For six years, Jorge Garcia worked closely with writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to shape Hurley's heroic Lost journey. Now, the three have reunited as Garcia guest stars as the giant awaiting Emma and Hook as they ascend the beanstalk in Sunday's all-new Once Upon A Time.
ETonline caught up with Garcia earlier this week to talk about the highly anticipated small screen reunion, what it's like working in the heightened reality of OUAT and which fairytale character he wishes he could have played.
ETonline: Did speaking Eddie and Adam's words once again feel like a homecoming of sorts?
Jorge Garcia: There was definitely a familiarity to it. They were so integral to the Hurley storyline on Lost; they were essentially the keepers of the Hurley story. Their excitement to get to write for me again was really flattering and made me excited to come aboard.
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ETonline: So unlike many other giants in pop culture, yours isn't just a grunter?
Garcia: There definitely is dialogue ... but there's a lot of grunting too. I did a looping session and it was almost all grunts and growls and exertion sounds [laughs]. The amount of roars and grunting was a little harsh on the voice. So much tea.
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ETonline: How do you describe your character?
Garcia: He's so murderous. Murderous is such a great adjective for him [laughs]. Where we left off, Emma and Hook are climbing the beanstalk ... so you can see where that's going. I'm what is waiting for them at the top. I'm what stands in the way of their quest. And I'm very angry.
ETonline: Once Upon A Time utilizes a lot of greenscreen for their fairytale world sequences. As a giant interacting with normal sized characters, did you actually work with any of the other actors?
Garcia: I did. Jennifer Morrison, who is so awesome, would lay down next to the camera on the ground so the eyeline would match to what her little size would be if I was actually a giant. Other times, it would be a stick that represented the characters, while the actors stood off camera and I acted against the stick. It’s definitely a great exercise in trust and a good lesson in concentration. You really need to focus in order to still breathe life into the scene when you’re surrounded by the most obnoxious fluorescent green color, and nothing practical. It was a test, but I can't wait to see how it turned out.
ETonline: If you could have had your pick, which fairytale character would you have liked to have played?
Garcia: The Disney characters I love the most are Baloo the Bear and King Louie of the Apes from The Jungle Book. They had the greatest songs to sing.
Once Upon A Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.