The character of Sawyer was originally meant to be an older, slick, suit-wearing city con artist from Buffalo, NY. However, when Josh Holloway forgot a line at his audition and subsequently kicked a chair in frustration and loudly swore, the writers liked the edge he brought to the Sawyer character and decided to write Sawyer as more of a Southern, darker drifter instead.
Originally, Michael Keaton was cast as Jack. In the first draft of the script Jack was to be killed by the monster after they arrived at the cockpit. ABC told the producers that they shouldn't kill off the hero so soon in the series and the script was changed. After the change, Michael Keaton backed out of the role since he did not want to commit to a regular series.
After the character of Richard Alpert was first introduced on the show, a furious internet debate arose about whether or not Nestor Carbonell was wearing eyeliner onscreen. Carbonell revealed on the fifth season DVD extras that not only does he not wear eyeliner, mascara, or makeup of any kind to make his lashes and eyeline appear as dark as they do, but also the makeup artists for "Lost" actually use concealer on his lashes and under his eyes to try to tone down the natural darkness of his eyeline. He also said that the unusual appearance of his eyes caused him to get teased and bullied when he was a child. The writers, amused by the intensity of the debate, placed a reference to it in the series when Sawyer, who frequently applies nicknames to various characters, calls Alpert "eyeliner."
Charlie was in a band called "Drive Shaft", whose only hit was called "You All Everybody". That song can be heard in the background of an episode of Alias (2001), another show created by J.J. Abrams.
The fateful journey, Oceanic Flight 815 (Sydney to Los Angeles), flew on September 22nd 2004. This was the pilot episode's airdate on US television's ABC network.
When the show first aired in the UK on Channel 4, it averaged over 6 million viewers. This made it the most successful debut for a US series on the channel.
Originally, Michael Emerson was only cast for a few episodes in season two. The producers were so impressed with his performance that they cast him as a regular and rewrote his part to feature him more prominently.
When Charlie held heroin in his hand after quitting, Dominic Monaghan patterned his performance after that of Andy Serkis in the Lord of the Rings films - as Gollum holding the One Ring. Serkis based his performance as Gollum/Smeagol on a heroin addict.
On Lost, Yunjin Kim's character secretly (at first) speaks fluent English, while Daniel Dae Kim's character is (again, at first) a Korean monolingual. Yunjin's character helps Daniel's learn English over the course of the series. In real life, the situation was almost perfectly mirrored. Yunjin had no previous screen credits where she primarily spoke English rather than Korean, and Daniel had not spoken Korean regularly since his teenage years, with older relatives. Daniel has credited Yunjin with helping him re-acclimate himself to the (Korean) language.
Josh Holloway was trying to cover up his Southern accent while shooting several of his first scenes in the first season. It wasn't until producer J.J. Abrams told him that the reason they cast him was BECAUSE of his accent that Holloway changed it. There are still some scenes left in the pilot where he doesn't use his Southern accent.
Yunjin Kim originally read for the character of Kate. The producers felt she was not what they were looking for in Kate, but decided to create a new character for her, along with a spouse.
Danielle Rousseau's name is a reference to Jean Jacques Rousseau, 18th century Enlightenment philosopher creator of the "good savage" theory, a view that defends that Man is born free and pure and is subsequently corrupted by society and "civilization"
Jorge Garcia (Hurley) appeared on How I Met Your Mother as a character named "The Blitz" who had terrible luck just like his character on Lost. Then, later in the episode, someone asked him for a random phone number and he used his lottery ticket number from LOST that brought him his bad luck. 4 8 15 16 23 42
The two-part pilot episode was the most expensive in ABC's history, reportedly costing between $10 million and $14 million. The average pilot is usually in the region of $4 million.
Evangeline Lilly was one of the last actors to be cast for the show, but the fact that she is a Canadian citizen gave the producers concern that she might not be able to obtain the appropriate U.S. employment visa that would grant her permission to stay in the country long enough to shoot the entire series. They pushed back all of Kate's scenes when they were shooting the pilot, just to be sure that they could get the proper employment visa, a category "O-1" for "artists of extraordinary ability in arts, science, education, business or athletics" for Lilly. As her body of work as an actor was not extensive at the time she was cast, they had a difficult time proving to the USCIS (formerly known as the INS) that Lilly was deserving of this classification as an "artist of extraordinary ability". It wasn't until they had shot almost every scene without the Kate character that she was finally granted the O-1 visa and signed on. That same day she was put on a plane in Canada and flown directly to Hawaii for the shooting.
Dominic Monaghan originally auditioned for the role of Sawyer, who was originally supposed to be a suit-wearing city con man. The producers were so enthused by Monaghan that the part of Charlie was altered to accommodate him - Charlie was originally going to be a 45-year-old washed-up rock star.
In one early version of the script, Boone was going to be Boone Carlyle V and would be referred to as "Five". When they decided against this idea they did a "find and replace" function to change all the referenced to "Five" into ones for "Boone". This accidentally changed the dialogue when Jack and Kate first meet to him counting "One, two, three, four, Boone."
Both John Locke and his father, Anthony Cooper, are named after 17th- and 18th-century English philosophers; the real Anthony Cooper was educated as a boy by the real John Locke.
Although in the cast list Sun-Hwa is listed as having her husband's last name of Kwon, in real life it's highly unusual for Korean women to take their husband's last name.
The rocks used in the waterfall cave set are made of rubber so that the sound of the actors, and crew members walking about are not picked up on camera.
The series began development in the summer of 2003 when Lloyd Braun, then the Chairman of ABC, during a meeting of the network's executives pitched the show as a cross between the film Cast Away (2000) and the popular reality TV show Survivor (2000). "Lost" was one of dozens of ideas to emerge from the meeting that got circulated to Hollywood agencies and producers to see if any attracted any interest. A few weeks later, veteran producer Aaron Spelling said he wanted to do "Lost" and ABC ordered a pilot script from a Spelling writer. When the script arrived in December, Braun hated it. A rewrite in January was even worse. Braun then contacted J.J. Abrams, whose series Alias (2001) was a hit for the network. Although initially hesitant, Abrams gave it a go in collaboration with Damon Lindelof. Their script was greenlit, but because it had been commissioned so late in the 2004 development cycle it was under very tight deadlines. Ironically, before the pilot aired Lloyd Braun was sacked by ABC's parent company, Disney - for greenlighting such an expensive and risky project.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje came up with his own character's name, "Mr. Eko", while he and the writers were developing the character.
Parts of the plane were used as percussion instruments and can be heard in the soundtrack.
The only member of the principal cast who didn't have to audition for a role was Terry O'Quinn, with whom J.J. Abrams had previously worked on the second season of Alias (2001).
Season 1 has some similarities to William Golding's novel 'Lord of the Flies'. The novel's basic premise is that a plane crashes on a remote island and the only survivors is a group of schoolboys. The group eventually splits into two factions, one staying on the beach waiting for rescue, the other moving to a rocky area with designs on being on the island long-term. Just like the survivors in the early season, the boys in the novel try to maintain a signal fire in hopes of being rescued. One of the characters in the novel is named Jack, who is a leader of sorts but a much less sympathetic one (the character Jack in the TV series is more like the novel's Ralph). Also, there is a character similar to Hurley called Piggy, who is overweight and whose real name is never revealed (Hurley's real name Hugo is mentioned for the first time later on). The TV character John Locke resembles the novel's Simon. Also, in both stories there are rumors about a monster on the island.
In the original description for Kate, she was a slightly older woman separated from her husband, who went to the bathroom in the tail-section of the plane. However, that idea ended up being used for the character Rose.
Andrea Gabriel (Nadia) and Lillian Hurst (Carmen Reyes) are the only performers that appear in every season but never on the island.
Jeremy Davies researched his character so deeply that some of the equations Faraday writes for Desmond on the flashbacks in season 4 were written by Davies himself.
The very first scene filmed on the show was the one in Lost: Pilot: Part 1 (2004) when Charlie was confronted by Cindy, the flight attendant, seconds before the plane crashed. Kimberley Joseph who played Cindy, spoke the very first lines of the show's production.
Yunjin Kim originally thought that Sun was too stereotypical and submissive, but agreed to take the role after being convinced by series co-creator J.J. Abrams.
The basic premise of the series is very similar to one of the Tintin graphic novels, "Flight 714". In the novel, a substitute for flight 714 is hijacked and taken to a volcanic tropical island, where the characters discover underground architecture and tunnels, and face various threatening and surreal situations whilst carrying guns and taking / becoming hostages. In this series, the cast discover the hatches, arm themselves with guns, and get into similar hostage situations with the Others. Also, flight 714 was flying to Sydney, Australia - the departure of Oceanic Flight 815.
In France, it is known as "Lost: Les Disparus". The additional French tag is due to a governmental ruling that imposes the use of French in all titles. "Les disparus" literally translates to "the missing" but 'disparus' means; gone, missing, vanished, lost, extinct, dead or departed. Depending on context.
Charlie's shoulder tattoo reads, "Living is easy with eyes closed". This is a lyric from the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles.
Jorge Garcia, Matthew Fox and Dominic Monaghan all auditioned originally for the part of Sawyer as the other characters had not been developed yet.
After Aaron is born, John Locke calms his crying by wrapping him snugly on a cloth, a practice known as "swaddling," which was done throughout the world for centuries. Locke tells Claire that young babies actually like to feel restricted. The real John Locke was actually a harsh critic of the practice of swaddling, and his criticisms actually led to its decline throughout Europe.
Daniel Dae Kim, who is of Korean descent, played a character of Korean descent for the first time in his career. He had previously played Asian characters of other nationalities or characters of unspecified origin but not of his own heritage. Speaking Korean was a challenge as he had not done it much since his childhood, and some viewers noted after the first episodes that it wasn't correct Korean. Carlton Cuse later joked it was 'country Korean'.
The name Richard Alpert is a name reference to the real life ex-Harvard psychologist Dr. Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass).
In original drafts for the show, Rousseau's team of scientists were studying time. The network decided not to include it in the show, in case the viewers would think it too science fiction and stop watching.
On the show, there are places and/or objects that align closely to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The original wonders (and their counterparts on "Lost" are: 1) The Great Pyramid of Giza (the inner building inside The Others' Temple is a pyramid); 2) Hanging Gardens of Babylon (the Orchid Station houses a hanging garden); 3) Colossus of Rhodes (like the Rhodes Colossus, the large Statue of Taweret that once stood on the island was also a giant, oceanside monument); 4) Temple of Artemis (The Others' Temple); 5) Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (The resting place of "Adam and Eve"); 6) Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Statue of Taweret); 7) Lighthouse of Alexandria (Jacob's lighthouse).
While season 3 was on the air and the ratings were somewhat declining, ABC approached the writers and asked them to set an end date for the show, and how many more episodes they needed to conclude the series on their own terms. After thinking about it, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse said they needed two additional seasons of 24 episodes, so 48 episodes remaining. The studio preferred 3 more seasons, so as a compromise, they decided to split the remaining 48 episodes over three more shorter seasons. Lindelof and Cuse claim they always wanted the show to be no longer than five or six seasons.
The shirt that Sawyer wears that has a fish on it is from an actual restaurant. One of the show's creators went to Humpy's in Alaska and liked the logo so much he wanted to use it on the show. They didn't get permission to use it until much later so they took the logo from the site and made their own. No one at Humpy's knew how it got onto the show until much later.
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have said the Spanish sci-fi movie Timecrimes (2007) was a big inspiration for them when writing the time travel storyline.
Evangeline Lilly (Kate) and Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) dated from 2004-2009. Monaghan starred as the hobbit Meriadoc Brandybuck in three Lord of the Rings movies and Lilly went on to star as the elf Tauriel in two of The Hobbit movies.
ABC opted not to fly the intact N783DL to Hawaii first before dismantling it. Instead, ABC dispatched 40 production workers to Mojave to disassemble and ship the aircraft pieces. Dismantling took about 5 days in February 2004.
Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse told Entertainment Weekly magazine that the names of the characters Daniel Faraday and George Minkowski are references to the scientists Michael Faraday and Hermann Minkowski, respectively. Michael Faraday was a physicist and chemist who contributed to our understanding of electromagnetism, while his fictional namesake is a physicist whose experimental work had involved magnetism. Hermann Minkowski was a mathematician and experimental physicist whose work helped explain Einstein's special theory of relativity in the context of four dimensional space-time (which often figures in postulations and theories about how time travel might work), while his fictional namesake actually is a time traveler.
Every season finale has been written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and directed by Jack Bender.
Jorge Garcia was cast as Hurley after J.J. Abrams saw him in Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000).
108: the total of minutes left to enter the numbers into the computer each time is actually equal to the total of minutes of the Gagarin's flight.
John Locke was a 17th-century English philosopher who described the human being as "tabula rasa" - translated as "unwritten sheet" or "empty canvas" - at birth. It's obvious that the creators of the show were inspired by this when creating the character Locke.
Forest Whitaker was originally offered the role of Sawyer early on, but declined in order to direct First Daughter (2004).
The original name of Charlie's band was "The Petting Zoo". This had to be changed, however, when it transpired that there really is a band called "The Petting Zoo".
Jungle scenes depicting open, grassy pasture areas at the foot of jagged cliffs were filmed in Kaaawa Valley (first season).
ABC picked up the show before there even was a script. J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof had only turned in an outline and based on this ABC picked up the show.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire Littleton), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte Lewis), Jorge Garcia (Hugo "Hurley" Reyes), Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet Burke), and Naveen Andrews (Sayid Jarrah) all starred in Once Upon A Time: Emilie as Belle, Rebecca as Zelena, Jorge as Anton, Elizabeth as Ingrid, and Naveen as Jafar( once upon a time Wonderland ). Lana Parilla (The Evil Queen) also guest starred on the Lost season 3 finale.
The first episode debuted on ABC with 18.65 million viewers. The second episode attracted 16.33 million viewers.
The part of Charlie was originally written for someone much older, but when Dominic Monaghan auditioned, the writers and producers loved him so much that they set about re-writing the part to Dominic's strengths.
The airline in this show that flew the ill-fated flight is called "Oceanic", a name that has been used before in films (Executive Decision (1996)) and in many other made-for-TV movies.
The symbol that Claire wears around her neck is the Chinese character for "love". Japanese kanji often use Chinese characters and this is often mistaken for Japanese.
The Chinese tattoo on Jack's shoulder means "Eagles cleave the air", which originally comes from a poem by Chairman Zedong Mao. The tattoo is written into the series, but stated to mean something else.
There are countless references to Star Trek throughout. In a season 1 episode, Boone makes a comment to Locke about "Red Shirts" on Star trek. Lock replies that he has never seen an episode of Star Trek. Terry O'Quinn, who plays John Locke, guest-starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Pegasus (1994) as Admiral Eric Pressman. Numerous other Lost actors have also been Star Trek actors. Series creator J.J. Abrams later directed Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).
Executive Producer Carlton Cuse does the narration for the advertisements for The Hanso Foundation.
The majority of post-pilot beach scenes are filmed along a more remote, secluded stretch of Oahu's famous North Shore. The sandy shoreline is not private but the access is off the beaten path.
Claire Littleton loves peanut butter, but Emilie de Ravin, who plays her, is allergic to it.
Terry O'Quinn (John Locke), Jorge Garcia (Hugo "Hurley" Reyes), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin Kwon), Rebecca Madder (Charlotte Lewis) and Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume) have all starred in Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
The number 42 is the last number in the series of mysterious numbers that is central to the plot. In The X-Files (1993) Agent Mulder saw Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 42 times. He also lives in apartment #42. The number 42 is also the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything from Douglas Adams' novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"; the writers have admitted that this was the reason why they chose 42 as one of the numbers.
The fictional show Exposé (where Nicky worked) is actually an inside-joke from the writer crew. Writers and producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz started to vaguely develop Exposé to switch off from the complex Lost universe.
Jack Shephard is the character with the most "centric" episodes of any of the show's characters, a total of 19. Also, Matthew Fox is the actor who appeared in the most episodes, 109 out of 120 (including episodes with two/three parts).
The airplane pieces on the beach, depicting the doomed flight from Sydney, are the remnants of a Lockheed Tristar L-1011. She began service for Eastern Airlines (N308EA) in 1972 and was retired by Delta Airlines (N783DL) in 1998 having racked up a total of 28,822 landings and 58,841 flight-hours.
N783DL was bought by Thompson's Aviation Warehouse (Mojave, CA) for $50,000. ABC/Touchstone purchased it for about $200,000.
The song played by Desmond in the final minutes before the islanders open the hatch is "Make Your Own Kind of Music" by Cass Elliot, and the song listened to by Juliet in season 3 is "Downtown" by Petula Clark. However, the CD case Juliet pulls the disc from is from Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues" album.
When the numbers were introduced they consciously chose ones which could have significance within the mythology of the show. For example, John Locke had been paralyzed for four years while the numbers 8 and 15 were part of the flight number of the crash plane.
Several actors with characters ranging from minor to major in this show go on to play large roles in Sons of Anarchy (2008): Jeff Kober (Mayor Jacob Hale), Harold Perrineau (Damon Pope), Theo Rossi (Juice), Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller), Robin Weigert (Ally Lowen), and Titus Welliver (Jimmy O'Phelan)
The symbol on Boone's shirt is the Chinese symbol for the number 84. Reversed the number is 48, the exact number of survivors of the plane crash.
In season 3 Juliet chose a Stephen King book, Carrie, for the book club to read. After Lost, Jack Bender, the show's main director, who directed the largest amount of episodes on the show, directed a large amount (the largest on the show, too) on Stephen King's show Under the Dome (2013).
Mokuleia Beach is near Oahu's northwest tip (Kaena Point). Kaaawa Valley is over 30 miles away on the island's eastern coast.
Both L. Scott Caldwell (Rose) and Daniel Roebuck (Arzt) played U.S. marshals in The Fugitive (1993).
Several characters were reconceived during the casting process. Charlie was originally inspired by Bill Nighy's performance in Love Actually and was supposed to be an over the hill rock star. When Dominic Monaghan auditioned they reworked the role as a younger man. Sawyer was originally conceived of as a slick big city con man, but the producers liked Josh Holloway's audition so much that they reworked the character as a sexy Southerner. Kate was originally supposed to be a 30-something business woman who had lost her husband in the crash. They eventually cast a younger Evangeline Lilly as Kate and decide to portray her as a criminal.
Shannon Rutherford, Daniel Faraday and Eloise Hawking are named after famous physicists.
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have declared themselves fans of Deadwood (2004) at various times, and several actors from the show appeared on Lost, like Kim Dickens, Paula Malcomson, John Hawkes, William Sanderson, Robin Weigert and Titus Welliver.
Hugo Reyes is teased several times for not losing large amounts of weight on the island, although actor Jorge Garcia was noticeably thinner after the pilot episode. He had already lost 30 lbs. prior to the show's filming and continued losing weight because of the demand of the filming. However, LOST producers asked him to maintain a consistent weight for the sake of production, not only because of the show's relatively slow timeline (the first three seasons cover about 100 days) but also allowed them, over the seasons, to seamlessly film multiple flashbacks to Hurley's life shortly before the crash and show him looking the same.
Jeremy Davies who plays Daniel Faraday, Patrick Fischler who plays Phil, and Sean Whalen who plays Frogurt also appear in the disaster movie Twister (1996).
The mysterious numbers (4 8 15 16 23 42) are also retired uniform numbers of the New York Yankees (Gehrig/Berra&Dickey/Munson/Ford/Mattingly/Jackie Robinson - all MLB teams, and Mariano Rivera).
A couple of the characters were invented to accommodate actors who the producers liked. Yunjin Kim had originally auditioned for the role of Kate. They did not like her for that role but wanted to work with her so much that they created the role of Sunn for her. Jorge Garcia originally auditioned for the role of Sawyer but the producers created the role of Hurley for him.
The series used rotating directors to allow multiple episodes to be in production at the same time. An extra on the series 3 DVD called "Lost in a Day" showed how seven episodes were in production on the same day.
Writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were very sparing with details of the characters' backstories, only divulging them when absolutely necessary. For instance, Terry O'Quinn initially had no idea why his character was in a wheelchair.
Actor Harold Perrineau who played Michael Dawson in the series had also had been in a survival film with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. The 20th Century Fox feature film from 1997 "The Edge"