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LOST’s Terry O’Quinn Talks Life, Death, and Resurrection

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“What he perceives, his understanding of the island, is special,” said O’Quinn, who has won an Emmy for the role. “But it might be the road to hell. We still don’t know what the moral entity of the island is. Is the island a good guy or a bad guy? That is the question I have.

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45375963“Because what’s tragic about Locke is that he will follow,” he added. “He’s faithful to a fault. Once he decides, he follows to the end. You see the same sort of thing in politics. Someone who commits to a theory or a course so deeply that even when it’s proven wrong, they can’t stop doing it because they don’t want to look like a fool. I believe Locke is going to stay this course whether it proves to be the good or evil one, the dark or light one.”

Whatever the path, the drama is heightened by Locke’s memories of Ben strangling him — factors that will drive much of what happens to Locke for the remainder of the season.

“Obviously, Locke is of critical importance as to where the show is going and — having died and come back to life — that is 10 times more significant than being in a wheelchair and being able to walk, just on a spiritual level, so how is he different?” co-creator Damon Lindelof said. “What’s very interesting moving forward is how is he going to process that experience and is he going to forgive Ben.”

O’Quinn thinks his character might have more forgiveness in him. After all, he already forgave Ben for shooting him and throwing him into a mass grave.

“He seems to do it consistently, doesn’t he?” he said. “The one thing about Locke is that he’s never closed any options that I can see. He’s never burned any bridges that I can see. He forgave his dad. He will forgive anybody if it will help him move forward. It wouldn’t surprise me if somehow Ben talked his way out of this. At the moment, what we’ve shot to this point, I think Locke has a pretty strong upper hand.”

And that self-possessed Locke is the one that O’Quinn prefers, although his days of complaining about the character’s trajectory are over, he said. During the second season, O’Quinn expressed his disappointment with Locke’s diminished role as the button-pusher in the hatch that temporarily loses his faith. Then, when Locke’s strength resurfaced in the third season, he stabbed Naomi in the back and killed her, which didn’t sit well with the actor.

“I told them I thought it was gratuitous blah blah blah, and the producers basically gave me what I think is the final step in my education for actors for television, which was ‘Shut up, you have a contract,’ ” O’Quinn noted and laughed. “I can’t desire that he do one thing or another, and I finally got it through my head.”

The new O’Quinn is more like Locke, an in-the-moment, reflective man whose wish for his character is rather simple.

“In the end, I would like him to be terribly interesting,” O’Quinn said. “Locke now has this sort of confidence that he never had in his first life, although a little confidence in a guy like him is a dangerous thing. I expect him to take at least one or two more surprising turns, and whether people like him or dislike him, I don’t care, as long as they are not bored by him.”

Source: LATimes

  • DHARMA Agent

    “…whether people like him or dislike him, I don’t care, as long as they are not bored by him.”

    And THIS is why characters like Locke, Ben, Faraday, and Juliet are so much more enjoyable than the obnoxiously predictable Jack and Kate.

  • Someone

    “And THIS is why characters like Locke, Ben, Faraday, and Juliet are so much more enjoyable than the obnoxiously predictable Jack and Kate.”

    And THIS is why people like you are complete idiots.

    • simplevincent

      please don’t embarrass yourself. how in life can you say that locke ben and faraday are more predictable than kate and her stupid siren ways?

      • Andy W.

        Why insult the guy, just because you disagree with him? He made a valid point–you made a rude comment. You’re the one who looks bad, not him. What’s great about Doc’s site is that the comments section are always as interesting and intelligent as the articles themselves. Please don’t prove that to be untrue.

        • cpjon446

          Well, he did insult Jack and Kate! By golly, how dare he?

          Honestly, I feel Jack is entirely more ambiguous than Locke. Now, Locke does happen to be my personal favorite, but I also identify strongly with Jack’s struggle with faith and belief, and his insistence on questioning everything; whereas Locke’s struggles routinely come about entirely due to his naivety, susceptibility and desire to be ‘special’, and that elicits less empathy and more frustration with me.

          Chris in Fort Worth

        • simplevincent

          he called the dude an idiot!

  • Locke too is predictable. He’ll fall for just about anything, anyone’s BS. His collapse of faith and his embrace of Ben – not to mention “his character might have more forgiveness in him” – reminds me of one of the funniest things John Grisham ever wrote, from Rainmaker: The hero-lawyer’s client is on the stand reading a letter from the evil white-man corporation where they told her, “Lady, you must be stoo-pid stoo-pid stoo-pid.”

    For me, watching Locke stumbling through his Jeremy Bentham-life was maybe even worse than watching the Jackisode couple weeks back. There’s just dumb, and then there’s frustrating-dumb!

    And from what O’Quin said from his complaints to the writers, there’s a little cheat/conceit going on.

    That being said, the show is entertaining even if it makes uncharacteristic turns with the cast.

  • Beena

    There are things that are, and things that are not, predictable about these characters. Unless you already know what is going to happen in the story in advance, I think it might be difficult to predict even which character will be involved let alone knowing definitively how they’ll react. What I love about LOST is how complex these characters can be in direct relation to what they are going through at any of the given time lines.

  • Ben

    I’m glad to see that the actor is a great deal more sensible than his character and that he agrees with many of the criticism I’ve had of Locke on the show. He’ll be happy to know it is at least interesting to watch because you feel the multi-car pile up coming. You just don’t know exactly how it will happen.