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Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly are Finished with TV When 'Lost' Ends

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:35PM
Fox, LillyYou hear it from TV stars all the time: after someone stars on a TV show (especially a popular one that lasts 5 or 7 or 10 years), they say they're never coming back to television again. They want to graduate to the film world and see how things go there. David Caruso could probably warn you against saying that, but TV stars keep saying it anyway.

The latest with that plan are 'Lost' stars Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly. Fox says he's done 300 hours of TV ('Lost' and 'Party of Five') so he wants to move back to the Pacific Northwest to be with his family and try films. Lilly? She wants to quit acting altogether! She says she might work on films, but it could be behind the scenes.

I'm sure they mean it now, but this could change a few years from now if movies aren't going well and/or they're bored. Of course, they've both made a lot of money with 'Lost' and that gives you some career flexibility.

(The last season of 'Lost' launches tonight and we'll have a live chat starting at 7:45pm)

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For them it's hard work? You've got to be kidding. Every time I hear an actor complain about their schedule or long days, all I can think about are our soldiers enduring days on end sleeping on the ground (when they get to sleep), extreme heat and cold, no Kraft food caterers, constant threat of harm or death, being away from their families for months, etc. Also, they do so willingly, without complaint or ego but with honor and dignity at a pay grade not even close to the overpaid, overindulgent "Hollywood" folks. Finally, most hard-working Americans clock in about 2500 hours a year for an average salary. I'll bet Hollywood wouldn't trade places or pay for even one long hard day on a real job.

February 03 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For us it's entertainment; for them it's hard work. Remember the difference. I recall EL said she wanted to be a writer. MF has been saying no more tv for a while. Wish them the best. I'm sure they'll be great at whatever they do and EL is most definitely aging beautifully and gracefully. What an ugly thing to say.

February 03 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember Lily saying this from pretty much day one as well and I'm not even a fan of the show or watch it.

I guess neither one of them had any investments with Bernie Madoff. Lucky.

February 02 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe Lily, since this was her first big gig. Wouldn't blame her is she decided to call the quits after it. After all Lost isn't a normal tv series. They had to uproot everyone to Hawaii to make it. Def see them wanting to take some time off and work on smaller things.

February 02 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i seem to recall that evangeline lilly has been saying this since day one, pretty much.

February 02 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well unless they were careless with their money there's no financial reason for either of them to ever work again. Unless fawning fans are addictive I'd have no problem retiring at their stage of life. Between family and hobbies life could still be full.

February 02 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Too bad about Lily, but she's aging quickly and none to well, either. Maybe she'll prove to have a knack for directing? She deserves to give it a shot, anyway.

February 02 2010 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Daniel M

Are you serious? She is only 30 years old and is a gifted actress. I sincerely hope she does not give up acting.

February 02 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chas Winterbottom

I wish Jay Leno would take a page out of their book.

February 02 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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