Alan Dale Interview With Hobotrashcan

Bandar Ceme OnlineThanks to Joel for the heads up. Nothing too spoilery.

You mentioned that you think you might be done filming the show. Did you get a sense of closure in the episodes you filmed? Did you walk away feeling that if you didnΓÇÖt come back your characterΓÇÖs story arch is complete?
No, but again, youΓÇÖll have to understand I only get to read the episodes that IΓÇÖm in, so I donΓÇÖt see any other ones. So anything that hasnΓÇÖt been on air yet, I donΓÇÖt know actually what happens in those episodes that IΓÇÖm not in. So the honest answer to that is no, I didnΓÇÖt get that feeling. In fact, I thought, ΓÇ£Gosh, if thatΓÇÖs it, I still donΓÇÖt know if IΓÇÖm a good guy or a bad guy, so I donΓÇÖt know what it was all about.ΓÇ¥ IΓÇÖm hoping that when I sit and watch it, and I am watching it, that when it comes to the end, it will all be clear. But at the moment, I have no idea.

David S. Lee played Young Charles Widmore on the show. Do you think he did a good job playing a younger you?
They wanted to know what I looked like when I was young, so I sent pictures of then. If you go online onto YouTube, youΓÇÖll see in 1979 I did a Schick razor commercial and I had long curly hair, sort of like an afro. So they got a guy that had long, curly hair to play me. I met him, but he was a bit distant with me. (Laughs.) I donΓÇÖt know why.

But I donΓÇÖt know whether thatΓÇÖs me. ItΓÇÖs very difficult to tell whether thatΓÇÖs you or not.

The battle between Charles Widmore and Benjamin Linus has become integral to the showΓÇÖs mythology. What is it like doing those scenes with Michael Emerson, particularly the one you mentioned where they came out to London to film that confrontation in WidmoreΓÇÖs flat?

First of all, suddenly Charles Widmore had a beard because I was playing King Arthur and he had a beard.

MichaelΓÇÖs a very nice guy. Really. And we really enjoy it, actually, because itΓÇÖs quite intense. The scenes are intense. Truthfully, he knows a bit more than I do because heΓÇÖs a regular on the series and IΓÇÖm more a recurring character, so he lives there and heΓÇÖs more immersed in it. But still, I donΓÇÖt think heΓÇÖs much more aware of whether heΓÇÖs the good guy or I am.

But all we do is we get in there and heΓÇÖs got those eyes and he stares at me and I stare back at him and we just go for it. That partΓÇÖs really fun. Getting the job is the work. Playing the character, youΓÇÖd do it for nothing. ItΓÇÖs fun.

Is there a different vibe for you this season actually being on the island?
Not quite as much as youΓÇÖd expect because IΓÇÖm actually on Oahu when IΓÇÖm shooting most of those scenes anyway. But I have to say that my feeling about going to Hawaii changed considerably when I went to the North Shore for the first time to do some of those scenes last season ΓÇô when I was taken down the jetty and put on the submarine when I was thrown off the island and a couple of other scenes I did. When I got to see that part of the island, I started to fall in love with the place. IΓÇÖm very sad that itΓÇÖs over, from that point of view. ItΓÇÖs a very beautiful place to go.

Obviously, there is a big battle on the horizon between your character and the smoke monster character. Is there anything fans should be looking out for or things we can expect to see in the coming weeks?

I think just that. IΓÇÖm hoping that it doesnΓÇÖt end up being a damp squib. IΓÇÖm concerned that fans might chase me down the street with meat cleavers if the questions arenΓÇÖt all answered. But I have a feeling that they arenΓÇÖt all going to be answered. So IΓÇÖm not sure how itΓÇÖs going to go.

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