Harold Perrineau: Whitey’s Keeping Me Down!
In a conspiracy theory worthy of the show’s own bizarre plot twists, Lost actor Harold Perrineau believes his character, Michael, was killed off the show because of racial issues.
In a new interview with TV Guide, the 44-year-old Brooklyn native put forth an interesting thought regarding his character’s demise.
“Listen, if I’m being really candid, there are all these questions about how they respond to black people on the show,” Perrineau lamented. “Sayid gets to meet Nadia again, and Desmond and Penny hook up again, but a little black boy and his father hooking up, that wasn’t interesting? Instead, Walt [Michael’s son on the show] just winds up being another fatherless child. It plays into a really big, weird stereotype and, being a black person myself, that wasn’t so interesting.”
Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse scoffed at the actor’s allegations: “We pride ourselves on having a very racially diverse cast. It’s painful when any actor’s storyline ends on the show.”
Luckily, Perrineau has managed to extricate himself from the Man’s death grip and has landed another gig on the ABC dramedy pilot The Unusuals. Harold will portray Leo Banks, described as “an always agitated detective who never takes off his Kevlar vest.”
Sounds like he already has the “agitated” part down pat.