During an interview with ComingSoon ahead of the release of Last Light, a limited series streaming on Peacock starting on September 8, Matthew Fox revealed what it was about the series that made him choose to return to acting after seven years.
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When asked about why Last Light was the series to bring him back in front of a camera, Fox went into specifics:
“On a storytelling level, I just thought that this beautiful family at the core of it and them being separated across continents in the midst of this crisis was … I’m drawn to that kind of thing. I think we all are,” Fox said. “I think we all relate to that, and I think we’re always invested in that, especially if we really care about the family. Hopefully, we’ve set it up in a way where you care about these characters immediately from the top. The macro sort of … this oil crisis and sort of what it’s doing to Europe and spreading quickly and the chaos that’s ensuing and the vulnerability and the risk … that’s always fascinating to me. Obviously, it’s very timely with what we have going on in the world with climate change and with war, with oil being weaponized. I feel like all those elements added to me being drawn to it on a personal note, to be really honest with you.”
Fox was also thrilled about being an executive producer on the series.
“I was excited about having an executive producer position and, for the first time in my career, I’d have an opportunity to be more involved in more aspects of the storytelling than just the character I’m defending and portraying,” Fox continued. “I was going to get an opportunity to do that with my managerial partner, Bill Choi. We had become very, very good friends and have similar tastes and we wanted to finally have an opportunity to collaborate creatively on something. So it ticked all those boxes for me. I was also, secretly, really excited to find out what it would feel like to get back in front of a camera and to act again, I hadn’t done that and hadn’t been on a set in seven years, and that was really rewarding. So the whole thing was an amazing experience.”
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“In the series, Petro-chemist Andy Yeats knows how dependent the world is on oil; if something were to happen to the world’s oil supply, it would set off a chain reaction: transportation would grind to a halt, supplies would cease to be delivered, law enforcement would be overwhelmed,” reads the synopsis. “While on a business trip to the Middle East, Andy realizes that his worst fears are coming true and his family is separated at this crucial moment. His teenage daughter, Laura, is alone at home in London while his wife, Elena, and young son, Sam, are in Paris. Amid this chaos, each family member will sacrifice everything to find one another, despite the distance and the dangers that separate them.”