'Lost' exclusive: War erupts over Charlotte's real age!

Rebeccamader_lAn ugly dispute between Rebecca Mader and her former Lost bosses over the correct age of her late character, Charlotte, appears to have been settled. Thanks, in part, to, well, me.

But first, let’s flash back to the most recent <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?i=51922905
&id=90673892″>Lost podcast, during which exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse — in attempting to explain how Faraday could have seen a young Charlotte in 1974 when she wasn’t born until 1979 — alleged that Mader changed the age of her character from 37 to 28 in an earlier script “because she did not really want to brand herself as 37, which is what she would have had to been had we stuck to the initial script.”

Mader fired back on her Facebook page, accusing Team Darlton of throwing her under the bus. “The timeline error was their mistake,” she harrumphed, “and they are making it out to be my fault. Not cool.”

Reached for comment this evening, D&C now concede that they got their facts wrong. “Rebecca is absolutely right and we apologize to both her and the entire fan community for screwing up the story,” the pair said in a joint email. “By way of explanation, here’s what happened:

There were a gazillion questions about the timeline discrepancy in that young Charlotte clearly exists in 1974, but wasn’t supposed to be born until 1979, per a single line of dialogue courtesy of Ben back in episode #402. When we inquired as to how this happened, the intel came back that we used Rebecca Mader’s birthday, July 2, 1979 because she was actually eight years YOUNGER than the character as originally conceived/scripted. We misremembered this as having come from Rebecca herself on the set, but in fact, it came several days earlier when our continuity expert Gregg Nations pointed it out and suggested using Rebecca’s actual birthday for Charlotte. And so, the mistake was OURS. Rebecca’s production draft DID have the date as being 1979.

Our first mistake was the timeline gaffe, but the much more significant one was wrapping Rebecca up in this when she had nothing to do with it. Not her fault on any level. It was our bad. One hundred percent. We will say as much in a very special “Eating Crow” edition of our Podcast tomorrow. Speaking of which, what a wonderful world we live in where we can make a comment in a Podcast that triggers a response on someone’s Facebook page and that triggers a mea culpa on someone else’s blog. Ah, technology.”

I’m glad that’s settled.


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  • Lucas

    or it was Rebecca’s fault but they decided not to push it because what’s the real point. the damage is done, time to move on.

  • Nicotine

    Way too much ado about nothing, Ausiello. Stick to delivering the scoops. Who cares about an age discrepancy, anyway? It’s fiction, people. And Lost is so chock-full of little idiosyncrasies, that I’m actually amazed that it took this long for Team Darlton to get confused for once. Mistakes will happen. No need for heads to roll.

  • Shane S

    Well, it’s settled!

  • Jack

    Who knows who’s fault it was, but is Rebecca Madar that big of an actress she can actually dictate her characters age, especially if it goes against the timeline? Sounds like the writers made a mistake to me and through her under the bus. Dunno I could be wrong, but sounds weird.

  • Andy G.

    Interesting. I was a little unsure when they mentioned it on the podcast, but now it makes more sense. I didn’t think that sort of significant change was usually allowed on set, especially for a show as complex as LOST!

  • Ryan

    Nicotine – “It’s fiction, people”. What a stupid comment to make on a blog that is purely here to comment on tv shows. It’s all fiction, nicotard.

  • Phil

    Ah technology indeed! And to geek it up a little more, I found out about this post on Twitter via tweet from http://twitter.com/EWAusielloFiles
    Hope there’s no bad blood between Rebecca Mader and Darlton!

  • congested

    Nice one to DocArzt for breaking this. <_<

  • Faraday Gone Tomorrow

    Maybe Darlton are suffering from Constant sickness?
    They shouldn’t have admitted to the mistake in the first place. They could have easily said that Ben lied about her age, or that Charlotte’s mom lied about her birthdate once they got to the mainland, or that the moving off the island caused some type of temporal maladjustment wherein they lost 5 years of time, so while Charlotte was born earlier, she would only appear to be a certain age post-island…
    I am surprised they didn’t go a more creative route to explain the inconsistency.
    Poor Greg Nations. The ultimate fall guy. I can’t wait to here his TWEET about all this!

  • Joey Jo Jo

    Dorks freak about about the stupidest things.

  • BeansEBoy

    We are geeks. Not dorks. Get your facts straight.

  • Jake

    What I want to know is now that they made the error, will it be fixed? Surely they can delete that scene from the DVD and/or move it to a more appropriate spot in the season so the canon is corrected later on when the show is watched years from now.

  • Jason Victor

    Wow Damon and Carlton nearly messed up an actress’s reputation cause of one silly mistake! No wonder she got written off: maybe if Rebecca Mader had been a good little girl and spread her arsehole for Darlton between takes like they kindly asked her too, she might still have a job now!

  • Dan

    I believe it’s 34 not 37. 2008 – 1974 = 34

  • 28 to 37?

    “Mader changed the age of her character from 28 to 37″? Is that supposed to read “37 to 28″?

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