Did Real Life Intrude on 'Lost?'

5/4/2006 5:50 PM PDT

Did Real Life Intrude on 'Lost?'

Did 'Lost' kill off its two stars with off-screen legal troubles?

In Wednesday night's episode of the ABC drama, the two characters played by Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros were gunned down.

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In December, Rodriguez and Watros both were arrested for driving under the influence in Hawaii. Both pleaded guilty to the charges and were fined. Additionally, Rodriguez served 65 hours in an Oahu correctional facility and Watros had her license suspended for 90 days.

Although their television fates are up to the show's writers -- it was left hanging on Wednesday whether the characters lived or died -- the plot twists immediately raised questions about whether their real-life antics influenced their characters' futures.

According to the show's producers, the answer is no. They say the storyline had been planned since last season, well before the DUIs surfaced.

After the actresses had their run-in with the law, producers considered altering the script, knowing that fans would wonder whether the events were related. In the end, they decided to stick to the original plan.