Lost's Nestor Carbonell On His Famous Eyelashes and Soon-To-Be-Famous Pecs
Since Lost’s third season, Nestor Carbonell has popped up several times on the show as the mysterious, ageless Richard Alpert, but when the sixth and final season premieres tonight, Carbonell will finally join the cast as a regular. It’s a sign that Richard (who seems inextricably linked to the island’s mythology) is going to prove pivotal in revealing many of Lost’s big secrets, but it’s also a tribute to the ingratiating slow burn Carbonell’s managed while revealing hardly a thing about Richard’s true nature.
Movieline spoke with the actor yesterday about what’s in store for Richard in season six, what we can expect from a Richard-centric episode, the tragic origin story of his much-discussed heavy eyelashes, and his willingness to play Khan in a potential Star Trek sequel.
So you just had the really big season premiere screening in Hawaii for tens of thousands of fans, right? We did. It was really a thank-you, and it was pretty mind-blowing. We meet fans on a one-on-one basis all the time at the supermarket or what-have-you, and it’s always great to talk to them, but this was just such a overwhelming experience in the best way. They’re so informed and they want to know things, but they don’t want to know because they want to watch the show. They’re so appreciative and it was pretty great to open the season by showing them the first hour.
Was it the first time you got to see it, too? Oh yeah, although the season premiere is two hours and this was just the first hour. I’ve read every script until the one we’re shooting now, which is episode thirteen, but each episode is so dense and there’s so much material. Sometimes you forget what you shot and when it came into the season and what happened, so it was great. It’s one thing to read it, and it’s another thing to see it materialize on screen, and they did such a great job realizing it, from writing to production to editing…
Nestor, I’m excited enough already. You don’t have to keep selling me on it. [Laughs] Did you see the first four minutes of the season premiere that they put online?
I know that they exist, but I’ve been battling myself over whether to watch them. Then you’re smart. You’re a true fan who doesn’t really want to know — you want to see it in HD and you want more of the whole shebang. I get it.