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Michael Keaton Reveals Why He Passed on 'Lost'

originally posted January 9, 2005

In an interview with "Access Hollywood," actor Michael Keaton reveals that he passed on Matthew Fox's role in ABC's "Lost."

Keaton says that "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams approached him about the possibility of playing the character of "Dr. Jack Shepard." "He told me what 'Lost' was and I thought it was a really intriguing idea," says Keaton.

Keaton says he was thinking about doing it until Abrams called to let him know that "Dr. Jack Shepard," who was slated to die in the first episode of the original pilot, would instead be a series regular. "I said, 'I'll seriously consider it, send me the script,'" says Keaton. "He said, 'No, we're keeping the guy alive,' and I said, 'Oh, ok, well I can't do that.'"

Despite the success of "Lost," Keaton says he knows he made the right decision. "I wouldn't do it if the guy was going to be in the show every week," he says. "An hour show every week... I've got stuff to do, I've got a life to lead. When would I fish?"

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