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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Monday, November 8, 2004

It's doggone great being part of 'Lost'

By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Who says ABC's smash hit "Lost" doesn't have any local actors?

Madison, a 5-year-old Lab, plays Vincent, the dog on "Lost." The local pooch loves the part.

Vincent, played by local pooch Madison, survived the crash that stranded the characters of "Lost."

Photos by Kim Stahl

While she might not get the same attention as some of her biped co-stars, Madison, a 5-year-old yellow Labrador just might be the most popular actor on the set.

"She's got an excellent temperament," says Madison's person, Kim Stahl. "She loves everybody."

Madison, no diva when it comes to cross-gender roles, plays Vincent, the affable pooch pal of Malcolm David Kelley's character, Walt.

While Madison has experience as a tracking dog and obedience competitor, "Lost" is her first turn in the acting arena. And like any young thespian, Madison has had to push herself to expand her acting range.

"In Episode 2 she had to bark ferociously, but if you know Labs, that's not their personality," Stahl said. "She's afraid of lampshades, so we improvised using a cardboard tube and a lampshade to get her to respond."

Fortunately, a tennis ball is usually all it takes to inspire Madison to reach her artistic heights.


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"She's obsessed with tennis balls," Stahl said. "We use a little food sometimes, but mostly we use tennis balls for training. She loves them."

Of course, stardom isn't always all it's cracked up to be. While Madison busts her tail on the set every day, her canine pals back at home just plain dog it.

"I have two more Labs at home," Stahl said. "But they're unemployed."

Reach Michael Tsai at mtsai@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-2461.