August 5th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
One of the unsolved mysteries of "Lost" (a few of which may be resolved by the upcoming DVD set) was the real name of the Man in Black. The third-to-last episode, which included the birth and childhood of the character, didn't shed any light on the subject either.
But according to the fan site Docarzt.com, that mystery appears to be solved... or is it?
A catalog for the upcoming "Lost" auction includes the chair belonging to actor Titus Welliver, who portrayed the original form of the Man in Black, with the name "Samuel" underneath.
However, this isn't the first time that name has surfaced. Back in May, CNN spoke to actor Mark Pellegrino, who recalled auditioning for the character of Jacob: "At first I was auditioning for a guy named Jason, and reading with a character named Samuel. We were doing a scene with a guy like the Man in Black."
So it appears that Samuel was something of a "placeholder" name for the character early on (and the producers didn't want Pellegrino to know that he might be playing the iconic Jacob just yet).
For whatever reason, it seems that executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse just liked the idea of the series' main villain being a man without a name (after all, Allison Janney's character, his adopted mother, was never named either).
So, for those who really want to call the character something besides the Man in Black, or "Smokey," the name Samuel will have to do.
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