Paul Scheer on stage to introduce the cast and crew. “I know what you guys want, you want to talk about the show, you want me to go to you guys for questions, we’re gonna do it! Let’s keep all our questions focused on LOST-centric things! That’s why we’re hear tonight. Also, I know recent events, a mysterious plane disappearance, let’s not ask questions about that, it won’t be in good taste!”
Malcolm David Kelley, Henry Ian Cusick, Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, introduced. Vincent can’t be here, just got a part in Air Bud 4, jokes Scheer.
Ian on when he knew it was a hit show: not the first episode, but the second, when millions of people were still watching it. Josh: he was out shopping and some girls noticed him.
Malcolm was 14 when he shot the pilot. He loved being able to move to Hawaii with the cast to shoot this show as a kid.
"What did you steal from the set when you left?" Damon: "Since ABC execs are here tonight…Maybe the cover of the hatch fell off a truck? SO i took it."
Carlton: a package came from FedEx and it was the countdown clock from the hatch!
Josh: “I kept my boots, they were my own boots. I had them for 12 years before the show.”
Jorge took Hurley’s paintings from the mental institution. Yunjin took some dresses. Ian :”I took my dignity and a lot of amazing memories.” Maggie: “I think an outfit that looks like someone was heading to a tennis-themed prom.” HIC: “A couple blue shirts. THen the costume guy found out and phoned me to bring them back.”
Question from Scheer: did you ever wish you just worked in an office somewhere while out shooting in Hawaii in the elements? “The harsher the elements the more fun to me. We sailed that raft way out there, we were waiting for a helicopter and he never saw it!” - Josh. Maggie says the guys out on the raft (in Exodus) all mooned her at once.
The first raft sank, second one was too fast. The camera boat couldn’t keep up with it.
Carlton: “Vincent improvised, he just swam out!” Damon: “She always went off script!”
Carlton: “Usually when you make TV, you have an idea in your head but what comes back is not as good as that mental idea. But with LOST the film that came back was better than what we imagined on the page.” Damon: “The idea that we sent these blueprints to Hawaii and then the actors fully realized them, the show would have been worse if we micromanaged. The show became bigger than what we put on the page, hawaii and the fans were really doing something bigger to the show.”
Sept 2004: Damon and Carlton got lost driving in the rain trying to find the set in Hawaii.
Josh on fans: “I had a fan, who I saw too many times, who offered me a chicken dinner…” Damon: “that’s code for sex!” Josh: “Is it a 4 piece or 69?”
Carlton: “TOQ lived on the north shore, and on his walk to the set, he hitched a ride, she asked him to sit in the back, they drove past his street and he got nervous, and she took him to her house and said ‘I have to show you to my husband’”
Scheer: “Around the finale…” Damon jokes: “I have to go pee!” Scheer: “what was one of your favorite theories from a fan?” Jorge: “I had a guy once say that when the plane was in the air we were all cloned…” Josh: “I remember once, I looked at DL/CC and said ‘the island is like the death star, it moves!’ and you looked at me weird.”
Ian knew Boone would die 3-4 weeks before it happened. “Enough to cushion the blow.” What did they do when a character died? “Mai tais and skinny dipping,” says Ian.