Matthew Fox To Quit TV After ‘Lost’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:24 pm,

Matthew Fox, who plays flawed hero Dr Jack Shepherd in TV’s phenominal Lost, has said he expects to stop acting in TV once Lost has come to its end after its sixth season next year. His contract keeps him on the show until the end, so any die hard fans (such as myself) can rest assured his wanting to get out of TV won’t affect his future within the show.

Fox said: “I’m pretty sure that will be the last television thing that I will do.” And in talking about his character he added: “We didn’t want Jack to be a classic archetype of a hero, riding in to save the day. People aren’t that way. People have flaws and heroism comes from rising above those flaws.”

In looking forward to his future in acting, Fox let us know that he’d love to play Steve McQueen in a biopic about him (a project which has already been announced but still lacks a star – maybe it’ll swing Fox’s way). He said: “Steve McQueen was pretty f**king cool. He was an action guy and a man of few words and he liked his roles like that.”

Those who call these modern times their main exposure to all things TV may think that Lost is the only thing that Fox has appeared in TV wise. But some of you may remember that he has been working in TV for quite some time, with his first appearance being in the early ’90s. However Lost has undoubtedly given him the role that he will be remembered for (at least for a good few years), and with the amount of time he’s spent working both in it and his other earlier shows, I can fully understand his desire to make the (presumably permanent) jump to movies.

As a lot of you may already know, Fox has been slowly building a decent movie resume for himself over the last couple of years, with roles in such things as Vantage Point, Smokin’ Aces (blink and you’ll miss him), Speed Racer and We Are Marshall. Okay… so maybe he hasn’t made the best role choices when it comes to movies – they’re not terrible, but certainly not as good as his acting ability warrants.

Let’s hope once Lost finishes that he shops around a bit more before committing to a role.

What do you think of Fox leaving TV? Should he set his sights completely on the movie world or should he keep his options fully open, including still doing TV work?

Source: News24

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  1. For some reason I’d love to see Fox take on the character of Matt Murdock/Daredevil if they ever get around to a rebooted Daredevil movie.

  2. This seems sorta like “tough talk” to me.
    Sure, it’s easy to SAY that he’ll say goodbye to TV, but since Lost started it’s not like Hollywood’s been clamouring for him.
    The mere fact that he’s stayed on Lost this long means that he’s not in any great demand in bigger circles.
    Sounds like he needs to hedge his bets…..

  3. Many TV actors have tried this .. few have succeeded. Even less after (stupidly) publicly stating they were done with tv. My prediction: In 5 years he’ll be beggin for a guest appearance and a “Friends'” type tv show.

  4. @Xigbar,

    I don’t think the reason Fox stayed on Lost was because he wasn’t in big demand elsewhere. Without the show he wouldn’t have got the worldwide recognition and love from fans. Whether or not he was in demand whilst Lost was going on, he’d still have stayed on the show (and not just because his contract ties him to it!:P).

  5. I Like his acting and seems like an amicable guy..

  6. It seems like a lack of appreciation. It’s like he did television shows just as a stepping stone to movies.

    I’m not saying that it shouldn’t happen, but it shouldn’t have been like “part of the plan” as if he was simply “using” the very people who gave him a chance. Most people who get starring roles in big shows that lasts seem to express a kind of love or attachment to that show. He just seems too eager to get away from them. I wonder if he didn’t have a good experience with the cast and crew…

    My favorite shows have to be Rome and Stargate SG-1. And if you ever see any interviews with any of those stars, Ray Stevenson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, etc. You never get the sense that they are just waiting for their big break to get out of it. But it just happens to some of them, Ray Stevenson, for instance, which was in that flop Punisher Warzone (too bad since he was actually quite good, everyone else sucked though), and now he’s going to be in this movie with Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, Book of Eli. So it seems that maybe Rome was a stepping stone for him, but it didn’t seem like that was his intention, he probably would be happy to keep doing Rome or any other qualtiy tv series. He’s said it himself that Titus Pullo is very special to him and that he loves playing that character, so he can’t wait to fill those shoes again in the upcoming Rome movie, I can’t wait either…

    Anyway, good luck to Fox, but something tells me that with that attitude, he might end up failing in this endeavor…

  7. I loved him in Haunted and really wish they’d put that 1/2 season show on DVD!


  8. That guys that playes Sawyer has more chance

  9. I enjoyed your you hinted to Party of Five but didn’t actually say it.

  10. I enjoyed how you hinted to Party of Five but didn’t actually say it.

  11. Makes sense and don’t see it as a shocker. After Lost is over, it will be hard to produce a role that will be worthy, unless he waits 10 years like he did after he left the first time.

  12. some tv programs are better than a lot of movies.

    I for one wouldn’t turn my back on TV – unless he wants to pull a “Curiso”