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div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/13923?ns=guardianpageName=Jorge+Garcia%2C+the+one-man+Greek+chorus+who+helped+explain+Lost%3AArticle%3A1720768ch=Television+%26amp%3B+radioc3=Guardianc4=Television+%28Culture%29%2CTelevision+and+radio+TV%2CScience+fiction+%28TV+genre%29%2CLost%2CJJ+Abrams+%28Film%29%2CCulturec5=Not+commercially+useful%2CFilm+Reviews%2CTelevision+Media%2CTVc6=Rich+Pelley+%28contributor%29c7=12-Mar-24c8=1720768c9=Articlec10=Featurec11=Television+%26amp%3B+radioc13=c25=c30=contentc42=Cultureh2=GU%2FCulture%2FTelevision+%26amp%3B+radio%2FTelevision" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"'It's a cool thing to be the voice of what people are seeing,' says the former standup who's back in JJ Abrams's Alcatraz/ppAfter 23 minutes and 58 seconds of series one, episode one of a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/jjabrams" title=""JJ Abrams/a's latest TV show, Alcatraz, Dr Diego Soto (AKA Jorge Garcia, AKA Hurley from a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/series/lost-in-lost" title=""Lost/a) has a revelation. "That guy looks exactly the same," he says of a prisoner transferred from the infamous San Francisco jail in 1963 but now back on the scene in 2012, "which – if you're keeping score at home – is impossible." He's right, and on his way to a further observation, at 41 minutes and 18 seconds, that something fishy happened in Alcatraz 50 years ago: namely that the prisoners weren't transferred; they all mysteriously disappeared into the ether. Dr Soto ponders further: "Is anyone's head exploding right now?"/ppThose who remember Hugo "Hurley" Reyes from Lost and his near-narration to camera every time something a bit weird went on (and in Lost, something weird was emalways/em going on) might wonder if Hurley has been scooped out of one show and dropped into another. Both characters are a bit like having a friend sitting next to you on the sofa to ask, "Er, what's going on again?" only they're actually in the TV show, and can't actually answer back. "That's always a cool thing to be the voice of what the eyes are seeing," explains Garcia. "It gives you the role of the Greek chorus and that's always fun to do."/ppHurley's character was specially written into Lost when the producers cast Garcia on the show. When JJ Abrams's TV company Bad Robot announced it was to produce Alcatraz, it was perhaps no surprise to see Garcia snagged shortly afterwards. "JJ Abrams is definitely a guy that when he calls, you want to answer," says Garcia. "He's incredibly focused. When he was shooting the pilot on Lost, we'd do a take and he'd go back to his tent and be working on the first episodes of Lost as well as the cliffhanger for the eighth season of Alias. He's an incredible multitasker."/ppAs Dr Soto, Garcia has grown even more into his looks. He's less "dude" ("After I put Hurley to bed my 'dudes' have gone down drastically, though people do shout 'dude!' at me in the street") and more Comic Book Guy from a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/the-simpsons" title=""The Simpsons/a, with all of the nerd (he owns a comic store and has his own comic about Alcatraz) and virtually the same hair and beard, but less of the sarcasm./ph2'I definitely try to mix humour into anything I do, even if it is into a drama'/h2pBefore Lost beckoned, Garcia had tried his hand at standup comedy, another reason he's so great at bringing some light-heartedness to the confusion./pp"I dabbled when I was in LA out of college," he says. "It was a means to flex the writing muscles. Mixing humour and harsh reality is a very human behaviour, it's the way people stay sane in their daily lives. I definitely try to mix humour into anything I do, even if it is into a drama."/ppAfter seven seasons, Lost-ites were simultaneously exhilarated, bewildered, delighted and miffed by the end of their favourite TV show. ("My favourite theory was that all the people were cloned on the plane the minute it crashed," says Garcia. The Guide's favourite theory was that it was all the dog's dream. Neither turned out to be true.) But for every success story like Lost and 24, there's a FlashForward or The Event, which gets canned after one series. "There's certainly pressure to find your audience early. You need to paint the picture, but it's tough trying to find the balance between a show that people can tune in on any given week while still grabbing the people who are there every week."/ppUS TV shows are often written to an "arc", with filming commencing on early episodes while the writers are still scripting the latter. So what's it like acting in a show like Lost or Alcatraz where the actors as well as the audience don't really know what's going on?/pp"It's a great experience," Garcia insists. "If you have the whole story, you get the whole picture of what role you're playing in telling that story. In a thing like this, in the way a person doesn't know what's going to happen tomorrow exactly, you discover as you go along. That's the fun part. Sometimes you might feel like you would have played a moment differently, but in reality people don't always behave how you'd expect. Contradiction reveals character."/ph2'Sometimes you might feel like you would have played a moment differently, but people don't always behave how you'd expect'/h2pSo, will Alcatraz be "doing a Lost" and flapping around for season after season, or is there a definite ending? Each episode of Alcatraz deals with one magically re-appearing inmate, of which there were 256 prisoners and 46 guards. Once they get to episode 300 (which would mean around a record-breaking 15 seasons), would that mean Game Over?/pp"I think we have a pretty good cushion," he says. "If we get close to 300, who knows, maybe there'll be a prison break? I think the writers definitely know what the big picture is."/ppSo, with Alcatraz three episodes in as we speak (and highly recommended by the Guardian – with a "provided you like that sort of thing" warning sticker slapped underneath), there's only one question left to ask. If all the prisoners disappeared from Alcatraz in 1963 with Alcatraz itself acting as some sort of weird time machine/portal into another dimension/cryonic freezing unit, was Sean Connery on to something that time he broke back into Alcatraz in 1996's The Rock? Will he be back in Alcatraz?/pp"I think the odds are against," says Garcia. Maybe someone doing a Connery impression, but that's it!"/pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/television"Television/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/science-fiction"Science fiction/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/lost"Lost/a/lilia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/jjabrams"JJ Abrams/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/rich-pelley"Rich Pelley/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds"More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /

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