The strangest fan encounter I ever had was the guy who stood behind me at Starbucks
John Locke — 6.04, The Substitute
Terry O’Quinn reflects on Locke, LOST, and THAT ending | EW: Inside TV Podcast
O’Quinn told us that people still stop him on the street hoping to crack the code on that character and the show in general. “That’s what people generally stop me for and talk to me about now is LOST,” says O’Quinn. “And sometimes they call me John and that’s fine. And I don’t mind it. I understand what LOST was and I count my blessings. I’m usually happy to talk to people. I don’t think I’ve ever had anybody say anything negative to me about it except ‘I didn’t get the ending. What the hell was that all about?’ And I’m like talk to Damon Lindelof!”
Of course, O’Quinn then adds that “He did a really nice interview a while back. If you were to Google ‘Damon Lindelof talks the end of LOST,’ it may all be explained to you. Although I don’t think it is.”
O’Quinn also reveals that even he did not know at first after John Locke’s death that he was playing the Man in Black inside Locke’s body: “I wasn’t aware of that. At the end of season 4 or something I died. Ben strangled me. He took me out. And the next season I was back. I didn’t know who I was at that point. Nobody told me. But what I thought was, apparently I’m indestructible — because I’m back!”
So once he did find out, how did O’Quinn adjust from playing John Locke to the Man in Black occupying Locke’s body? “It was purely an attitude adjustment,” says O’Quinn. “Kind of as in, like, I don’t give a shit about you now. I did before. But I don’t care about you. I only care about me and I’m willing to do just about anything. I’m still that guy. I’m still John. But that was really the only thing I thought about. He just had a different obsession and he was darker.”
“I was never meant to do anything. Every single second of my pathetic little life is as useless as that button! You think it’s important? You think it’s necessary? It’s nothing… It’s nothing. It’s meaningless. And who are you to tell me that it’s not?”
LOST meme → [1/10] characters
I knew him. John Locke was a believer, he was a man of faith, he was a.. A much better man than I will ever be. And I am very sorry I murdered him.
Why do you find it so hard to believe?
Destiny! This is my destiny!
Don't tell me what I can't do!