By Rick Porter
May 14, 2010 9:04 PM ET
The Force is with the producers of "Lost."
At Thursday's (May 13) "Lost Live: The Final Celebration," ABC Studios executive Barry Jossen read a letter from George Lucas to executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. No, he wasn't demanding royalties for all the "Star Wars" references that have littered "Lost" over the past six seasons. He was merely congratulating the show on its run and offering some words of support.
Here's the text of the letter:
Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show. Don't tell anyone ... but when 'Star Wars' first came out, I didn't know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you've planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories -- let's call them homages -- and you've got a series.
In six seasons, you've managed to span both time and space, and I don't think I'm alone in saying that I never saw what was around the corner. Now that it's all coming to an end, it's impressive to see how much was planned out in advance and how neatly you've wrapped up everything. You've created something really special. I'm sad that the series is ending, but I look forward to seeing what you two are going to do next.
Afterward Lindelof said, "I just want to apologize to Mr. George Lucas for everything I said about the prequels ..." -- drawing one of many big laughs from the hugely appreciative crowd at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Other notes from "Lost Live":
- Malcolm David Kelley, who played Walt in the show's first couple seasons, admits that his teenage growth spurt knocked him out of a regular role: "It messed me up a little bit. I wish it could have waited a couple years." Kelley, who turned 18 last week, is a good eight to 10 inches taller than he was when the series began.
- A crowd of UCLA students gathered across the street from the red carpet to wave at and cheer for the actors as they arrived. We heard one girl yell "Daniel, you're my constant!" at Jeremy Davies, and as he made his way up the carpet, Jorge Garcia heard chants of "Jorge, Jorge!"
- Hearing pieces of Michael Giacchino's score played live was kind of magical. Giacchino final selection from the show was "Parting Words," the music that accompanied the raft launch in the Season 1 finale "Exodus." The scene was shown on a big screen above the orchestra as they played, and let's just say that the room got rather dusty right around then, and some of it got in our eyes.