Characters who’re simply talked about or by no means have their faces proven is an previous trope in tv historical past. It began to turn into extra refined within the 1990s when three explicit sitcoms have been doing this on the identical time. Home Improvement, in fact, had Mr. Wilson who hid his face over a fence, Frasier had unseen Maris, and Friends had “Ugly Naked Guy.”
These are only a few examples, however Ugly Naked Guy has turn into considerably legendary in Friends lore. Those who know the historical past of the present bear in mind this character as residing throughout the corridor from Monica (Courtney Cox) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and who was solely seen twice. Each time, his face was by no means proven, offering a thriller for years who the actor was.
For these curious, it apparently was the identical appearing further all alongside, although not a family title.
How lengthy did it take earlier than the Ugly Naked Guy actor was outed?
The forged and manufacturing crew of Friends stored the identification of Ugly Naked Guy secret for years after the present ended, solely as a result of they didn’t know. It’s too unhealthy the actor who performed him couldn’t have capitalized on this to assist him discover extra appearing work.
Some issues simply work out that means, although he was seen sufficient in profile the place most of his physique was seen. After all, this actually was a slob who answered his door with none garments on. He was additionally clearly chubby and had crimson hair within the two transient instances he was seen, giving maybe a brand new check of Friends jokes that gained’t land in today’s instances.
Only on the present for 3 years, the curiosity of who this actor was grew to become so nice, a reporter at HuffPost took a yr out to trace him down. In 2016, reporter Todd Van Luling did an in depth digital seek for the actor and at last got here up with a reputation.
During Van Luling’s analysis, he initially thought it was actor Michael Hagerty who was higher referred to as enjoying Mr. Treeger. When Hagerty denied enjoying Ugly Naked Guy, Van Luling continued with a grueling and close to fruitless search.
Do individuals know who Ugly Naked Guy is?
What’s most weird about this story is lots of the forged and people from central casting didn’t even bear in mind who the actor was. Casting for the half didn’t appear too vital on the time when deadlines have been in all probability fixed stress.
After a yr of reaching out to individuals concerned with Friends and detailed on-line analysis, Van Luling lastly linked up with somebody who remembered. Jennifer Bender labored in central casting and stated the actor who performed Ugly Naked Guy got here in for a reunion.
There was lastly a reputation to the physique, and his title is John Haugen. Or, a minimum of Haugen claimed he was the additional behind the character.
On his IMDb web page, he does obtain credit score for enjoying the position, regardless of no actual empirical proof being made accessible from casting he was the one. Van Luling needed to take Haugen’s phrase for it. Regardless, primarily based on publicity images of Haugen on the time, they appear to match up primarily based on strategic aspect photographs with Schwimmer’s Ross.
Will Ugly Naked Guy present up if there’s a ‘Friends’ reboot or reunion?
When Aniston introduced lately there could also be some type of Friends reunion carried out on HBO Max quickly, it had everyone excited at what which may entail. Even if it’s only a brief phase to point out followers the place the characters at the moment are, it’ll in all probability be anticipated to have another character cameos.
Would Ugly Naked Guy make a comeback and perhaps present his face to the world? Haugen has apparently gone 20 years with out another appearing roles, outdoors of initially being compelled to maintain the identification of Ugly Naked Guy a secret by Warner Bros. request.
In today’s instances, gaining extra appearing work for enjoying a unadorned man in a TV present would appear virtually like a typical showbiz situation.