'Ugly Naked Guy' from 'Friends' reveals his face and what it was like on set
Despite the fact that it came off the air over a decade ago, Friends is still going strong. In fact, there are plenty of people who are into the show despite the fact that they were way too young to understand half the jokes when it was on TV.
The fact that it was one of the most successful sitcoms of all time has earned it lifetime status on our screens, with reruns all over the world and some countries getting all the episodes on Netflix - so you can bet that there are a lot of people who are familiar with the regulars at Central Perk.
This level of popularity spreads to even the more niche parts of the show. For instance, pretty much everybody remembers the 'Ugly Naked Guy' in the show, despite the fact he only makes two on-screen appearances, and both times his face was hidden from the viewer.
The character was often an off-screen joke as one of the group spotted him doing something (nakedly) across the street, from Monica's apartment window.
The character's name never showed up in the credits, and IMDB lists him as Michael Hagerty. The only thing is, Hagerty is the actor who played Mr. Treeger - and has always denied that he played anyone else. Years later, someone at the Huffington Post spent an entire year tracking down the real deal - revealing him as actor Jon Haugen.
Speaking to HuffPost in 2016, he explained that his time on the show was "the best time in his life," when he starred in episodes 'The One With The Giant Poking Device' and 'The One Where Everybody Finds Out'. Haugen said:
"There's only one Ugly Naked Guy, man, and that was me. The reason I never came forward was because I was just keeping it mellow because Warner Brothers was keeping it mellow. They wanted everybody to have a guess who I was.
"I wasn't really expecting them to call me back for me to do it again. It was the best time in my life. I was the man."
In his first on-screen appearance, he becomes a focus of the episode as the gang fear that he has passed away. Describing what it was like to play dead on the set, he said, "It wasn't painful. The hard part was holding my breath."
"It was, like, almost two o'clock in the morning when we were filming that part and I was real tired because we had rehearsed all day.
"It was the last scene and I had to make sure I was perfect to get everybody out of there to go home."
Haugen also said that he bonded with Schwimmer on the set, detailing how they filmed their 'naked' scene together:
"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 said. "I've been on a lot of TV sitcoms and 'Friends' was my favorite. Everybody was fantastic. They treated me like I was family."
When it comes to the show, he's as eager to get the group back together as we are. "I was hoping they would bring me back and we'd do some more," he said. "Maybe we can create a buzz and get everybody back together."
Amen to that!