleur) is particularly heavy for me, and there will be some twists and turns that make you go, ΓÇ£Oh, good lord!ΓÇ¥
Are you feeling nostalgic with just over 30 episodes to air before the end?
IΓÇÖm trying to treasure it, if that makes any sense. I know that IΓÇÖll never meet a group of people like this again.
Would you follow [creators] Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof to other projects?
I absolutely would follow them in a heartbeat. IΓÇÖve read some scripts that Damon wrote that have absolutely blown me away. His insight and the way he crafts relationshipsΓÇöthe quips, the cleverness they come up withΓÇöis all written in there.
Will Juliet find closure on the island or elsewhere?
I really donΓÇÖt know, sheΓÇÖs never had much luck before. The more they write for her, the more fascinated I am to meet her. TheyΓÇÖve written this woman who is intensely brilliant, kind, and in her own way somewhat charismatic, and at the same time she has this wonderful violent streak. I think sheΓÇÖd be a great wifeΓÇª
You and Terry [OΓÇÖQuinn] could use more screen time togetherΓÇömaybe she and Locke can get together.
I always thought Locke was much deserving of an onscreen life. Terry and I have talked about it. Juliet could possibly get together with [Daniel] Faraday, because heΓÇÖs awfully cute, although he and Charlotte are very much together right now. And I happen to really like Miles a lot tooΓÇöthereΓÇÖs years to go on the show, so you never know. She might have a little fun.
Any plans for you and your fellow Lost-aways to work on future projects together?
I would love to do something on stage with Michael [Emerson], anytime, anywhere.
YouΓÇÖre both so experienced in theaterΓÇöafter Lost is off the air you could take the show to Broadway.
Michael and I could have a singing duel! As long as there are a few duets in there and the lights go out on a wonderful swan song.
You two have unfinished business on the showΓÇöis he going to bust into the love quadrangle?
WouldnΓÇÖt that be wonderful? I said to him, ΓÇ£You know the best thing would be if Juliet forgets all these guys and just ends up with Ben.ΓÇ¥ That would be the creepiest, but best thing. HeΓÇÖs like, [imitates Ben] ΓÇ£Yes, well, theyΓÇÖll never do it.ΓÇ¥ Stranger things have happened.
LostΓÇÖs loveable villain on the US Airways crash, his eerie Ben voice, and why he and John Locke should land on 30 Rock.
Is the fifth season of Lost trending more towards action and adventure on the island?
Yeah, even more than youΓÇÖve seen so far. It is action-packed. Sometimes you read a script and you think ΓÇ£No way, no way can we film this in ten daysΓÇöhow are we going to get this done?ΓÇ¥ They are explosions and special effects, gun play and fights, and [we crash] every kind of vehicle imaginable. There is falling through time, falling through space, [even] falling underground.
I think Ben and John Locke [from Lost] should be roommates in Brooklyn. And then just have wacky adventures.
Any chance the suspended hydrogen bomb will make a return appearance later in the season?
Well, weΓÇÖre going to have to resolve that somehow. Or did they already time travel out of there? [The time travel] is completely unpredictable. That was a great moment when John Locke turned to him and said, ΓÇ£WidmoreΓÇöCharles Widmore?ΓÇ¥ He says, ΓÇ£What of it?ΓÇ¥ And John saysΓÇªΓÇ£Nice to meet you.ΓÇ¥ [Laughs] Fantastic! The idea of it, to be flying around time and space, and yet to be able to keep what you already knowΓÇª
Sun believes her husband Jin is dead, and blames your character. How much of an actual threat does she pose to Ben?
She poses a terrific physical threat in the moment, but in terms of being able to derail the master plan [of returning to the island], I think heΓÇÖs going to find a way to turn [Sun] around. He has to.
While Oceanic Six plan their return to the island, BenΓÇÖs become quite the fashion plate on the mainland.
HeΓÇÖs looking good, right? I mean itΓÇÖs not going to last forever but it has been a pleasure to do those post-island scenes. He gets to look a little sharper, gets his hair done, heΓÇÖs not covered in bruises and blood and jungle dirt. ItΓÇÖs a pleasure, since IΓÇÖm not in the makeup chair as long.
Why would he ever want to go back then?
Yeah, right. Except [segues into his signature Ben Linus tone] he does, he has to.
Do you think Ben is aware or conscious at all of the whole Kate-Sawyer-Jack-Juliet love quadrangle?
Ben is keenly aware of everything that goes on around him that is of a psychological nature. HeΓÇÖs already made mental notes, made computations, and played out a variety of fictitious scenarios based on that information and [is] seeing how it can be used to good effect. So, yes, we will visit that theme at some point.
And every episode, every season, is plotted out by the creators in advance?
They have a master plan. To those people who say, ΓÇ£Well I havenΓÇÖt really enjoyed the show since season one because itΓÇÖs too complicated,ΓÇ¥ I just want to [tell them] ΓÇ£You never were into the show that they wrote, then, because this was where it was always going.ΓÇ¥ We were never going to be romantic Robinson Crusoe; it was this whole other thing.
When the US Airways flight crashed it was surreal seeing the survivors received much in the same way the Oceanic Six were on the show. Was it strange for you to view that a week before your premiere?
Anything that has to do with air travel and air tragedy is of interest to me. In this case, not least of which, it crash landed in the Hudson River right at the end of my street. Had I been home on that day and standing outside my building, I couldΓÇÖve watched it.
After Lost ends its runs in 2010, does working on another television show interest you or will you hightail it back to the theater?
Possibly, theater is what IΓÇÖm most anxious to get back to. I donΓÇÖt want to [be away from theater] too long as I donΓÇÖt want to forget how to do it.
You met your wife, actress Carrie Preston, while performing in Hamlet years ago. SheΓÇÖs now in True Blood on HBOΓÇöhow would you imagine an alternative HBO version of Lost? Would Ben act even more villainous?
I think Ben would be the character that would change the least if the show went to HBO. I think his mode of expression, his way of articulating himself is already sort of fully realized, it doesnΓÇÖt miss a level of profanity that you might get [on HBO]. A bunch of characters would benefitΓÇöSawyer would finally be able to cuss the way he wants to if the show was on HBO, and the sex would be a larger element and more graphically presented.
Does life ever start imitating Lost and vice versa? Are there any moments that were particularly strange or fortuitous, where something in your real life reminded you of the show?
ThereΓÇÖs another excellent question I donΓÇÖt have a ready answer forΓÇª People assume IΓÇÖm more like Ben than I actually am, or theyΓÇÖre especially formal or standoffish with me because they think Ben is going to bite them on the hand.
You have an interest in comedy, yet keep getting pegged as these villainous characters. On what kind of sitcom would you like to guest star?
I think Ben and John Locke [from Lost] should be roommates in Brooklyn. And then just have wacky adventures.
Well, sweeps month is coming up, so they could do a crossover appearance and just drop in on Ugly Betty in New York.
Take that idea that they are freely bouncing around the time-space continuum and have them plop down randomly in the middle of different shows. Some shows [our characters] would fit in neatly, like Battlestar Galactica, and other shows we would be so out of place. Like 30 RockΓÇöhow jarring would that be?
Menang CemeFor those of you who still felt there was hope for Charlotte, in a recent interview Rebecca Mader confirmed she had known about her death since June 08 before they began filming for Season 5.
I know some of you did not really like her character, but I think she was great and to lose her with so many more questions about who, how, what and why makes it worse.
Here is Mader’s interview with LA Times and she like previous cast members said there is a chance for a return in Season 6.
How did the producers break it to you that Charlotte was going to die?
I’ve known since June of ’08, because that’s when we negotiate contracts between seasons. Originally when I started on the show in August 2007, I was only supposed to do eight episodes. I ended up doing 20. I was on the show a lot longer than I thought I was going to be. A lot of it has to do with the writers strike. Less episodes in Season 4 meant back stories were compromised for the new people. I think that’s why my character carried into Season 5.
And how did you take it?
I was disappointed when I found out. When I got to the end of Season 4 and found out Charlotte had been born on the island, that was huge. So when I found out I was leaving, I was disappointed. Like all things, it’s for the best.
How much did they tell you about Charlotte initially?
When I first got the job, I was told nothing about my character. She’s an anthropologist and she’s tough; she’s a female Indiana Jones. That’s what I went into the show knowing. That’s all I knew all of Season 4, until the very end, when I learned I was originally from the island. I was on a break reading my script, and I said, “Bloody hell!”
It seems like the actors spend a lot of time just walking across the island. True?
[Lots of laughter] Traipsing. It’s a lot of traipsing. You have to do it a lot of times. First you walk up the hill, then you go down the hill, then you go back up the hill. By the end of the day, you don’t want to be on the hill anymore.
So many people who “die” on the show keep showing up. What’s your sense of how likely you are to return?
I may end up coming back in Season 6. Some people say, “You’ll be back!” If I’m not, never mind. If they turn around and ask me to come back, I’d be happy to do it. Fans spend so much time obsessing over the clues on this show. How much time do the actors who make the show spend thinking over the creation of those clues?
[Laughter] I have to be careful how I answer this. I think they’re more concerned by what’s for lunch.
Bandar Ceme OnlineI’ve not had a chance to listed to this so no idea if there are any spoilers.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Lost and True Blood fans!
To celebrate, we’re spending a little heart-to-heart time with a couple you might not even know are married in real life: Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus on Lost) and Carrie Preston (redheaded waitress and serial killer bride Arlene on True Blood). They had me over to their brand-new L.A. house for chocolate and cookies and scoop…my three favorite things!
Plus, because it’s the day of love, I’m bringing you scoop on the rest of your favorite TV couples, including Gossip Girl, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Fringe, The Office and Brothers & Sisters.
Also, we need to clear something up! When I called Lost’s Benjamin Linus a “conniving son of a Michael Emerson’s wife in real life” in the most recent Lost Redux, I was not trying to call his lovely wife Carrie Preston any sort of bad name. Carrie actually played Ben’s mother on Lost, see, so that’s what this crazy, hormone-riddled noggin’ was trying to say.
In fact, you should know, Carrie and Michael are just about the sweetest people you could meetΓÇöand he is decidedly nothing like Ben/Henry in real life! Not only did he and Carrie send me a sweet baby gift after the interview (seriously, who does that?), I just spotted him yesterday walking toward his house with a pretty bouquet of flowers.
And you ladies thought Jack and Sawyer were Lost’s greatest catches. Pshaw.
Bandar CemeIt’s virtually impossible to tell whether Lost’s Ben Linus is a good guy or a bad guy. As much as we keep churning out the theories, TVGuide.com turned to Michael Emerson himself for his thoughts on Ben’s upcoming storylines. How much of Ben’s past will we see during the time jumps? Will we ever meet Annie? Have we already?
TVGuide.com: Has Ben’s revenge mission against Charles Widmore been trumped by the getting the Oceanic 6 to return to the island? Michael Emerson: I think Ben has not forgotten what Charles Widmore has done to him, and I think he’s going to try to take care of that business at the same time as he’s taking care of the larger mission.
TVGuide.com: With all this time jumping happening on the island, will we see young Ben again? Emerson: Yes. In fact, now that we are sort of ping-ponging around in the time-space continuum, all those backstories are re-emerging in more important ways. And the characters are, to some extent, going to be recontextualized. I know Ben is. You’re going to learn things about him that either mitigate or intensify some of the judgments you’ve made about him.
TVGuide.com: It’s pretty hard to tell if he’s good or bad on any given day. Emerson: I think they mean you to be right there and not know. You may leave the series at the selesai conclusion still not knowing if he’s good or bad.
TVGuide.com: Did Ben’s little girlfriend Annie die in The Purge? Emerson: We don’t know. That’s still up in the air, but I’m guessing that’s one of the most burning questions of the backstory that I’m sure will be dealt with. We have so much bouncing around in time and space to do this season it will make you dizzy. It’s also going to provide some thrills and chills. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: So you think Annie will pop back into the picture? Emerson: Yeah, I think so. In fact, I may go so far as to say we may already know Annie. Have you considered that? I’m not speaking from knowledge of a script because that’s not a thing that has been written, but stranger things have happened on the show. Everyone is more connected then they ever thought, and it’s often by blood.
TVGuide: Maybe Ben has unknown relatives on the island as well? Emerson: That’s a good one. Or it could be a deal where maybe some people never escaped a time or place. Or maybe some people are no longer in control of the when of their lives. Our writers are smart sci-fi guys and they’re going to push the envelope.
TVGuide.com: How about revisiting that crush Ben had on Juliet? Emerson: I think it must be explained, or its end must be explained ΓÇö the end of those feelings. You might want to put that in the file labeled “Stuff Ben Doesn’t Have Time to Think About But May Be Able to Further Down the Line.” I suppose it’s possible, though, that the writers have made us understand that Juliet made her feelings too clear to Ben and the world, and he’s moved on.
TVGuide.com: How often have your scenes crossed with Fionnula Flanagan’s Eloise Hawking? Emerson: Well you haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve worked with her a lot. One of the tributes to the genius of our writers is they will introduce a character like Eloise Hawking in a one-off kind of deal and we all think, “Oh, that was an interesting side journey that we could have gone on and didn’t.” But the writers haven’t forgotten about it. They’ve brought it back around so it dovetails neatly with what’s going on.
TVGuide.com: Can you give us any idea on when or how we’ll next see Jacob? Emerson: Jacob seems to have fallen away from our consciousness. The show is so much more wrapped up in intermediary leader figures. There seems to be a whole raft of people Ben must answer to, but they’re not as high up as Jacob. Jacob seems to have receded into the mist again ΓÇö sort of mysterious and godlike. He continues to be much talked about, and ultimately is the force behind the island. And the island is changing. We thought of it as a rock in the water, but now it appears to be more of a movable organism now. So to be in charge of such a thing ΓÇö what does that mean? These are questions I ask myself.
TVGuide.com: Do you ever find yourself just reeling after reading a script? Emerson: I have read a couple of scenes in the middle part of the season where I’ve dropped the script while reading it, or I stood up and said, “Oh my God, they can’t do that, can they?” And they can. They can do whatever they want. There are a couple of things that will just make your hair stand on end. People across the country are going to jump up off their sofas and scream, “No! No way!” I just love it. [Laughs]