Exclusive: ‘Robin Hood’ co-star Kevin Durand on his ‘Lost’ character’s creepy charms
By Todd Gilchrist
Kevin Durand is about to be seen nationwide in theaters as Little John, the statuesque sidekick of Russell Crowe’s title character in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Robin Hood.
But he should already be familiar to television audiences thanks to his memorable turn as Keamy, one of the characters that showed up on Lost during the show’s last two seasons to further complicate the lives of the survivors of Oceanic flight 815.
Hollywood News sat down for an exclusive chat with Durand at the Los Angeles press day for Robin Hood, where he revealed a few details about his character, Keamy, and explained that even as a member of the cast, he wasn’t much clearer on what will happen with the show than are its millions of fans. Look for a longer interview with Durand on Hollywood News in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, Robin Hood debuts in theaters May 14, 2010, and the Lost finale is scheduled to broadcast on ABC on May 23, 2010.
Hollywood News: Your character on Lost is almost my favorite on the show this season. On a show like that where there are so many storylines going at once, how much do you know about the repercussions of what your character does? I’m sure there’s only so much you can say, but…
Kevin Durand: There’s only so much I know, to tell you the truth. On Lost I started off as a guest star, and then we all really dug each other. I loved what they were writing and they loved what I was doing, and it was like this wonderful, happy relationship that we had. But with Lost, obviously moreso than [on Robin Hood], I would get my script at nine thirty on the night before I had to go to set and do a page-and-a-half monologue the next morning at eight AM, so I was not as aware of whatever that journey was. Whenever they came to me with the new scenes this season, I was really surprised – pleasantly surprised. I didn’t really know where it was going at the time, but I just know where I am in that scene. I work with a lot of subtext, so a lot of my subtext on that show, no one will ever see, but you always kind of wonder, what the hell – why is he smiling there? What is he thinking about? I’m usually thinking something else, because it’s more interesting, [but] he was on a very intense schedule in order to save his own family – in that subtext.
Hollywood News: The character has this really incredible, unnerving stillness. He doesn’t need to be an over-the-top bad ass, but he can be intimidating. How much of that comes from the page, and how much comes from your development of the role?
Durand: When they originally asked me to be on the show, they allowed me to dance – they gave me the script and I showed up with a very specific idea of who I thought he was. But I was a hockey player, and I had to do a fair amount of using my hands to protect my teammates, or someone pissed me off (laughs). The guys who are the scariest are not the ones going, “I’m going to get you!” The scariest are the ones that are just kind of looking at you and you’re egging them on and they’re like, “alright, let’s go.” You’re like, Jesus! This guy is so confident! I think there’s a lot more power in the stillness of Keamy, and I think that’s why he worked.
Hollywood News: Are you done with your stint on the show? Or are there more flashbacks, flash-sideways, upside-downs?
Durand: As far as I know, for me I think my journey has come to an end on the island. But it was a great journey.
Hollywood News: Did they tell you what the endgame of the show is? Even if you can’t say, did they reveal that Jack becomes a giant statue or something?
Durand: (laughs) Actually, no. I’m just as curious as you are and all of the other fans who are biting their nails and pulling their hair out.
KEVIN DURAND ON “LOST”