In this interview from daemonstv.com, Lange answers a few questions about Radzinsky, the set, and himself.
(Filed under spoilers so that no one gets too irked… although personally I would classify it as spoilerish. :D)
I only grabbed some of the highlights here, but you can click to read the entire article. Lange is a huge fan of the show, and was really excited to work on LOST.
Can you talk a little bit about what’s coming up for your character? I think your next episode is on April 15, is that correct?
Eric Lange: Exactly, yeah. Well, unfortunately ABC has me on a really tight little leash and they’ve given us some stuff, but it was for previous episodes and they haven’t given me much more to be able to say about what’s coming up. But obviously he’s a bit of a mad scientist. He has some control issues and some anger management issues. He’s a bit of an annoyance for the heroes there in 1977.
Can you tell us if how many more episode he’ll be in?
Eric Lange: I’m every episode until the end of the season. Through to the finale. So there’s more of him to come.
Have you already shot the finale and now know everything that’s going to happen?
Eric Lange: Yeah. I know almost everything. There’s some stuff that they try to keep secret from just about everybody except the people involved in it. But yes, we just finished the finale. I got back about – I don’t know – a week and a half ago. They left, I think, April 3rd or something like that. So we’re just finishing the season.
We kind of know a little bit of what happens Radzinsky in the future, but I wonder if they were thinking about doing some flash forward episode centered on him? Are we going to learn more about why he killed himself?
Eric Lange: Yeah, with the map and all of that. I certainly hope so. I would love to see that because when that map showed up in season two I was pretty riveted by that just because of all this information. I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness gracious. What?’ Then of course the theory is that he off’d himself. All the information we have about him is from that guy Kelvin who ended up being not too trustworthy a source. So I think there is some mystery about what actually went down in that Swan hatch. I sure hope we get to see that, but I have no confirmation from any powers that be that that’ll happen or not. But I have my fingers crossed.
I think a lot of people didn’t realize who he was. I had to search online to figure that he was the guy who wrote the map.
Eric Lange: Exactly, yeah. I think it’d be fascinating to find out more about that. When I auditioned for the show I was thrilled because I’d always wanted to be on it. It was like a two episode arch and the character’s name was Marty Jankowski in the sides. So I got the part and I was like, ‘Fantastic.’ I didn’t know anything. Then a couple of days later the costumer called and said, ‘Alright, you’re going to be playin…who are you playing? Let me see. Oh, you’re playing Radzinsky’. I was like, ‘No, no, no. I’m playing this Marty Jankowski guy.’ He said, ‘No, no. That’s a fake name. They made that up so that if the sides got out no one know you were showing up.’ The name off the bat didn’t ring a bell to me, but I just Googled it after I saw it. I thought, ‘Why are they making such a secret of it.’ My gosh, the amount of information on the internet about him is astonishing. For someone who was mentioned in one episode three years ago there’s a lot of people talking about him for a long time. I was a little intimidated with those shoes to fill. My impression was that these fans have a definite view of what they’d like to see him be or who they think he is. I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, how am I going to measure up to that.’ But it’s been just a blast, what an honor to play someone so entrenched in the mythology of ‘Lost’.
The part that I highlighted immediately makes me start to question what we’ve assumed about Radzinsky. I mean, Lange was pretty careful to keep everything suggestive and not concrete. Any thoughts?