Thursday, May 04, 2006
Did "Lost" Off Two Stars For Drunk Driving?
The producers say no and even tried a preemptive strike against what they assured were inaccurate assumptions. A few thoughts. Did they rip up the storyline of such a complicated series and write out to characters simply because they disapproved of drunk driving? No, of course not. But Michelle Rodriguez has been the target of intense criticism since her character was introduced. (In perhaps the weakest flashback of all, she was a cop who refused to testify against a criminal that assaulted her and then turned around and murdered him in cold blood when he was released. Her mom, of course, was the chief of police.) And Hurley's girlfriend (who may not even be dead) was pretty damn weak as an actress too. Both of them had separate drunk driving arrests on the same night. Poorly fleshed out characters that the fans hated and actresses that were more troouble than they were worth. In TV Guide this week, Rodriguez's lawyer says she took the brief jail time over community service so she could get right back to work -- which hardly makes sense when her work was over. And in the CNN story, the producers don't simply say this was the storyline they were following all along. They say that when Rodriguez came on board she told them she was a "free spirit." That implies it was her decision to leave a hit series she'd just joined. And that doesn't wash at all.