After Professorstotch‘s post, I get to give a few little Ben tidbits for tomorrow’s episode. Sterling Beaumon gave a few hints, and here they are past the jump…
We know that Lost has that crazy veil of secrecy over it, but give us a hint as to what you’ll be up to in your episodes.
Beaumon: You’re going to find out how Ben became the mean, cruel Ben that he is today. And you’re going to find out about the roots of the island and how the island became the island. … In two of the episodes, I’m really not doing a lot, but you just see me a lot, and you’ll see what I mean by that.
Did you go back and watch any of Michael Emerson’s performances as Ben in order to help you play a natural extension of the character?
Beaumon: After I did my first episode [a couple of years ago], we became hooked on Lost, and I watched every single episode. Actually, [“Namaste” director] Jack Bender told me, “You do anything like Michael, and it’ll ruin what’s coming up.” I didn’t know what he meant, because I hadn’t gotten the next script. And then I [read the next script and thought], “Oh, wow, I see why I can’t act like Michael.” Because you’ll see why Michael starts acting like Ben within these episodes.
What are the chances you’ll be back again after these episodes?
Beaumon: Everyone says, “Oh, gosh, you’ve got to come back again.” What I’m hoping is that Annie, supposedly Ben’s childhood friend, comes back [in a subsequent episode]. The girl who plays Annie [Madeline Carroll] is actually a close friend of mine.
In two of the episodes, I’m really not doing a lot, but you just see me a lot, and you’ll see what I mean by that. In-ter-est-ing. Wonder what Lil’ Ben could be up to? What do you think? Is Annie part of Lil’ Ben’s story- or do you think something else changed him into the man we know and love today?