Comic-Con 2011: 'Alcatraz's' Jorge Garcia (Q&A)

The “Lost" alum discusses meeting "The Simpsons" mastermind Matt Groening, what to expect on Fox’s midseason drama and why "dude" montages are perfectly acceptable.
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With hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.

Jorge Garcia
Geek Cred:
Upcoming: Fox’s Alcatraz
Comic-Con panel: Alcatraz, Saturday, July 23, 5:15-6 p.m., Ballroom 20

The Hollywood Reporter: What was your first impression of Comic-Con?

Jorge Garcia: The third Lost panel was my first Comic-Con. I’m bummed I never made it before Lost because there’s a lot of really interesting stuff that you walk by when you’re being rushed through to panels and you don’t have time to pause and check things out.
THR: Are you a comic fan?

Garcia: I was into comics a lot when I was in junior high and it waned a little before I got back into it more recently. I’m not so heavy into it that I can go to a comic book shop once a week to pick up new books; I tend to do a lot of trades and self-contained stories so I don’t get left with a cliffhanger.
THR: What stands out from your Comic-Con experiences?

Garcia: It’s pretty great to hang out in the green room when everyone is about to go do a panel or comes in afterward; I met Matt Groening ahead of a Simpsons panel, and I’m a big fan.

THR: A lot of Lost fans wound up spending the night in line to get into the final panel. What would you sleep in line to get to see at Comic-Con?

Garcia: A Raiders of the Lost Ark panel with the cast of the first movie; that would be a pretty spectacular event.
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THR: Who’s on your dream panel?

Garcia: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg as well as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.
THR: What makes for a great presentation?

Garcia: I’d love to see lost footage or background 16mm movie that no one has seen; something that’s never been on a DVD extra – like the Raiders cast hanging out on the set, a moment in time from when they were shooting the film.
THR: What questions do you recommend fans not ask at panels?

Garcia: You waited in line, you earned your time, ask anything! We may not give you an answer …
THR: So requests for “dude” montages are perfectly acceptable?

Garcia: If they could do it – like when I was on Jimmy Fallon and you had a wheel to spin where you had to say “dude” with the matching subtext – sure.
THR: What pointers do you have for Comic-Con first-timers?
Bring a backpack, snacks and a refillable water bottle. You have to treat Comic-Con like you’re going off to camp.
THR: What are you most excited to see this year at Comic-Con?

Garcia: Zach Levi’s Nerd HQ party. I’ve recently gotten more into board games, so I’m curious if there are any board game groups that meet during Comic-Con. It’d be fun to see if there’s anywhere that I could go to learn how to play a new game because it’s challenging to get people to come together to learn a game that they’ve never heard of.
THR: How does Alcatraz differ from Lost?

Garcia: I believe I’m going to be a lot less sweaty! There are no planes crashing and it’s not in the jungle! [Laughs.] I play a historian/comic book guy/Alcatraz expert. You don’t want people to hunt to try and find what the next Lost is anymore. Let Lost be Lost and now find what Alcatraz is. Don’t chase Lost; love it and put it to bed. You can bring out the DVDs whenever you want but don’t go to Alcatraz looking for Lost. There may be some elements that will remind you since it comes from the same family but it’s going to be it’s own thing.

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