Miles is introduced early in the fourth season as a hotheaded and sarcastic medium as a crew member aboard the freighter called the Kahana that is offshore the island where most of Lost takes place. Miles arrives on the island and is eventually taken captive by John Locke played by Terry O'Quinn , who suspects that those on the freighter are there to harm his fellow crash survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight and expose the island to the general public. The writers created the role of Miles specifically for Leung after seeing him guest star on The Sopranos. Leung was the only actor to read for the part. They chose his name because it resembles " maelstrom ", another word for a powerful whirlpool. Reaction to the character was positive.
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Their son was born in Acting was initially a tough calling--while getting only small parts in plays and writing and performing in an improv comedy group, he seriously considered a career in investment banking. He also played Dr. Octavius' lab assistant in Spider-Man 2 , had a short role as a military officer in "The Hulk", had a role in the movie "The Andromeda Strain", and was a regular on the short-lived Babylon 5 spinoff Crusade.