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Josh Holloway on LOST

Published February 3, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC
As Lost comes to an end, we wonder how Sawyer is going to fare in the final season. He’s already come such a long way, from the island bad boy to basically the hero of season five, both as Lefleur and as Mr. Juliet. Josh Holloway reflected on his journey as he prepares to play Sawyer for the last time.

Sawyer Talks Lost

“It's just been such a walk of the fine line of discovering his humanity, yet keeping his edge,” Holloway said. “That's been my walk the entire journey. They have put him through every situation possible, emotionally and physically, so that, in itself, was a journey. But it's been enlightening, it's been an honor, and it's been scary, all of that, the growth of Sawyer and the things he was asked to do, especially with the Juliet thing. I really thought the audience might reject that softer side of Sawyer, I guess, so my work as an actor was to walk that line, discovering his humanity but being kind of salty about it. That's been an amazing journey. I wish I could articulate it better, but I can't.”

Also, we all know who Josh Holloway is now because of Lost. That’s a big deal that’s not lost on the actor. “Personally, what can I say? My God. I've had so many life-changing experiences since the show has begun. I've gotten married. I've got my first home, validation as an actor, baby. My God. So I can't say enough about that. It's just been quite a phenomenal journey and an honor.”


When Lost began, who could predict who the major characters would end up being? Holloway had a plan to make sure Sawyer was one of them. “That started when I read the pilot and I was like, ‘This guy's such an asshole. I gotta figure out how to stay alive.’ For me, it started right away. But, no, I had no idea. As a matter of fact, I remember telling my wife, ‘Don't throw away those boxes, because unless he's got another dimension, he's going to be killed quickly.’ So it's been quite a journey, and I had no idea where this character would go or where any of this story would go, quite honestly. But it has been a phenomenal journey for me, and to play the same character, but try two different character perspectives, it's constantly changing, and it's been such an honor to play so many aspects of someone's character makeup, I guess. So that's been a blast for me. I had no idea.”

Now that it’s ending, Holloway revealed the biggest secret of Lost: how to get more screen time. “I like group scenes. They take two, three days to film because you have to cover everyone. But if you position yourself just right, you get to just cut up and have fun most of the time. And then, occasionally you have to do your little part, but I've become quite an artist at positioning myself where I'm mostly just having fun on set all day. I could just insert my little bit in the middle of someone else's close-up, which was great.”

Follow more of Fredís TV observations on Twitter @FredTopel.

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