Facts From a TV Junkie: 'Lost'

Hello all! Chances are if you're reading this it means you, much like myself, are addicted to TV. You just can't ever get enough of that small screen action! Well, I'm here to tell you that I feel your pain and would like to help you in your noble quest for TV knowledge, which is why I've taken it upon myself to create this fun, weekly feature. Every week, I will dig up new and interesting facts about a show and share them with you right here. So sit back, relax, and let the trivia madness commence!

This week, let’s flashback (or forward or sideways) to the mysterious island-centric show we know as ‘Lost.’ From a deadly smoke monster to completely random polar bear sightings, this show never failed to captivate its audience and leave them with more than a few questions. (How about that ending, eh?) And while it’s impossible to expect to understand everything about this iconic series, there are a few interesting details I was able to uncover. We have to go back!

Did You Know:

1. The two-part pilot episode was the most expensive in ABC's history.

It reportedly cost somewhere between $10 million and $14 million. To help put this into better perspective, the average pilot is usually in the region of only $4 million. Seems pretty steep, right? Even by Charles Widmore standards.

2. Sawyer was supposed to be older and not Southern.

It’s hard to imagine, but the character was originally meant to be an older, slick, suit-wearing city con artist from Buffalo, NY. However, when Josh Holloway forgot a line during his audition, he kicked a chair in frustration and swore loudly. The writers liked the edge he brought to the character so much in that moment, they decided to write Sawyer as more of a Southern, darker drifter instead.

3. The infamous numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 all add together to equal 108.

No, this is not part of some strange math lesson (I have no business conducting any such thing). It’s significant because 108 also happens to be the amount of time alotted before having to re-enter those precise numbers into the computer inside the hatch. It’s also the exact number of days that the castaways spent on the island before the Oceanic Six were rescued. Of course, many dedicated ‘Lost’ fans have already figured all this out, but it’s still definitely worth mentioning.

4. Yunjin Kim, who played Sun Kwon, initially read for the character of Kate.

But even when the producers decided she wasn't what they were looking for in that particular role, they opted to create a brand new character for her, along with a spouse.

5. Heroin was basically Charlie’s precious.

Ever notice that look Charlie would get in his eyes while holding that tiny bag of heroin? Actor Dominic Monaghan claims to have patterned this performance after that of his former co-star, Andy Serkis, in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ — holding the drug much like Gollum would hold a certain all-powerful ring. Speaking of heroin (as one does), those little bags were actually filled with brown sugar.

6. Originally, Ben Linus was only supposed to appear for a few episodes in Season 2.

However, the producers were so impressed with Michael Emerson’s performance that they promoted him to a series regular and rewrote the part of Henry Gale/Ben to feature the actor more prominently. It kinda makes you wonder where the storyline would've gone if The Others' ringleader hadn't stuck around.

7. Dominic Monaghan originally auditioned for the role of Sawyer.

Obviously, he didn’t end up getting the part, but the actor made such a great impression during the audition that the part of Charlie became altered to accommodate him. (The character was originally going to be a 45-year-old washed-up rock star.)

8. The only member of the principal cast who didn't have to audition for a role was Terry O’Quinn.

Having already worked with O’Quinn during the second season of ‘Alias,’ J.J. Abrams knew the actor would be perfect for the part of John Locke and decided to just offer it to him flat-out. So, in a way, the island creator really did choose him.

9. Michael Keaton was originally cast as Jack Shephard.

Umm...WHAT?!?! Okay, so here's what happened: In the first draft of the script, Jack was supposed to be killed by the monster after they arrived at the cockpit. However, ABC told the producers that it would be unwise to kill off the hero so soon in the series, so the script was re-written. After the change, Keaton backed out of the role since he didn’t want to commit to a regular series.

10. Forest Whitaker was originally cast in the role of Sawyer.

However, he decided to opt out of the deal in order to direct ‘First Daughter,’ which oddly enough starred Michael Keaton as the President of the United States. Additionally, both Matthew Fox and Jorge Garcia also auditioned for the character of Sawyer, since the other characters hadn’t been developed yet.

11. The symbol on Boone's shirt is the Chinese symbol for the number 84.

I know, I know — again with the numbers. But stick with me here. When reversed, the number becomes 48, which is the exact number of survivors from the plane crash. Again, you may have already figured this out years back, but it just serves as further proof that nothing on this show was ever insignificant or arbitrary.

12. Jon Hamm auditioned for the role of Jack Shephard.

Can you imagine? Don Draper, out of a suit and stranded on a magical island. Sounds like someone has been reading my dream journal again. You just know he would’ve been able to negotiate his way out of there in a matter of minutes. This guy knows how to make any sort of pitch sound good…whether it be to a room full of advertising executives or a gang of mysterious island inhabitants known as The Others.

I hope you enjoyed this week's installment of Facts From a TV Junkie. Check back next week for another fix!

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Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Feb 10th, 2014, 9:33 am

Images courtesy of ABC, Bauer Griffin, Clemens Bilan/Getty Images, Axelle/Bauer-Griffin


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Since: 13/Oct/07
Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2014, 9:55 am

I have to agree with sniperelite. Brilliant run and intelligent ending. I think a lot of people are "let down" not becuase of the WAY that it ended but that it did end. I was so sorry to see it go, but I liked the ending, and haven't been silent about it either. It was provocative and reflective, which I still think about to this day.Any TV series that can keep me going and thinking about years later, in my opinion, is amazing.MASH was the only other tv show that had me thinking many years after. 


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Message Posted On Feb 16th, 2014, 11:59 pm
Sigh.. The characters were alive through the ENTIRE series. The end was showing them all meeting in the afterlife. THEY WERE ALL ALIVE.

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Message Posted On Feb 16th, 2014, 1:39 am

I'll always remember Lost as the show with the worst ending I have seen in any series. Purgatory basically nullified anything that had happened. On the bright side it made me care less that no answers were really given to the many questions I had.


Message Posted On Feb 11th, 2014, 3:09 am
I watched all 6 seasons and thought the ending was a big letdown. It didn't answer anything for me. The whole good vs evil, light vs dark thing, pah.

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Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2014, 4:06 pm

What they were in was purgatory, and it was because of Dennis, I don't remember the exact details cause it was a few years ago, but it was totaly believable, if you bought the time travel, then you can buy this. The quality of the episodes, the scenes, the dailougue weren't as good as earlier, but it made complete sense, and I'm not in a "silent" minority, I'm without a doubt in the minority but I have never been silent about it. I had really in depth conversations with people about this right after the finale and I wish I could remember everything but right now I sadly can't. If sometihng hits me I'll come back and comment on this, if I can find those conversations since they may have been on fb, I'll re-read them. But what I will say is the Jack thiing was PERFECT, it was the exact same scene from the pilot, except he wasn't laying down on the ground after the plane crashed, he was laying down knowing that he sacrificed his life to save a few of the people he loved, when the plane was leaving the island, I forget who was on the plane now. But it makes perfect sense that they all died at different times, some on the island, and some after the rescue, it would have been incredibly dumb had they all died at once, it would have been cheap and lame. And the purgatory was far far in to the future, so you can look at it like this, Locke died earlier, Jack died sacrificing himself for the good of the island and the people, I forget if anyone else died on the island, and then everyone else was rescued and lived happily ever after until the inevitable day where they have to die. Ben remained in purgatory as the secret protector if the island, like Jacob, if I remember correctly.


And finally, I don't understand what gawker has anything to do with anything, you brought that up as if gawker is always correct and they're some sort of god like opinion lol


Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2014, 2:11 pm
sniperelite , Dude this is a title from GAWKER "The Lost Finale Was Incredibly Dumb". Google LOST finale Terrible, or awful. You seem to be in the silent minority regarding the "brilliance" of the episode. More from GAWKER "and then, and I have to type this in caps because it's the only way to really let my rage out, IT TURNED OUT THAT THEY HAD ALL DIED. All of them! And not even all together, simultaneously, in some awesome disaster/explosion. They had all died, at various times, throughout history. (Except for Michael and Walt, apparently!) And then they, like, remembered that they were dead, in this terrible, unfortunate excuse for Heaven they had created, and the Church went to white, and Jack was lying there, dying, with the dog."

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Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2014, 1:44 pm

I highly disagree, the ending was brilliant, I honestly think a lot of people didn't get it, not cause they're dumb, but they're too lazy to think depply.


Also, they were NOT dead, they only died in the last episode, some on the island, some not on the island, some much later in time. The final final scene was way after everyone died if I rememer correctly, it's been a few years.


The only complaint I have about the show is how they handled the whole John Locke thing, I didn't really think he was dead forever in like season 4 or whenever it was. Also the Jacob/MIB thing could have been handled better but that's it.


Granted the show lost some of what made it special in the later seasons, but still, the whole time travel thing in season 5, and how they explained Richard's story in the last season were brilliant episodes.


Message Posted On Feb 10th, 2014, 11:11 am
LOST let us all down. The producers promised they were NOT dead. They lied. The show was never consistent on story or character. I believe a recent article had the producers/writers stating they were winging it each season. It could have been a great show if there had been any type of overall plan to the series. Even FRINGE had direction. LOST had one of the worst endings in tv history. Truly sad.A dogs dream after all.
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