The Man Behind the Hiro

I’ve become a quick fan of NBC’s new superpowered series Heroes, with a particular fondness for the character Hiro Nakamura, a japanese office worker who discovers he can control time and space to a limited extent.

The thing that amazes me the most, though, is reading about the actor who plays him, Masi Oka. Not only has he been in a number of movies and television series, but according to his cast bio:

After graduating from Brown University with degrees in mathematics and computer science and a theatre arts minor, Oka pursued an acting career while taking his first job at George Lucas’ Oscar-winning special effects house Industrial Light & Magic.

Today, despite his successful career as an actor, he continues to provide ILM with technology for groundbreaking effects for more than 30 films.

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