From nvr01_in_south Africa:Thanks for giving us the best show ever! I only have one thing to say: We want Rose! We want Rose! We want Rose! Damon: We want Rose, too, and South Africa. That's totally cool. Sometimes because our cast is so huge, you cannot do series-regular deals with all the ensemble, and in the case of L. Scott Caldwell, who plays Rose, she got a play and was unavailable for the back half of season one, so we had certain plans for her that we were unable to execute because of that. But fortunately for all of us, she's back in season two. You're going to be seeing a lot of Rose, so you will be psyched. I know we are.
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From Laurie:What significance do Jack's tattoos have? Damon: That's one of the big mysteries of the show, and there is going to be a flashback story that fully explains the significance of all his tattoos and puts it into the framework of what was happening in his life when he got them. You'll probably be seeing it in season two, but if not, very early in season three. Right now the plan is to do it this year.
From Kristin:Those aren't Matthew Fox's tattoos? Damon: They are Matthew Fox's, but they're Jack's now. When we first sat down with him and saw them, we started figuring it out, and for whatever reason they are on Matthew Fox's arm, is something that Matthew Fox never talks about with anyone including myself. It's something that is very private to him, and there's all sorts of speculation. You know, there's a big "five" there, so people think that that has to do with Party of Five, but chronologically, I think he got it before Party of Five, and then he tells the story in the pilot, to Kate, about counting down from five when you're really scared, so people thought that that's what it was. So, the tattoos are sort of an ongoing and fun mystery, but fortunately for us, one of the ones that we already have the answer to.
From Jennifer Nguyen:The whole cast seems like a dream to work with. Are they all as nice as they seem? Or do you have some dirt to spill? Damon: I keep waiting for the bottom to fall out and for the cast to turn on us, but it just hasn't happened. If you look at it objectively, they get to live in Hawaii, the most beautiful place on earth. And we're not working them too hard because the ensemble is so huge. And they really, really like the work they're doing. And when it's your episode, you get to do sort of really emotional storytelling, so I think they're just all kind of stoked. It's a team atmosphere there. I wish I had some dirt to spill, but I don't. Oh, Dom dresses in women's clothing, though. That's dirt. Full-on evening gowns and formal wear. No hair and makeup, just the clothes, but...
From Kristin:Oh, if only he would've done that yesterday on the red carpet! Damon: You know what, if you had pushed just a little bit harder, he probably would've done it. He's a very shy guy, though. That's the thing about Dom. Wink, wink.
From Layla:Why was Malcolm David Kelley (Walt) not at the Emmys? Do he and Ian Somerhalder (Boone) get Best Drama Emmys, too? Damon: Again, I think the only official Emmy recipients are the producers of the show, but unfortunately because of the ticketing and the network [parameters], we were not able to bring everybody out from Hawaii. And also, we needed to have a full shooting day in Hawaii today, so Yoon-jin Kim actually stayed and worked today, so that everybody else could come out, which was amazingly gracious of her. She's a goddess. She's the only one in Hawaii working today. We're doing a Sun flashback story. And again with the tickets, as of Thursday, five of the other actors weren't coming yet and you push as hard as you can to get all of them invited, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. For Malcolm, obviously, he's a minor, so it's not just him. It's his family and everything else, but Ian and Malcolm are still such a huge part of the Lost family, and we would've loved to have had them there.
From airforcebrat:Damon, so we have to wait eight weeks to get Sawyer and Kate together again? Damon: Well, I wouldn't say eight weeks...They'll be thinking a lot about each other. I think it would be a real copout if the raft washed up back where it set off from, and it was real easy. And it's romantic when people are separated. It's like The English Patient or Sleepless in Seattle, right? Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan don't get together till the last five minutes of the movie, so you know it'll be worth it. Trust me.
From Kristin:Wait a minute...Are you a closet chick-flick fan? Damon: There's no closeting about it. I love chick flicks. JJ and I gave each other some big-time chick-flick gay love when we first met, in addition to being able to talk about action movies and science-fiction movies and all that stuff. You know, I did not know who he was when I first saw the Felicity pilot. It just said JJ Abrams, so I assumed it was Jennifer Jill. I didn't think it was a man who was writing that stuff, 'cause he sort of has that real hard-core emotional sensibility to everything that he does. I think some of that has rubbed off on me. He's just awakened the woman inside me. Now Dom and I can go put on our gowns and go paint the town red. For the record, I am married, happily so. I love my wife. She's gonna be reading this and go, "What did I do?!"
From the_wb_sucks:Any chance of an episode from Vincent the dog's eyes? Damon: We originally had plans to reveal sort of a major piece of island mythology doing just that, but it leaked, and I was so upset about it that we changed paths and decided not to do it. There are certain things that can leak out that don't bother me that much, but other things when you see them on the Internet and people are already responding to them, you sort of change your mind about it. It was gonna be the last image of season one, right after you see Walt get abducted. What it is that Vincent saw is still very much a part of the show. It's just, we've decided not to do it yet. And I think that the flashback paradigm is sort of like, these characters did something in their life that was either a mistake or that they're ashamed of or that they have to sort of overcome on the island now. And the dog, while a fantastic actor, just doesn't have the emotional range necessary to carry an entire flashback story.
From Kristin:Okay, I feel terrible. I think I may have been the one that reported that thing about the dog and the cargo hold. I'm so sorry, Damon! I had no idea it was a big deal. Damon: No, honestly, it's fine. Who knows if I would have kept it in anyway? Originally, it was the very last shot of the very last episode, but we just went another direction.
[Hides head in shame and vows to never reveal anything again. Ever. At least not until the Spoiler Section.]
From newfgirls:Is Locke good or evil? Do you know at this point? Damon: We definitely know, and we definitely have sort of an approach to the character. I think what's really cool about the show, and this is not a copout, is that every one of our characters has both good and evil in them, and it's all a matter of perspective. When you look at Kate or Sawyer, you see that they've done bad things, but then you explore them further and you begin to understand why they do the things they do and why they act the way they act. Locke, in that first scene, the first words he speaks in the show were very deliberate in that backgammon scene. He says everything about his character and what our feelings are about his character to Walt. Check out the DVD if you're wondering the answer to that question, and it'll make a lot more sense when the show's all said and done.
From aggiebear95:Will we still see Boone this year? Damon: I think we probably will. That'd be my guess.
From Luv:How did you come up with the specific numbers for Hurley? Damon: Well, that is a big secret, and we are not going to reveal it. I think there is a lot of interest in what the numbers mean and how we came up with them. But what's amazing to me is that we think we're being very clever and hiding those numbers all over the show, prior to the "Numbers" episode, and already I know there are Web pages that have gone up that bust us on every single one that we've ever hid, and they find ones that we didn't even intentionally hide, ones that are in sort of the production design of the show. The only number was always sort of a key number was 23, and anybody who knows anything about Robert Anton Wilson or any of his writing can read into that what they will. That's an important number in terms of the scheme of the show.
From Gracie:I need to know about Michelle Rodriguez! Damon: Her name is Ana Lucia. She was in the tail section of the plane in row 42. She's from L.A., and she did survive. But that's all I'm willing to say at this point.
From abfabi:How did you guys celebrate last night? Did anyone Donald Duck it? Damon: There was a whole lotta Donald Ducking going on! Let me tell ya. And some Mickey Mousing, too, which is when you put on the red short pants and you take your shirt off and you talk in a high-pitched voice, but that happened much later. Yah, one of the downsides of having 25 people in the celebration party is we all sort of got split up after the awards. Packs of them went to different parties. I went to the TV Guide party where Missy Elliott performed. She was awesome. Jorge was there, and I ran into Ian. Maggie was there. Foxy and Josh were there. Everybody was rolling between that party and a couple other parties. I would like to say that I have a vivid recollection of the events, but I think that I had a couple cocktails. It still hasn't entirely sunk in what happened. I was in a daze. And I wanna say for all you fans, thank you. I'm such a fan of you guys, on the boards, and I am preparing myself for what you think of what's in the hatch.