The name of 'Lost's' Man in Black is...
August 5th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

The name of 'Lost's' Man in Black is...

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, 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.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Tommy

    The man in black is, of course, Johnny Cash as we all know.

    August 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    What show is this? Sounds stupid.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Timesink

    It's really too bad so many of us (former fans) really care now. I guess it'sbetter for my bank account that I now have no remaining inteerst in the DVD set or the auction.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa Howard

    August 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gene

    Tell that to your mom.

    August 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Normalee

    They should have named him Edward, since Jacob and Edward have been in epic biblical battle for the affections of lonely middle-aged housewives Bella since the dawn of time.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh No

      Barf. Not everything must be associated with the garbage that is Twilight.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |

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