Canuck finds killer role on 'Lost'

Thunder Bay's Kevin Durand has become one of the most recognizable -- and dangerous -- faces on the...

Thunder Bay's Kevin Durand has become one of the most recognizable -- and dangerous -- faces on the fourth season on Lost, which wraps up the year tonight with a two-hour finale.

BILL HARRIS - Sun Media

, Last Updated: 5:57 AM ET

If you see Kevin Durand walking down the street, be it in Honolulu or in Thunder Bay, give him a wide berth.

The Canadian actor has been playing Martin Keamy in the fourth season of Lost, which wraps up the year with a two-hour extravaganza tonight on CTV and ABC.

Keamy is the leader of the mutinous mercenaries who travelled to the Island aboard the freighter Kahana, and let's just say he is not a shy man.

"Yeah, he's got work to do," Durand said of his murderously fascinating character.

Durand, a 34-year-old native of Thunder Bay, is best known for roles in films such as the Academy Award-nominated 3:10 to Yuma and Mystery, Alaska, as well the TV show Dark Angel.

So how did he end up in Honolulu with the ensemble cast of Lost?

"Damon Lindelof, the creator of Lost, saw me in 3:10 to Yuma and checked to see if I was available," Durand said.

"So I went in, read a page of dialogue and they offered it to me.

"I didn't really know where it was going to go. I don't think any of the actors on Lost specifically knows where we're heading at any one point.

"So when I started reading scripts where Keamy stepped up and started causing trouble, I was really excited. I was like a kid in a candy store."

Tonight on Lost, the faceoff continues between the survivors and the freighter people, and the Oceanic 6 find themselves closer than ever to rescue.

Sure, we've heard that last bit before, but maybe they mean it this time.

As for other projects, Durand recently finished filming the next X-Men movie, titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which will be in theatres next year.

And currently he's in New Mexico working on a movie called Legion with Paul Bettany.

"After that, I've said no to a couple of jobs because I want to go see my grandpa in Timmins," Durand said.

"So I'll fly into Toronto and rent a car and go up to see him for awhile, and go see my parents in Thunder Bay. I'm going to take a break, because it has been a really busy year. And then I'll wait for something that excites me, like these jobs have done."

As one of the most recognizable and dangerous faces in the fourth season of Lost, Durand certainly has come a long way since his days working in experimental theatre in Toronto.

"It's an exciting time, but it has been 17 years of work, so it's nice," Durand said.

"I remember living in a 320-square-foot apartment in Toronto, and I couldn't afford heat, and I had cockroaches, and I was really lucky if I could eat well.

"But I was so happy, because I was doing some small theatre gig somewhere, getting paid 40 bucks a day.

"I was just as happy then as I am now, it's just that it's nice that I can order a steak every once in awhile."


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