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Harold Perrineau not happy about his stint on Lost

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2008 3:38PM

PerrineauYou have to give Harold Perrineau points for being brutally honest.

The Lost star, who (spoiler!) blew up last night in the season finale of the show, can't believe that he came back to the show only to be killed off. In fact, his exact words about the decision to kill off Michael are "...what the hell? I came back for that?!"

Perrineau didn't know he was getting killed off until he got a phone call from the producers right before he received the script for the season finale. He's also unhappy that they didn't give Michael and Walt a happy ending. But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview with TV Guide's (but not for long) Michael Ausiello is where Perrineau says the show doesn't know how to treat black characters...

Listen, if I'm being really candid, there are all these questions about how they respond to black people on the show. Sayid gets to meet Nadia again, and Desmond and Penny hook up again, but a little black boy and his father hooking up, that wasn't interesting? Instead, Walt just winds up being another fatherless child. It plays into a really big, weird stereotype and, being a black person myself, that wasn't so interesting.

Do you think he has a point? Producer Carlton Cuse says that isn't the case at all and that the show has a diverse cast. Perrineau did have positive experiences from being on the show, including filming in Hawaii and meeting one of his best friends, Daniel Dae Kim.

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Lucas

um yeah, would you mind maybe putting the spoiler warning in the title next time? It's really easy to read too fast when the spoiler is right next to the actual warning.

June 05 2008 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eb

Exaclty my point, Bash, he's one of the few people who came to the island without anything to "atone" for. His girlfriend suckered him out of his kid's life and he was still a gentleman toward her and when he finally got his son, he would do anything to keep him from harm. (in my book that's a good parent, no matter what else he may be)

While on the island he BECAME a bad person by putting his won needs above others. (Killing people and betraying his community in the name of saving his son.) So now, even though he can't have his Walt in his life, Michael has kept him safe and he's sacrificing himself to help the people he hurt.

His character has made a complete arc and he's back where he started as a good guy. Now he can RIP.

I really don't see why people don't like this charcter, he's pretty interesting.

June 04 2008 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eb

He kinda does have a point. Black guys have it pretty bad on this show (and I'm a white female so don't clobber me) this other point was valid too: with all the "bad" fathers on this show I reallllly wanted to see the one guy who IS a good parent get a happy ending. but I guess he kind of made up for the bad things he did, so he completed his character arc and he's at peace. He will be missed:(

June 01 2008 at 4:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bash

Nice to see that you consider someone who murdered three people and back-stabbed his friends a good father. Yeah I see it now too. Michael was such a good guy he needed forgiveness for being so selfish. What a great example he is. *eyeroll*

Seriously, I would not mind Michael returning to the show, especially if Walt has a special gift of some sort (like Hurley who now talks to dead people like the new guy). I would love to see him making peace with his father after he sacrificed himself and therefor redeemed himself.

But honestly, without dying Michael wouldn't have gotten his redemption and wouldn't have been a good father - or better a father who did horrible things and now did good to even the score. Please don't say he's one of the good guys, because he clearly wasn't up until the explosion of the boat.

June 03 2008 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DRush76

What a hypcrite! Sawyer managed to murder three people in a space of two months and yet you failed to brand him as a "bad man". And Michael murdered one person and accidentally killed another. Get your facts straight.

January 06 2012 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
elle

stirring debate, but i must agree with those who pointed out the actor in question signed a contract which must have had a clause about how long his services were needed. Also, his was a weak character from the start. Not in the same league as Mr. Ecko. But then again, he knew that before he came back. Quit complaining. As for the racism mentioned, does anyone remember Trinity Baptist Church which is becoming famous for its racism towards WHITES? I am white and grew up a minority in a black neighborhood. There are lots of blacks who hate white people, not all of course, and why is that such a surprise?

June 01 2008 at 3:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DRush76

But there hasn't been any institutional racism towards whites in this country and in the movies and television . . . have there?

January 06 2012 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Wouldn't be racism to leave him on the show because he is black?

June 01 2008 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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eb

Good point ;)
I really don't think race had anything to do with him getting let go. I realize that this is all a part of the storytelling, but it just seems like bad things happen to black males on the island. Now that it appears that waaallt is comming back to the island, that may not be the case.

June 04 2008 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rusty Viewer

Michael hasn't been killed off. Perrineau has been told to PRETEND TO BE UPSET to put fans off the scent.

When Jack's Dad said to Michael it was time to go, he was teleported out just as Jac's Dad was teleported in.

May 31 2008 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NATE

Ha another black person playing the race card....like someone said the guy was a douche and the most unlikeable character in the show....he got what he deserved, i hope he is dead for good....you blacks need to get over yourselves and stop blaming everybody else for your problems, it's pathetic..."bold and insightful stance" that's a joke and your a joke....get a life....and romeo and juliet sucked.....but this is one of the best shows on tv next to entourage....love it

May 31 2008 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jmt

Nate, slavery was the problem in the past that has had a domino effect on the present. It is not so much about blaming others for our problems as it is about us understanding how we got to where we are today. Whether Perrineau is right or wrong he still has a right to voice what he feels is an injustice. The pathetic thing would be to feel like you have been wronged and say nothing about it.

June 01 2008 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josh

Like a few others said, I didn't think Michael died when the freighter blew up. Walt remarked that his dad was one of the people who stayed on the island, and as we all know Christian told Michael, "He could go" right before the explosion. My first thought was that Michael would appear back on the island as did Desmond after he blew up the hatch; however, i'm not sure now with all this fuss from Harold.

May 31 2008 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzy

I was thinking that Michael may have escaped as perhaps did Jin, but it was sad to see him go. Maybe it was Walt's height development that threw their storyline off track. When the show first came on, it was good to see blacks in pivotal roles with forward thinking characterization. The storyline of him being an artist and his wife a lawyer who goes off with another lawyer, to Holland I think, was different. Plus, it was different seeing Walt initially growing up with his mother there.

I thought Michael, Walt and their dog Vincent, brought some semblance of a family to the crash survivors, who had issues, nevertheless, but were moving towards some sort of reconciliation. Then Walt had to go and "GROW", which totally changed the dynamics. And I'm assuming possibly threw off the producers and writers.

All is not lost, no pun intended, but things have a way of transforming into something else. That's the neat thing about this show. There are two more years, who knows what will happen to Walt, Michael & Vincents' storyline, or for that matter all of the other black members of the cast.

Maybe, Rose & Bernard's story will come back into the fold. It is true that a number of black cast members have been killed off, but Abaddon has been added and Walt's grandmother, however limited the part. But I have to say that this show has one of the more diverse casts in television. That's another reason to care about the show.

So congratulations to the cast & crew, for giving us a wonderful turn around season, and hopefully things will work out for all concerned. This is a special show, of which we haven't seen the likes of before, so here's to staying on track & to continuing the final 2 seasons in the tradition of season 4!!!

May 31 2008 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

People don't seem to be staying dead on this island for long, so maybe Harold should rethink his comments, fast- or else his character really *will* be dead. Permanently.

May 31 2008 at 1:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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