What I remember of Saturday's Paley Center LostFest:
At the first screening, Lost the First Season 2005, the actors playing, Jack, Hurley, Sawyer, Sayid, Michael, Charlie, and Richard, as well as, producers J.J. Abrahms and Lindleoff (Cuse was off getting married) were on the panel. Matthew Fox, called Foxy by everyone there, was very shy and talked only when asked something. Naveen was pretty quiet, too, but he had on a leather duster, which was too cool for words. [slurp] The gregarious/joking ones were Dominic ("Merry") Monaghan, Josh Holloway, and Jorge Garcia, who was a revelation: He was a standup comic in a previous life and had all of us (the panel, the 2005 audience, and us—2010 audience) in stitches. Can't remember most of his jokes. Sorry.
Fox had actually auditioned for the Oceanic 815 pilot role!!! The producers loved him and said to each other that they couldn't let this guy have 3 pages worth of lines and then have him killed by Smokey. So, they offered him the lead, Jack. Both audiences applauded with approval. Dominic had originally auditioned for Sawyer!! Jorge commented, "luckily he didn't get it 'cause there wouldn't have been so many no-shirt-showing-Josh's-pecs scenes." Both audiences applauded with loud approval.
J.J. said that he had heard about the purgatory theory and thought that it was a really good one but that it's not what the show is about. (Still, I felt vindicated as that's what I thought after several eps.) When asked, J.J. also said that the characters were not all planned out at the beginning, though the plot was (yeah, sure, says I) because the actors made the characters their own, so the writers picked up on that and wrote the characters to that. So, the actors had a lot of input as to how their characters reacted. That's pretty nice to know that they collaborated. And since it took 2 weeks to film the pilot, the actors really meshed and felt comfortable with each other, which made them trust each other implicitly. So, they were a cohesive group from the start. There was such a camaraderie among them that early in the show's run.
At one point, someone's cell phone started ringing, and Jorge said to Josh, who was sitting next to him, "What is your cell phone doing in my pocket?" [huge laughter]
At the second screening, Lost, The Final Season, filmed in February 2010, the only actors were Locke, Ben, and Richard. Lindcuse and the three writers, two of whom could only be described by the Twilight Zone theme, which makes sense because they'd have to be a little loony to come up with this stuff. But besides that, they were pretty funny, so you could see where all of Hurley's, Lapidus's, and Miles' great lines came from.
Carbonell was asked about how it was to act when there were unexpected downpours. He pointed out that Michael Emerson (Ben ) was always prepared performer, probably due to his stage background, and had a mini umbrella that he would pull out and cover himself with thereby preserving his bloody, beat-up face. [roaring laughter, especially from me] Carbonell also pointed out that the rain played havoc with his "Guy Liner" as well. [more roaring laughter] He also relayed a story about being on line . . . that's in line for non New Yorkers . . . at a grocery store where he could feel someone behind him really giving him the once over. The man said, "Man. Those lashes really are thick!!! You don't wear mascara."
Cuse said that many questions were on the list to answer, but may not get answered. It is all about Jack's journey. [In retrospect, now that we've seen the finale, none of the scientific questions were answered. They were more interested in the relationships than the mechanics. Arrggghhh!]
Edward, the weirdest of the writers, talked about when they've worked 16 hours on a script that they think is incredibly good, and then break to go home and get some sleep, they come in the next day and the script is absolute crap. They blame it on the Shit Fairies f*cking up their work overnight.
They really sang the praises of Michael Giacchino, the show's composer, who has written hundreds of pieces of music for Lost over the six years and how much his music added to the episodes.
After that, they showed the World Premiere of the Enhanced Pilot at 4:00, before everyone else saw it on TV at 8:00.
Well, that's all my memory will allow. It ended up being an all day thing, with leaving home at 9:30 in the morning, watching the stuff at Paley from 12:30 to 6:00, and then the drive home. We got in at 8:15 and rewatched the pilot. Now that's dedication.
If you have specific questions to ask me, do so, because it might jar my memory about something that I left out.
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