Jorge Garcia, Aka Hurley, Is Up For A 'Lost' Reboot
"We have to go back."
Whether you talk to J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse or Evangeline Lilly, they're all dreading any future announcement of a Lost reboot. Given the show's popularity in the mid-2000s, it's still on the minds of the bosses at ABC, one of the networks to participate in recycling popular concepts and sagas from yesteryear. But contrary to popular belief, president Karey Burke and other key figures from the network aren't the only ones who are keen for the cult series to make a comeback. Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley, is also up for bringing Lost back from the dead.
The American actor was invited onto the program The Storm: A Lost Rewatch Podcast, which, as the name suggests, takes a look back at the show by J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber. On this occasion, the presenter decided to discuss the "Numbers" episode from Season 1, which is key to understanding the origin of the cursed set of numbers "4 8 15 16 23 42". He also took advantage of the opportunity to bring up a possible reboot, or even a prequel. Jorge Garcia seemed almost enthusiastic about the idea:
"There’s tons of stuff from before that just barely scratched the surface, as far as like before our plane crashed, what happened on that island, which could all be worthy stories. Or, even if there was just a full reboot, and kind of like see someone else play our archetypes kind of thing.
Or what they’ll do, like this time this person is a woman. You know, or something like that. Kind of like, look what we did. Yeah, I’m cool with it."
Unlike some of his colleagues on the series (Ian Somerhalder with The Vampire Diaries, Naveen Andrews with Sense8, Maggie Grace with Fear The Walking Dead), Jorge Garcia hasn't really managed to bounce back since Lost. In an early version of the script, Hurley was supposed to die in the first season, but the actor's charisma allowed the character to survive and even land the role of guardian of the island.
He eventually wound up in another island-based series in 2012, Alcatraz, which was cancelled after one season. Since then, he's been spotted in several episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Californication and Once Upon a Time, as well as in the regular role of conspiracy theorist Jerry Organa in Hawaii 5-0, where he was reunited with Daniel Dae Kim. For many viewers, he'll always be that Oceanic 815 passenger who wears his heart on his sleeve and eventually becomes Jacob's heir.
Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth
By Adrien Delage, published on 10/09/2019