of Radio Times
Matthew Fox is determined not to return to television because he doesn't want to lose his freedom. The actor, best known for his role as Jack Shephard in the popular series Lost
, told Radio Times
that he is perfectly happy working the way he is now and that he would rather stick to film and theatre.
"I think the best storytelling is happening in television right now, and I think has been for some time. This new cable model of ten or thirteen episodes or even miniseries, and Netflix making a ten-story band, this is a great thing for storytelling."
"For me, what’s perfect about the way I’m working right now – I haven’t been on a set since Emperor, that’s almost a year and half – is the fact that I can do that."
Indeed, since Lost
ended three years ago, Fox has only made three more on-screen appearances, including the two films released this year, World War Z
"If I was working on Lost
right now," he continued, "I would not have been able to go, “You know what, it’s time for me to take a year and half and just be at home and be with my kids and my wife and do things outside the business and completely drop out for a while.” That’s what’s really good about a film here and there, maybe a play - the flexibility, my being able to determine when I'm working and when I'm not."
However, that doesn't mean that Fox completely rules out the option of ever returning to the busy routine of a television series. When asked what he would do if a "really meaty role" came along, he responded by saying "yeah, it’s possible."
"I’m still hopeful that I’m going to continue to find those types of roles in the two-hour format like Emperor
," he added. "And what I will start to look for after the first of the year is smaller, independently financed films where I am really excited by the director’s vision and I get to do something that I haven’t done before."
Aside from films, though, fans will probably see him appearing on the West End again as well!
"If I continue as an actor," he concluded, "I think there’ll be a point down the road where theatre is all I want to do, and I absolutely would love to come back to the West End, but I just want to wait until my kids (aged 11 and 16) are off to college before I do that again."