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    http://apnews1.iwon.com/article/20050224/D88F68K80.html

    O'Quinn Finds Belated Stardom on 'Lost'


    Feb 24, 6:33 PM (ET)

    By FRAZIER MOORE


    NEW YORK (AP) - As the mysterious Locke on ABC's suspenseful "Lost," Terry O'Quinn glories in his rich role. Locke, of course, was stranded on a tropical island with dozens of other passengers after their jetliner crashed in the opener. Since then, he has emerged as the series' mystical patriarch, a shamanic presence living his back-to-nature dream after a lifetime spent as a clerical schlub. Or is he just a nut job acting out a long Wild Man Weekend? Or a psycho ready to blow?

    Don't ask O'Quinn, who "Lost" viewers first met planted on the beach silently gazing out to sea. While the camera rolled, "I tried to think of heavy things: 'What does this mean?' That's what I thought. And 'What the hell do we do now?'"

    Months later, he is still not sure if Locke is sinister or noble, delusional or divine - or all the above. And he was as surprised as anyone by perhaps the series' most electrifying episode. Locke, in a flashback before the flight, was revealed to have been a paraplegic. Then, seen in the present on the beach, he rose, almost biblically, to his feet: Somehow he was healed!

    "I didn't even know that I had been handicapped until we shot that episode," O'Quinn says with a laugh.


    What he does know is that "Lost" is a genre-busting smash (by turns thrilling, spooky and tantalizing) that, from its September premiere, had critics agog and viewers snagged. (It airs 8 p.m. EST Wednesday.)

    He also knows that "Lost" is steady, challenging work for a journeyman actor who has waited 30 years for this kind of break.

    A rangy man with a shaved head and a where-have-I-seen-that-guy? kind of face, O'Quinn has been around plenty. Films include 1984's "Places in the Heart," the "X-Files" feature, "Old School" and (in the title role) 1987's horror classic "The Stepfather." He has been on Broadway, and his scads of TV appearances include recurring roles on "JAG,""The West Wing" and the spy series "Alias," which was created by J.J. Abrams, the mastermind of "Lost."

    But as 2004 began, O'Quinn and his wife, Lori, had logged "a couple of years from hell." An actor who has chosen never to live in Los Angeles and long ago took his leave from New York, "I was at home in Maryland, no work, nothing going on. I told Lori, 'We gotta toughen up. We can fold, or we can lean on each other and play the cards that were dealt us.'

    "Then J.J. called about 'Lost.' I said, 'I'll take it' - not a strong negotiation stance.

    "He said, 'You won't have a lot to do in the pilot, but it will develop into a more satisfying role.' I said, 'I'll still take it.' I counted my blessings, and Lori and I flew to Hawaii."

    On "Lost," O'Quinn joined an enormous cast of featured regulars who also include Matthew Fox (as a sexy doctor), Evangeline Lilly (a dishy jailbird), Dominic Monaghan (a rock-star junkie), Jorge Garcia (a fat guy who says "Dude" a lot), Naveen Andrews (a terrorist?) and eight others. In all, there are supposedly 48 refugees trying to gain rescue and, in the meantime, forge some semblance of a civilized community.

    Good luck. Desperation and conflict keep these castaways at odds. Spectral beasts and island cohabitants stalk them. And everyone, it seems, has secrets - secrets to which even the actors aren't privy until each script arrives.

    Otherwise, O'Quinn reports, the show's producers "don't tell anybody much about what's going to happen, or has happened before. But I don't have any problem with that. I go on what I've got. It gives me the freedom to play things the way I want. Then, if they want it another way, I do it another way."

    The series is filmed on Oahu, with five or six of each episode's eight shooting days spent outdoors, often at the beach location on the island's north shore.

    The pilot was shot there a year ago. Then filming resumed July 15, which happened to be O'Quinn's 52nd birthday.

    Revealing his bent for numerology, O'Quinn notes that five and two equal seven, and that July is the seventh month, then reels off other instances of seven looming large in his life.

    "I told Lori, 'Things are at a crossroads. And if "Lost" isn't the crossroads, it's the bridge to the other side.' I believe in fate."

    Fate has been mighty good to "Lost" so far. But even a believer like O'Quinn has kept his head: "I'm always being the old warrior, telling everybody, 'Don't buy a house. Let's be patient and see how it goes. Do good work - that's all.'"

    A native of a small town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, O'Quinn fell into acting in his teens, then, as his college graduation neared, "I didn't want to look for a real job. So I decided to see if I could make it as an actor."

    He met his wife-to-be a few years later, when, appearing in a play in Baltimore, he learned he was cast in Michael Cimino's Western epic "Heaven's Gate." With a sudden need for riding lessons, he tracked down Lori, an instructor on her family's farm outside the city.

    Then, when his play closed and he ran out of money waiting to be summoned to Montana to shoot his scenes, he struck a deal with Lori's parents to muck stalls in exchange for a room and more lessons. Three months later, in September 1979, he left to do "Heaven's Gate." In November he and Lori were married. "Heaven's Gate" was a legendary disaster. But they've been together 25 years (which adds up to seven).

    Now, with their two sons off at college, "I feel like we're back to how we were when we first got together," O'Quinn says. On Oahu, they rent a house in the hills "with live boar outside our window and cocks crowing in the morning. It's paradise."

    On the most recent "Lost," Locke declared that "Everyone gets a new life on this island." And that maybe includes the actor who plays him, a long-familiar face who might at last be a star.

    "It would be nice to think about more doors opening, to be able to pick and choose roles," O'Quinn freely admits. "But I'm not anxious to go anywhere else right now. I could do this for a while."

    By his reckoning, at least seven years should be a Locke.

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    Really nice article, Justafan1. When I was sick with the flu a couple of weeks ago, I was watching a QUANTUM LEAP marathon. Who should appear...in a military uniform...but Locke, aka Terry O'Quinn! It was kinda cool, because his character has 'higher up' in the Military, like the Colonel that his moniker was when he was paralyzed. He portrayed a wise, patient man in that episode, too.

    "Since then, he has emerged as the series' mystical patriarch, a shamanic presence living his back-to-nature dream after a lifetime spent as a clerical schlub. Or is he just a nut job acting out a long Wild Man Weekend? Or a psycho ready to blow?" More than any other one on the island, I'd hook up with Locke before Jack or Sawyer. I don't know too many psychos that would have patience with a child, help a stranger with a drug habit and give such wise council. I prefer the description of "shamanic presence", which is exactly how I would have described his character, if I had thought of that apt way of putting it.
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    It may have been mentioned here already but did anyone notice on the TV when Jin went to the apartment that Hurley was on the screen getting into a car? I don't know if it was a show or an add but it definately looked soooo much like Hurley. I will tivo back and freeze frame to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Understood
    It may have been mentioned here already but did anyone notice on the TV when Jin went to the apartment that Hurley was on the screen getting into a car? I don't know if it was a show or an add but it definately looked soooo much like Hurley. I will tivo back and freeze frame to be sure.
    I'm not scolding you about this matter, but we've had a long discussion about Hurley's cameo, and if you go over the past couple pages of posts, you will learn some interesting facts/speculations about his appearance. Well worth the read.

    welcome to the LOST thread, Miss Understood



    •GOOD article about Terry O'Quinn. I'm from northern Wisconsin and have always felt a kinship the U-pers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBug
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    Jin told Sun that he saw Walt set the boat on fire. He tried to put it out, hence his injuries. This is when Sun told them to leave him alone because he didn't start the fire. So not only does Locke know that Walt started the fire, but Jin and Sun do as well. This has me thinking --- does Locke somehow know Korean, and that is how he knew Walt did this? Because he could understand Jin and Sun's conversation? This is also when he tried to divert attention away from Jin and Walt and anyone else by saying there are others on the island who could have been responsible. And this could also be why Jin was willing to take the beating - to save Walt.

    Makes sense to me, CharlieBug. Thanks for posting that.
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    Always remember Terry O'quinn as the mysterious assassin(?) from the X files...

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    I guess I'll weigh in on the Sayid/Shannon romance... I'm not really buying it either, just doesn't seem that likely. When they had him competing with Jack and Sawyer for Kate - that seemed a little more natural, I thought Kate and Sayid seemed a pretty good match. Obviously with the other 2 guys, it was a little too crowded, they moved him out. Now he's a good looking guy and a great character, so they want to cultivate a relationship for him, and Shannon's the only eligible girl left. Perhaps the island can work its magic, and the writers can work theirs and Shannon can change into a more suitable partner for Sayid...

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    So - which character have you "bonded" with the least? (In other words - plot aside - which would you miss least if they were the first main castaway to perish on the island?)

    Oops - editing to include my answer:

    Some days, it's Kate. Other days, it's Michael. Most days, it's Kate.
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    Jin is hard to associate with, but its too easy to choose a non-English speaking character

    Boone is pretty useless, aside from the comedic value whenever he gets his butt kicked. Even his name irks me.... Boone....

    If it wasn't for Locke he'd be dead by now.

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    Thanks for posting the article, Justafan. Very interesting. I think Locke is one of the great characters on TV, and after reading the article, I glad Terrry O'Quinn got a role like that.

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