October 30th, 2009
SPOILER ALERT: Leading into Halloween, it’s been relatively quiet for “LOST” production. Most of the work took place behind closed doors at the Hawaii Film Studio. But a couple of visiting fans stumbled across the crew at work at location shoots that bookend the week, and passed along brief reports.
From Brooke, a California fan who already sent in a report from a Kahala shoot covered in the last “Transmission” podcast, found “LOST” at work on Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at the Ko’olau Golf Club in Waimanalo. There wasn’t too much to see, as the filming was taking place inside the church kitchen. But the cast trailers, and some friendly crewmembers, confirmed that it was a scene focused on Naveen Andrews (Sayid). Perhaps we’ll see him again demonstrating his culinary expertise. And he was interacting with both new and surprisingly familar faces.
Spotted on the set, John Hawkes, who’s playing a new character named Lennon. Lennon’s casting call described the character thusly: “Scruffy, edgy, charismatic, and slightly stir-crazy, Lennon can be deferential when it’s called for. He’s the spokesperson/translator for the president of a foreign corporation. He’s a wily negotiator, and far more powerful than his lowly position would seem to indicate.”
But that’s not all. The scene apparently also included Omar (presumably played by Anthony Azizi) and Keamy (Kevin Durand). Now, when we last saw these two gentlemen in the Season 4 finale, “There’s No Place Like Home,” Omar was blown up by a grenade kicked his way by Keamy, and Keamy was stabbed to death in The Orchid by Ben. Perhaps they, too, will get a second chance.
Today, “LOST” was spotted back at Waipahu High School. And, like last time, Michael Emerson (Ben) loomed large. But it’s the other stars that were spotted that make the school shoot so tantalizing. According to Pati from New York, mixed amongst many backpack and book toting students was none other than Tania Raymonde, Ben’s deeply mourned daughter Alex. She also saw, to my great glee, ninth grade science teacher Leslie Arzt (Daniel Roebuck).
Most of the buzz on the set seemed to surround an actor in a trailer labeled “Van Peebles.” Pati described him as having “a cop, principal, gruff, hard ass kind of look.” After spending over an hour on the Internet Movie Database, she says she’s confident it was William Atherton. Atherton — known to many as Templeton Peck in “Ghostbusters” or the annoying reporter in “Die Hard” — was cast for “LOST” only a few days ago, as confirmed by showrunner Carlton Cuse on Twitter.
My money’s on him being the Ed Rooney-esque principal at Alex’s school.