One of TV's biggest mysteries has finally been solved thanks to Huffington Post writer Todd Van Luling.
In a year-long quest that had him contacting numerous people behind the show and scouring forums and message boards for any small detail, the hunt for the Ugly Naked Guy, a recurring character on the popular show Friends, has finally come to a close. Not only did Luling learn the identity of the popular character, but he actually got to speak to him, whose real name is Jon Haugen.
Once he got Haugen on the phone, the actor said: “You want to let the world know who the real Ugly Naked Guy is, huh? There’s only one Ugly Naked Guy, man, and that was me.”
The part was haphazardly put together at the last minute, but because of its recurring nature, they asked him back to film a second episode, in which David Schwimmer (Ross) is trying to get his apartment after he moves out.
“I wasn’t really expecting them to call me back for me to do it again, but he loved the character so much that he was hoping they would. It was the best time in my life,” he said, adding, “I was the man.I was hoping they would bring me back and we’d do some more. Maybe we can create a buzz and get everybody back together.”
As for that second scene with Ross, Haugen said: “I was in boxer shorts. At first I was feeling a little shy because I had about 500 people watching me in the audience besides the crew and everything. But after about two minutes went by, I was real comfortable and David Schwimmer was real comfortable. We were just in boxer shorts and they made it look like we were naked. He made me feel like I was his brother.” he continued, “I’ve been on a lot of TV sitcoms and ‘Friends’ was my favorite. Everybody was fantastic. They treated me like I was family.”
The reason the investigation took so long was sort of by design, as Supervising Producer Todd Stevens told Luling earlier in the process, saying: “It was an extra and we wanted it to fly under the radar because we didn’t want somebody, like, being Ugly Naked Guy.”
I guess this can be filed under case closed.