The most enthralling mystery that “Lost” has ever spun had nothing to do with hatches, polar bears, or even smoke monsters, but rather with what happened to actor Matthew Fox.
After his anticipated final onscreen performance in the horror western “Bone Tomahawk,” the actor went on to star in a handful of films, including “World War Z” and “Extinction,” before departing Hollywood entirely.
Fox addressed the long-standing speculation regarding why he put his acting career on hold in Peacock’s upcoming apocalyptic series “Last Light” ahead of his return to television in Peacock’s upcoming apocalyptic series “Last Light.”
According to Variety, the actor remarked on his self-imposed retirement from acting, “I’ve basically spent seven years living my life with my family and pursuing things that I’m passionate about.” “However, storytelling is in my DNA in some manner, and I felt like I needed to reengage with this style of storytelling to see how it felt.” And I’m really glad I did because it’s been great.”
Fox stated that he decided to leave the industry after completing all of the items on his bucket list, which included acting in a western film.
“It was kind of finished the bucket list after I did [the movie] ‘Bone Tomahawk’ in 2014,” he stated.
The 55-year-old actor, who is married to Margherita Ronchialso and has two children, said he prioritizes family time over movie assignments.
“Our kids were at an age in my life where I felt like I needed to truly reengage,” he stated. “I had been focused on work for some time, and [my wife] Margherita had been running the family so beautifully,” he says. “But I felt like it was time to be home, and I really felt like I was retiring from the business and working on other creative elements that are very personal to me — some music and writing.”
Fox returned to his first television role since “Lost” ended over a decade ago because of the opportunity to both star in and executive produce a show.
“Last Light,” a five-episode drama series based on the same-named novel by Alex Scarrow, follows “a family battling to survive in a world that has been suddenly plunged into disarray,” when the world’s oil supply is abruptly cut off. The series also reunites Fox with director Dennie Gordon, who previously collaborated with him on the film “Party of Five,” which established his career.
“I came to the point where I felt maybe executive producing was on the bucket list,” he added. “I’d never done anything like it before.”
Fox has had a number of personal failures since his days as Dr. Jack Shepard, including a DUI arrest and claims that he attacked a female bus driver.
He refuted her claims, and no charges were ever filed against him, with the driver subsequently abandoning her lawsuit.
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However, an angry tweet from Fox’s “Lost” co-star Dominic Monaghan, in which he claimed that the actor was “beating women,” only added to the poor publicity he was receiving at the time.
Monaghan’s allegations were eventually debunked by Fox, who said in 2012 that it had been a “long, tough year of sitting on my hands on a lot of terrible things said about me.”
“They’re the furthest things from who I am,” he said of the allegations to Men’s Fitness. “In the 46 years that I’ve lived on this world, I’ve never hit a woman.” “I’ve never done it before, and I’ll never do it again.”