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Harold Perrineau clarifies his comments

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2008 12:03PM

PerrineauYou knew that Harold Perrineau's comments were going to cause a bit of controversy. You also knew that he would have to clarify some of the comments a few days later. Here is that clarification.

The Lost star admits to Entertainment Weekly that "I should probably think more before I say things," referring to comments he made that he was irritated with how producers deal with black characters on the hit ABC show and the fact that Michael couldn't be redeemed and have a happy ending with son Walt. He explains that he was just making an observation as a black man and that he wasn't angry at how the story played out, he was just disappointed. He loved working with the cast and crew and wouldn't be surprised if he came back to the show in the future. He also lists his three favorite and least favorite moments on the show.

My prediction? We haven't seen the last of Michael. He'll be back on the show some way, somehow.

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THE BEAR

I've just read some comments badmouthing Perrineu's performance or his personality and I can't believe how blind and stupid some of you are.

To tell the truth one of my few reasons to still watch LOST for the fourth season was actually Harold's comeback. I love the actor and his acting on "Oz" was something unbelievable. Actually, his character Michael can directly convey the quality of the whole show. The first season was great! The castaways' "Robinson Crusoe" thing combined with mystical elements was truly a great cocktail. And Michael's storyline was superb as well. Then, after the primal success of LOST, came the bull..it and off downhill did the plot surrounding Michael and Walt go. I question the whole oversophistication and incredibly annoying plotlines the creators took. For instance the introduction of a mystical French woman, who somehow got on the island and her colleagues were killed off by some virus. She took my major interest in the first season, but what happened then? In seasons 2-4 she has just become secondary, no third-rate character, until her meaningless and absurd death... And the plotline of the second season? The introduction of "The Hatch" was something unearthly. As if it held all the clues to the suspense of the island and then suddenly the altar-hatch explodes and appears to have been nothing important whatsoever! And Desmond's storyline? (I'm shouting now!) A man chooses to sail the seven seas to prove his love and determination and gets stranded on an island and does his best to come back home to his love, who, at the same time, miraculously looks for him all around the world and just can't believe he's dead for hell knows how long... What is this, "Sinbad" and "Odyssey" combined with fairy tales for 3-year-olds? Charley says he can't swim in the first season while in the third he's diving his way to an underwater station, yet still manages to drown after he reaches it? Hurley get introduced with the whole "Number" mystery and since that time the numbers have been addressed so poorly and indifferently like they mean nothing at all! The biggest mystery isn't what exactly do the numbers mean, but how can a half-tonne weighing "dude" survive plane, helicopter crashes, armed skirmishes. Now that is one big, billion dollar worth mystery! Black Swartznegger survives the plane crash for he has a purpose to try and build a church and finally, whilst dying, drop down a carved stick near his corpse which appears to have meant nothing at all! A smoke MONSTER is only able to hurt one marine of the bunch, but some tramps with slingshots can slay all of them? A nondescript "other", who goes wandering in the jungle, becomes one of the most important characters, plus a Rambo clone, able to kill two armed Arab soldiers in a matter of seconds? (I love Rambo, but at the same time think that Stallone is a way better candidate for the part than the Four-eyed Emerson). And most importantly there is nothing to be interested about in LOST anymore, since the main characters have already left the island which I think was/shoud have been the main plotline of the show. The show has changed so dramatically that it lost all the values it had received its "Emmy" for. It now is like Britney Spears, which shaved her head bald, showing a sign of her ultimate career downfall (not that Britney was ever good, though).

Therefore the pathetic storyline of Michael in season four and his lame demise doesn't surprise me at all. I wish Perrineu best of luck in future projects and for people who share some of my thoughts, the gourmets of cinema and TV, I could only recommend buying DVDs of some of the greatest shows ever, like "The Wire", "The Sopranos", "The Corner", "Six Feet Under", "Deadwood", "Rome" (Basically the best of HBO, not that I show any unconditional favouritism to HBO) and to look forward to future projects like "Generation Kill" or movie "Lovely bones". And for those who love "Lost" and hate me to the bone? Go ahead and watch it further, you have your taste and I have mine. That's just the thing with pop culture, it really is popular, but it isn't necessarily good...

June 06 2008 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CRVBOY

He just needs to go away.

June 04 2008 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PORSCHE

I would like to see a happy ending...but for Walt not Michael. Maybe Hurley can teach Walt how to play chess with the island dead.

June 04 2008 at 12:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

I agree, Micheal's storyline is a joke and the actor is an asshole.

"I came back just to be killed off? I didn't know I was being killed off until shortly before shooting the episode."

He's a dummie. When he returned it was clear that he just came back to die.

I hope we never ever see him again, I can't stand the character and now I can't stand the person.

June 03 2008 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bash

Hm I guess I have to agree having said something like this with about eight times of your amount of words ^^;

June 03 2008 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

I hate this character. Hope Michael never comes back. They didn't kill of the 'black characters,' they killed Michael. Rose & Walt--and their associated storylines--are still in play, and I welcome them.

June 03 2008 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Akbar Fazil

Well, they did Kill Ecko (he wanted off the show for personal reasons) and the Other Ms. Klugh.

June 03 2008 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bash

Eko's storyline was limited from the get-go. The actor wanted a definite stint on the show because he has a nice movie career going.

Besides, I really think that now that Michael has returned and gone again we will see a lot more of Walt. They managed to get him back on the show via the flash forwards. He still has some mysterious gift that needs some explanation.

June 03 2008 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pacheco

I really hope something happens with his storyline, or at least Walt's. I was jazzed the first season when there were subtle and not-so-subtle hints that Walt had some sort of mind-control thingy going on, and I'd be really disappointed if it isn't somehow explored further.

June 03 2008 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blair M

The fact that most fans blew it out of proportion without actually reading the interview, which was tame aside from that one relatively unsubstantiated racism comment, is the worst part of this whole debacle.

June 03 2008 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bash

Let's just say I read the whole thing and we all know how much I commented about it.

Do you feel better now? Because I actually do tend to make informed decisions and do _think_ before I comment yet I still manage to make point that annoy the hell out of others.

I mean what do you expect nowadays? Not even the people who work for news companies fact-check anymore - websites are getting their news off of other websites and re-produce the angle of others towards a story, publishing it withing minutes after reading a newsblurb and always chose the angle that is the most distorting and falsifying.

You can't really blame the readers for falling into that scheme as well.

But again: I read before I wrote and still people walked all over me on that thread ^^;

June 03 2008 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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