Category: Damon Lindelof
3. Storyline you didn’t think the fans would love, but they did.
Putting Sawyer and Juliet together. The “LeFleur” episode where we essentially said, we’re not going to give the fans the opportunity to see them flirting with each other and developing feelings over time…we’re just going to stuff it down their faces. We’re going to do a time card so like, they basically travel back in time and then the next time we see them, all within in the span of the same episode, they’ve been living amongst the Dharma initiative for a period of time, and they are now together and they are into each other.
And so it was just sort of like, this is not a build. It’s a law. It has happened. We got excited about that story because we loved Elizabeth Mitchell so much, but as we started talking about it, both Josh [Holloway] and Elizabeth were not happy. They were like, ‘Hey guys, we love you, we trust you, but it ain’t gonna work.’ And Elizabeth was just saying, ‘There is just no chemistry between us, I love Josh as a human being but you have done nothing to build this up. You haven’t laid any of the groundwork.’
And we were like, ‘That’s why we love it so much. It just comes out of nowhere. You just have to totally commit!’ And they were like, ‘We’ll do our best.’ And I just started to have that feeling in my stomach like, this is a real show killer. Like, when you put two beloved characters in an intimate relationship with each other and they don’t have chemistry, you end up making the characters look like fools and you can really piss off the audience. Then we saw the episode, and we said, we think this kind of works! But it could be a complete and utter disaster. And it wasn’t until it aired and the audience was like, ‘OK, we are OK with this, we are going to go down this road. We are now accepting Juliet into this sort of love dynamic that was previously only occupied by Jack, Sawyer and Kate.’
Source: E! (September 22, 2014)
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This is from an interview with Damon Lindelof where he talks about Juliet & Sawyer. <3
When the show wasn’t taking risks, that’s when it wasn’t any fun to write. The problem with taking risks is they’re risks, so you don’t always come up aces. We did this episode called “La Fleur” in the fifth season. The big risk that we took in that episode was, not only that we were going to jump ahead three years in time with all the castaways on the island — who basically got indoctrinated into Dharma — but the big risk was that Sawyer and Juliet were going to be a couple, and you weren’t even going to see it develop. You saw one glimmer of them having a scene together, and in the next one they’re full-on in a relationship. We were just going to fast-forward to it all. When we saw the first cut of that show, we were like, “This is literally going to … it doesn’t work at all. This is going to fail.” But we already shot three episodes beyond this, we were committed. Elizabeth Mitchell and Josh Holloway both told us, “We’re not sure if we can sell this.” Our gut told us that Sawyer and Juliet was going to work if we just give it time and believe in it. It was like Tinkerbell: Just clap your hands, and it’s going to work. Somehow, through the editorial process, we willed that episode into working. But before it aired, we had already started coming up with a plan, as writers, to cut Sawyer and Juliet. We were fairly sure that we had done enough damage control for the episode not to be terrible — but the audience was going to reject that relationship. When they saw the episode, they loved it.
Source: Hollywood Reporter – Thanks Yiyi for the head-up!
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We made the transcription of the event (just the part with Elizabeth and Damon). Enjoy!
Damon: As some of you might or might not know I was a writer on Lost and Elizabeth is the marvellous actress who portrayed doctor Juliet Burke. We thought it would be fun if we did a little role reversal here. Since I never presented an award before, I get to do a little acting. And Elizabeth suggested in turn she get to write what we’re saying right now. How am I doing so far?
Elizabeth: You’re doing really well. Try to, you know, pretend you’re saying the words. Don’t look at the teleprompter so much.
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We’ve created a section in the media video about What Colleagues Say about Elizabeth. There you can find videos with her co-stars, friends and producers who talks about Elizabeth and her characters. We added a couple of new videos .
We’re working on other videos, but if you have something, just link it in the comments here, please!
There are other videos in the media where co-stars talks about Elizabeth, but if they’re on Lost set you’ll find them there.
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