Lost (2004)

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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Country United States

Genre Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Trivia

The two-part pilot episode was the most expensive in ABC's history, reportedly costing between $10 million and $14 million. The average pilot is usually in the region of $4 million.

Originally, Michael Keaton was cast as Jack. In the first draft of the script Jack was to be killed by the monster after they arrived at the cockpit. ABC told the producers that they shouldn't kill off the hero so soon in the series and the script was changed. After the change, Michael Keaton backed out of the role since he did not want to commit to a regular series.

The character of Sawyer was originally meant to be an older, slick, suit-wearing city con artist from Buffalo, NY. However, when Josh Holloway forgot a line at his audition and subsequently kicked a chair in frustration and loudly swore, the writers liked the edge he brought to the Sawyer character and decided to write Sawyer as more of a Southern, darker drifter instead.

During Charlie's heroin scenes, Dominic Monaghan is actually snorting brown sugar.

Josh Holloway was trying to cover up his Southern accent while shooting several of his first scenes in the first season. It wasn't until producer J.J. Abrams told him that the reason they cast him was BECAUSE of his accent that Holloway changed it. There are still some scenes left in the pilot where he doesn't use his Southern accent.

When the show first aired in the UK on Channel 4, it averaged over 6 million viewers. This made it the most successful debut for a US series on the channel.

The fateful journey, Oceanic Flight 815 (Sydney to Los Angeles), flew on September 22nd 2004. This was the pilot episode's airdate on US television's ABC network.

Charlie was in a band called "Drive Shaft", whose only hit was called "You All Everybody". That song can be heard in the background of an episode of Alias (2001), another show created by J.J. Abrams.

After the character of Richard Alpert (played by Nestor Carbonell) was first introduced on the show, a furious internet debate arose about whether or not Carbonell was wearing eyeliner onscreen. Carbonell revealed on the Lost (2004) fifth season DVD extras that not only does he not wear eyeliner, mascara, or makeup of any kind to make his lashes and eyeline appear as dark as they do, but also the makeup artists for "Lost" actually use concealer on his lashes and under his eyes to try to tone down the natural darkness of his eyeline. He also said that the unusual appearance of his eyes caused him to get teased and bullied when he was a child. The writers, amused by the intensity of the debate, placed a reference to it in the series when Sawyer, who frequently applies nicknames to various characters, calls Alpert "eyeliner".

On Lost, Yunjin Kim's character secretly (at first) speaks fluent English, while Daniel Dae Kim's character is (again, at first) a Korean monolingual. Yunjin's character helps Daniel's learn English over the course of the series. In real life, the situation was almost perfectly mirrored. Yunjin had no previous screen credits where she primarily spoke English rather than Korean, and Daniel had not spoken Korean regularly since his teenage years, with older relatives. Daniel has credited Yunjin with helping him re-acclimate himself to the (Korean) language.

Quotes

[repeated line]

Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: Dude!

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James 'Sawyer' Ford: Son of a bitch!

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Desmond Hume: See you in another life, brother.

Mr. Eko: I did not ask for the life that I was given, but it was given nonetheless, and with it I did my best.

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John Locke: Don't tell me what I can't do.

Charlie Pace: Guys... where ARE we?

Tech Specs

Languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian

Release Date: 22 Sep 2004 (United States) See more

Also Known As: AR See more

Filming Locations: Hawaii Film Studio - 18th Avenue & Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more