Jorge Garcia of 'Lost' on being the face of Weezer's new album: 'How awesome is that!'

weezer-hurleyEarlier this week, Lost fans roared with “Raditude” when they heard the news those impish pop-rockers in Weezer were going to call their new album Hurley and put Jorge Garcia’s warm and fuzzy mug on the cover. (Note: “Raditude” is the name of Weezer’s last album.) But of course, no one was more tickled by this news than Jorge Garcia himself. “How awesome is that! It totally put a smile on my face, to say the least,” the actor tells EW.com. “It ranks right up there with getting my own action figure.” (For the record, Garcia is indeed a Weezer fan. Favorite song? “I’m a huge fan of the opening riff of ‘Hash Pipe’,” says Garcia. “It’s like the theme song to Peter Gunn times 1000.”)

Here’s the backstory on how Garcia found himself becoming Weezer’s cover boy. The actor says he met Rivers Cuomo backstage at The George Lopez Show on May 12 while doing press for Lost. They talked for a bit, and then Cuomo asked Garcia if he could get a photo taken with him. “And then two months later,’ says the actor, “I get an email from my manager saying, ‘Listen, Weezer contacted us and they want you to be on the cover of their new CD.” Garcia was then shown what he thought was a rough draft mock-up of the cover using the photo he took with Cuomo, albeit blown up and cropped to showcase just Garcia’s face. “But it wasn’t a mock-up. They wanted to use that specific photo,” says Garcia. “I thought that was really cool.”

Asked what he was thinking and feeling in the moment that’s captured in the photo, Garcia says: “It was just surreal. It’s always surreal when people come up to you and tell you that they’re fans of the show. So it was really kinda cool that in this case it was Rivers, because I had listened to his songs for so many years. It was just so surprising. And then it was over before I knew it.”

Garcia says he hasn’t heard any of the songs on Hurley, which according to Rolling Stone has a 1960s pop rock vibe. He hopes to get a sneak listen of the disc before the album’s release on September 15. He also hopes it will be successful enough to go gold or platinum and merit “one of those special award versions of the record that they give you when you sell a bunch of copies. Because I want one! I really want one to hang on my wall with the rest of my Lost stuff.”

FYI, according to AltPress, here’s the track list for Hurley. I look forward to mining all of them for Lost theories–especially No. 5.

Memories
Ruling Me
Trainwrecks
Unspoken
Where’s My Sex?
Run Away
Hang On
Smart Girls
Brave New World
Time Flies

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  • Laura GA

    Can’t wait for the album, sure miss Lost and Doc Jensen’s column

    • Addison

      This is epic. Two things I like, put together to make a third thing that I like.

      I am the center of the universe.

  • DOC RUles

    DOC!! Dude we miss your epic recaps please WRITE FOR RUBICON!!!

  • mack

    This is really cool, love Weezer and Lost, and I hate to burst bubbles, but I saw in another interview that Rivers didn’t start watching the show until recently…so nothing LOST-y on this cd.

  • RobP

    Yeah, it’s pretty raditude to see this post come from the good Doc. I watched the first couple of Totally Losts this week, hadn’t seen them before, and I got a little misty that we wouldn’t get those anymore.

    Oh, and I’ll actually buy this album just to help Hurley go platinum.

  • steve

    Loooove it! Love Weezer, Love LOST, Love Jorge Garcia! Awesome! :D

  • Mike

    Never heard Weezer…maybe gotta check it out. Anything LOST and Hurley is fine by me.

    BTW….Doc…about that part 3…let’s move it…please.

    • steve

      @Mike

      No offense, but how could you have not heard any Weezer? I’m not bashing you by any means, that is just real suprising to me.

  • John R.

    He’s right about “Hash Pipe.” Awesome riff. Almost as good as Geronimo Jackson.

  • Kim

    I miss Lost soooo much! I miss not having it to look forward to come winter.

  • TQB

    Yay Jorge!!! We love you, man!!

  • amanda

    DUDE! that’s awesome

  • InTheDale

    I soooo miss Doc’s LOST columns. Isn’t there ANYTHING else you can say about LOST???

  • Jon

    I know someone who met Jorge Garcia and said he was the nicest guy in the world. So good for him.

  • Chris

    Perfect pairing – an irrelevant band putting an irrelevant actor on its album cover. But hey how about that Lost ending? It was IN A CHURCH! OMG!!!!

    • Frank

      Chris, you are an idiot. Weezer is still very relevant.

  • Hurley

    Dude…that’s a w e s o m e!

  • jackson

    OMG i iove weezer and lost hugo is my favorate

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