Actor Jorge Garcia first rose to fame as Hector Lopez on the TV show “Becker.” However, the comedian is probably best known for playing Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on the popular TV series “Lost” from 2004 to 2010.
The SAG Award-winning actor is well-known to a lot of fans, but apparently not to “The Masked Singer” judges, who were unable to correctly guess his identity!
Cyclops Is Unmasked To Reveal ‘Lost’ Actor Jorge Garcia
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During this episode, Cyclops – from Team Bad – sang his rendition of “Flashdance (What a Feeling)” by Irene Cara. When it came time for elimination, no one was able to guess the identity of the 43-year-old Omaha, Nebraska native.
Robin Thicke thought about the podcast clues and went with a writer, director, and actor who also owns a comic book store: Kevin Smith.
Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg disagreed and thought it was country rock star Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band based on the fiddle and meteorite clue.
Ken Jeong saw the statue of David in the clue and said that they were “spelling it out” that Cyclops was “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista.
Nicole Scherzinger thought that it could be the legendary Michael Keaton based on the comic book clues. She connected the 1988 meteorite to “Beetlejuice,” which also came out in 1988.
Host Nick Cannon joked “let’s see if our judges are anywhere near close” before Cyclops’ unmasking.
Jorge Garcia Says He’s Grateful To Appear On ‘The Masked Singer’
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The judges were shocked to see the “Hawaii Five-O” actor underneath the costume. “I love this dude, man,” Ken said upon his unmasking.
“It’s cool to get to see an audience,” Garcia said as he was unmasked.
“You finally get to see what’s going on around you,” Nick added before asking him why he chose to compete on the show as a Cyclops.
“I love this show and it’s really been an honor to get to come to play,” Garcia admitted. “Look at these hands.”
“Look at your feet,” Jenny joked as Ken cried out, “Great job, brother!”
“‘Lost’ is one of my favorite shows of all time,” Ken continued. “Jorge, dude, as Hugo on ‘Lost,’ truly you were the heart and soul of that show, so really, really great job here right now.”
The sea turtle in the clue package was a nod to both “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-O” being filmed in Hawaii. They also confirmed that the compass clue was a nod to his role on “Lost” as well. The comic book in the clue package was a nod to his character on “Alcatraz” owning a comic book shop. The lottery ticket was also a clue to his character on “Lost” famously winning the lottery.
“There were a lot of ‘Lost’ clues that flew right by you,” Garcia joked before explaining that one of his “early breaks” in the industry was “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Larry David, which exclaimed the statue of David.
“That job is basically what got me the audition for ‘Lost,’” he revealed.
Jorge Garcia Opens Up About His Cyclops Costume
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In an interview with Variety, Garcia reflected on his time as a “TMS” alum.
“I don’t call myself a super great singer, but I feel that I’m pretty good at delivering a song,” Garcia said. “Throughout my life, I’ve always enjoyed singing. I did musicals in high school, and I was in the choir. And when I was in college, we would throw parties and form a band. There’s a few times I’ve had opportunities to sing for jobs, but it hasn’t been in the forefront as far as my creative career. But I thought it’d be something that would be unexpected for viewers of the show, and maybe I surprised some people.”
He said that the show has inspired him to start singing more, in case it comes in handy for any future roles. “I want to treat it as another part of my toolbox and have it at the ready for when a call might come,” he said. “I mean, I don’t see myself like putting out an album or anything. But it might show up in a project or two.”
He also added that the Cyclops costume was “huge” and was difficult to maneuver. “The head is giant. And then you start getting nervous and realizing how all the parts are just extra weight that affects things. And then I have to be able to move and sing,” he explained. “But the result was really great. I like the way Cyclops looks and it was kind of an exciting character to get to bring to life.”
Last night’s episode also saw the unmasking of the Thingamabob.