Nestor Carbonell Article

Thanks to thedemonhog for the heads up on this article with Nestor Carbonell in which he confirms he is contracted for 9 Episodes this season. This is quite an old interview but I’d not seen it before and was the first time I’d seen confirmation as to the number of episodes he would appear in.

Cuban-American actor Nestor Carbonell told Efe that his new experience of playing the mayor of Gotham City in the latest big-screen installment of the “Batman” saga was like “living a dream.”

Straightforward, friendly and with a permanent smile on his face, and known for his role on the ABC television series “Lost,” Carbonell said that he was finding it hard to hide his happiness at being at one of the best moments in his career to date and now he is enjoying the anticipation being generated by “The Dark Knight,” which premieres July 18.

“I received a (text message) from my manager during a break in the filming of ‘Lost’ in Hawaii,” Carbonell recalled. “The director (Christopher Nolan) wanted some of my material, and we sent him takes of ‘Smoking Aces’ and two days later the part was mine. It was like a dream.”

In the film, the 40-year-old native New Yorker portrays the mayor of a marred city that witnesses the birth of a terrible villain, the Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger.

“He’s an idealistic guy … (but) corruption … forced him to compromise his principles to a certain extent. He’s rigid, conceited, he thinks he has the power and is not content with what Batman’s doing although they have the same enemy,” Carbonell explained regarding his role. “He’s a character with a spark.”

A mayor of Hispanic origin in a megalopolis? That might bring the figure of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to many people’s minds.

“No, there’s no resemblance to him,” Carbonell said laughing. “I didn’t think of him at the time I played (the character) but sure there are connections, although for Nolan it was just by chance, because (my) character doesn’t speak Spanish and I don’t have an accent when I speak English.”

Carbonell is very popular on “Lost” for his character of Richard Alpert, a mysterious man who never ages and whom the actor has signed a contract to play in nine episodes during the show’s fifth season.

“I love the series. I have so interesting and so complete a character … The secrets the creators are keeping are held back even from the cast,” the actor admitted.

During the interview with Efe, Carbonell spoke about his work with the same passion with which he discusses his Spanish roots – from his grandparents – and he commented on the improvement in the Los Angeles Lakers since the arrival of Spaniard Pau Gasol.

Currently, Carbonell is focused on raising money to make a film from the screenplay he wrote based on the book “Contra toda esperanza,” by Cuban political prisoner Armando Valladares.

Having fulfilled one of the dreams of his youth, screenwriting, Carbonell said to Efe, “In reality, I want to do what you do. Shall we change places?”

Source: Notiemail

Damon Lindelof And Carlton Cuse Chat Log

Thanks to the TheGlassEye for the following

I just found the following live chat transcript on CHUD.com. The author of the article gets lots of industry journalism-level access to things and it looks like he got the chance to chat with Damon and Carlton about the Lost S4 DVD and some tidbits about S5! I will warn you that there’s a bit of strong language.

It’s over! Here’s the complete chat log from today’s Lost event with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

I’m sitting in a chat room with Lost creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse right now, chatting about the Lost Season 4 DVD/Blu-Ray and the upcoming fifth season of the hit show. I’m presenting you with the live questions and answers as they happen! Keep checking back for the next hour or so to get the first word on Lost season 5!

As Lindelof and Cuse answer questions, I’m getting to watch special features from the season 4 DVD. Playing right now is an amazing feature, a TV conspiracy special about the Oceanic 6. The basic conceit is that the producers of the show don’t believe the Oceanic 6’s story, and they’ve gone into great detail to debunk it. They even compare Jack’s hair on the day he boarded the plane to the day he washed up with the other survivors! It’s a very in-depth, very cool special feature. I’ve been feeling down on DVD features – too many people are doing cookie cutter bullshit – but this makes the purchase worth it, to me.

Q: By having shorter seasons now, do you feel the storytelling has become much easier — or do you feel regret and often go “man, it would be great to have three more episodes?”

Damon Lindelof: The storytelling has never been easy… but we’ve always felt that “less is more.” The complaint that we got most often in the first couple seasons of the show is that we were not moving the story forwards fast enough — “stalling” — which, unfortunately, is a necessary tactic when you’re doing 25 episodes a year. The truth is that we actually liked those episodes low on incident (“Claire sends a message on a bird, anyone?”), but the show is much more fun to write when we can just power through and give you guys a hearty meal as opposed to a zillion little courses that never quite get you full.

Source: Chud