Nov. 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM ET
Jorge Garcia may be best known for his role as the friendly and lovable Hurley on "Lost," but he's leaving the big guy behind on the island as he heads to the skies for his next huge role -- a giant. The actor is set to appear Sunday on fairy-tale drama "Once Upon a Time" as the gargantuan dude of "Mickey and the Beanstalk" fame (Disney's take on "Jack and the Beanstalk").
But don't expect his giant to be a nice guy.
"Times are a changin', people! Now I'm murderous!" the actor told The Clicker. "Stuff like this is definitely something I've been looking forward to getting to do because of where I've been. ... Playing people who might be a bit more bitter is definitely fun."
The Giant will be facing off against Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Capt. Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) as the two make their trek up the famed beanstalk to steal a magic compass from him that could send the two and their gang to Storybrooke. But it's not going to be an easy task. While the giant in the fairy-tale is not exactly the smartest guy, Garcia says his Giant will prove to be a formidable foe.
"(My guy is) much smarter!" Garcia said. " 'Beanstalk' giant has kind of a slow quality to him, not the smartest. This giant seems a lot more together for sure."
And as the behind-the-scenes photo above shows, this new Giant appears to get his hands on one of the intruders.
"I could be holding someone in my hand. The other hand just might be on the Empire State Building!" Garcia joked. "There will be that kind of large hand, little body thing coming up. You'll have to see it."
Two things you won't be seeing Sunday, though, are The Giant's wife and the hen that lays golden eggs -- both of which were in the original classic tale. But that doesn't mean they might not come up later on "Once."
"Maybe in a month or so," the actor said. He revealed that last week, show creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz called and asked him to do another episode.
For now, Giant's tale is "a bit introductory, you get a little bit of a taste of where he's coming from," Garcia said. But there will be more soon. "(Kitsis and Horowitz) pitched me a backstory for The Giant, it's a good one. ... They definitely have the inklings as to where it could go. I'm happy to let them unravel the story because what they pitched me was great."
"Once Upon a Time" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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