Whether you love it or hate it, Lost had a long legacy. The show ran for six seasons on ABC, and during those seasons, it followed a group of plane crash survivors stranded on a mysterious island. Along the way, it told stories of love and loss, and grappled with ideas of fate versus free will. It also made a lot of people pretty unhappy. It famously failed to answer many of the questions its fans had before it ended.
As a result, the legacy of Lost is still murky. There are still many die-hard fans who will defend it no matter what. Others have let themselves forget about the anger they once felt. Whatever camp you fall into, there's plenty of stuff about the show that you might not know. Whether it's secrets about the development or the show's filming, the island still has a few more secrets left to reveal. Here are 17 behind-the-scenes secrets of Lost.
Although Sawyer was always a con-man, the original vision for the character was much older. He was supposed to be from Buffalo, New York as well. After Josh Holloway had a fit of rage after forgetting a line during his audition for Jack, though, the part was rewritten so that he could play it.
The show's casting team clearly saw potential in Josh, and thank goodness they did. It's hard to imagine an older actor bringing the same appeal and gravitas that he so consistently brought to the part. He's playing a smart, compelling man who can con his way into anything. Josh was perfect for it.
Somewhat by design, Lost is not a show with just one central character. Instead, the show functioned best when the characters worked as an ensemble. Although the show had main and recurring players, no character was featured in every episode of the show.
That's a rarity, especially on network TV, which tends to focus its action around a few key players. On Lost, though, no character or performer was too important to be set aside for a week or two. Each character contributed to a larger whole, and it was that larger whole that kept fans coming back for more.
Dominic Monaghan had the somewhat challenging task of playing a heroin addict always in need of a hit. Of course, Dominic wasn't actually a heroin addict, so the show had to get creative about what he was actually snorting. It had to look like heroin without being the real thing. The result? Dominic Monaghan snorted quite a bit of brown sugar.
It's unclear exactly what brown sugar does to a person's nasal cavity, but it can't be great. Still, it's probably better than an inadvertent heroin addiction. Thankfully, Charlie kicks the habit fairly quickly. Dominic didn't have to snort brown sugar for too many episodes.
Matthew Shepherd's Jack is the closest thing that Lost has to a constant presence. He's who we focus on in the first and last scenes of the series. He's the anchor bringing this story home. Originally, though, Jack was supposed to die in the pilot, and Michael Keaton was cast in the role. When the script was changed so that Jack lived, Michael dropped out of the show. He didn't want to be committed to television.
Lost would have been a very different show had Michael stayed on. It might have still been great, but the character of Jack would have been totally different.
As we sit in 2019, the pilot of Lost is pretty old. It debuted in September of 2004, and was an instant smash. It was also the most expensive pilot that ABC had ever produced, and it still is today. When you watch it, it's clear why that's the case.
They basically crashed an entire plane! There's a lot of explosions scattered through the episode, and the opening sequence on the beach is thrilling. The sets alone must have cost a fortune, and surely contributed to the high cost of the episode. That, in addition to the number of actors involved, allowed this pilot to go down as a legend.
Auditioning for a TV show can be confusing, in part because there are a number of characters to pick from. Yunjin Kim, who would eventually play Sun on the show, initially auditioned for the role of Kate. That's only logical, as Kate is the show's female lead.
Although the casting agents didn't think she was right for that part, they liked her energy so much that they created another part to suit her. They just didn't want to lose her talent. Sun and Jin's story is one of the most compelling love stories the show has, so it was probably wise for them to add those characters in.
When Josh Holloway was filming the pilot, he wasn't yet totally clear on his character's back story. As a result, there are scenes in the first episode where Josh is working to cover up his southern accent. Those scenes are a little confusing to fans of the show because Sawyer usually speaks with a jovial, sardonic southern twang.
It turns out that Holloway had thought that he was supposed to cover up his natural accent. It wasn't until the show's writers explained that his accent was one of the reasons he was hired that he brought it back. The rest is history.
Because Lost's pilot was so expensive, the show had to take advantage of that crashed plane in every way they could. One way they used it was on the soundtrack. Every material has unique percussive qualities, so it makes sense to use pieces of the wreckage on the score.
Lost's score is one of the best for any TV show, and that might be partially because composer Michael Giacchino was very willing to experiment. Many of those experiments paid off, including the use of the fuselage. It adds a dynamic, crashing sound that helps keep the score feeling fresh and original.
That may seem like a somewhat random and unimportant fact, except that Emile de Ravin's character on Lost is a peanut butter fiend. One of her earliest moments of bonding with Charlie comes when Charlie brings her an imaginary jar of peanut butter. It's a good thing that jar was imaginary.
Eventually, Claire does get some real peanut butter after it's discovered in the hatch. Although we see Emile take the jar with a satisfied look, we don't see her open it or eat any of its contents. It's definitely for the best that she wasn't forced to do that.
The head of ABC Entertainment, Lloyd Bruan came up with the idea for Lost while on vacation in Hawaii. Originally, it was supposed to be a mix of Castaway, Survivor and Lord of the Flies. The show came from his brain, and he also provided the voice for the "Previously on Lost" segment that started every episode.
It's rare for an idea like this to come from the top and turn out to be so successful. Lloyd knew that his idea was good, but he allowed creative folks to do what they wanted with it. That's what made it completely unique.
We've already learned that Sawyer's role was heavily adjusted so that Josh Holloway could play it, but he wasn't the only person who had a role created for them. We know that Yunjin Kim initially read for a different role as well, and a part was created for her. Jorge Garcia initially read for the role of Sawyer, but was so warm and caring that the writers created the part of Hurley for him.
It's clear, then, that the writers were willing to adapt their show to cast the right people in it. Based on the results, it seems like this was the right call.
There's a letter that is central to the mythos of Sawyer. He wrote it to the con man he blames for his parents' deaths. It's the letter that defines his entire life until he arrives on the island. Evangeline Lilly's Kate is the one who discovered the letter, and the actress kept it after the episode it was featured in aired.
Unfortunately, she does not still have the letter today. It burned in a house fire that also destroyed her home. Honestly, that fire feels almost like a metaphor about letting the past go, whether it's Evangeline's past on the show, or Sawyer's past with the con man that he blames.
The relationship that developed between Sayid and Shannon in Lost's early season was not exactly popular. Shannon was never a hugely interesting character, and her relationship with Sayid felt a little half-baked. As it turns out, that was actually the case.
Whereas most of the show's complicated plot developments came from the writers' room, this pairing came from the actors. Naveen Andrews suggested the relationship, and the writers decided to roll with it. The results weren't exactly what everyone had hoped for. Thankfully, the writers realized that Shannon and Sayid was not the world's most interesting pairing, and Shannon was killed off shortly thereafter.
This was so common on Lost that an entire urban legend developed around it. As the legend goes, actors who were about to leave the show would often end up with DUIs. The victims of this curse included Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros, whose characters were killed off in the same episode.
Although his character didn't actually die, it seemed as though Daniel Dae Kim's character had also been killed off after his DUI in 2007. The show's writers insist that this is merely a coincidence, but it's hard to know for sure. These deaths may have been more intentional than they seemed.
Most people know from experience that first drafts are never perfect. That was most definitely the case with Lost, a show that was originally called Nowhere. The show may have worked anywhere, but it's hard to argue that Nowhere is the better of those two names.
Lost isn't just shorter. It's also a better summation of what the show was about. These characters weren't just stranded on a mysterious island. They were all lost in their own lives, and coming to the island helped them grow and deal with their pasts. It may be a little cheesy, but the show's title had a few different meanings.
Lost is a controversial show. It left many of its fans unsatisfied because it didn't answer every question it had raised. As it turns out, audiences weren't the only ones who felt lied to.
Apparently, the original outline for the show said that the show wouldn't be serialized and that everything would ultimately be explained with very few hanging threads. What's more, the monster was supposed to disappear after the first few episodes, as were many of the crash's survivors. Ultimately, all of that proved to be false, but the show that we got was pretty great anyway. Sometimes, misleading statements might be worth it.
Aaron is not a hugely important character. He's the baby that Claire has on the island, and is eventually taken to the mainland by Kate. Because he doesn't have a huge impact on the story, it didn't matter whether he always looked the same. Babies are often recast on TV because they age out of their parts pretty quickly.
Even so, Lost recast Aaron more than 50 times over the course of the show. That's an insane amount, especially given the number of episodes that he appears in. It's even possible that two different child actors played Aaron inside of a single episode.