A longtime Friends mystery has finally been solved: the identity of Ugly Naked Guy!
The character, however, only appeared onscreen twice -- first in season three and then in season five -- and the role was never officially credited, though the wrong actor was often tagged with the part (Michael Hagerty).
“There’s only one Ugly Naked Guy, man, and that was me,” Haugen told The Huffington Post
after a lengthy investigation.
When asked why he never came forward publicly about having played the iconic role, Haugen was honest.
“The reason I never came forward was because I was just keeping it mellow because [studio] Warner Bros. was keeping it mellow,” he said. “They wanted everybody to have a guess who I was.”
“It was the best time in my life,” he reminisced. “I was the man.”
Haugen still holds out hope for a reunion with the entire Friends cast. (Five of the six main stars reunited in February for a James Burrows
tribute; Matthew Perry
was in London working on a play at the time.)
“I was hoping they would bring me back and we’d do some more,” Haugen said. “Maybe we can create a buzz and get everybody back together.”