You might not know it based on his creepy Lost performance, but the former Benjamin Linus isn’t always immune to surprises — in fact, Michael Emerson has found himself “amazed” by the fact that NBC is moving ahead with a television series starring himself and Lost pal Terry O’Quinn.
Emerson spoke with Entertainment Weekly, providing his first comments on the recently picked up (and tentatively titled) Odd Jobs. In an e-mail interview, the 56-year-old actor expressed his clear enthusiasm about working with O’Quinn again and landing a television gig that was tailor made just for him.
Take it away, Mr. Emerson:
“I really am AMAZED that what started out as some kidding-around on the set of LOST has turned into a network TV reality! I’m still reeling from this sudden turn of events. I’m an actor who has never even succeeded in testing for a pilot and here I find myself involved in a project custom-built for Terry and me! Can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be part of the Bad Robot family and enter into this exciting collaboration with Warner Brothers and NBC! Have we ARRIVED or what?! But best of all will be that day when Terry and I show up on the set of a brand new show, look around, shrug our shoulders and say ‘Let’s get started!’ My fingers are crossed! (Did I use enough exclamation points? Ha!)”
As a big fan of Emerson and O’Quinn, I’m not sure there are enough exclamation points to adequately express how excited I am about the new series. But for some viewers, it might be a bit too soon to divorce these two actors from their iconic Lost roles. Which side of the line do you fall on — are you excited for the return of Emerson and O’Quinn, or do you think the team up is a little too soon?