I saw the movie The Mummy (in Hebrew: “Hamumia”) when I was visiting my brother in Jerusalem about five years ago. It took about five minutes for me to realize that nearly all the “Egyptians” in the movie were being played by Israelis. It also took about five minutes for me to start breathing again after the hot Oded Fehr first rolled back his hood to reveal his
Semitic “Egyptian” punim. (And that’s so not my look, generally speaking. But I made an exception.)
Oded, of course, is Israeli. And you may know him from such movies as The Mummy Returns and Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo , and from TV’s Charmed, where he played a very evil, very — how you say? ah yes –sexy head demon who was trying to destroy Samantha Miselli, Marilyn Manson’s ex-fiancee and the other one you’ve never heard of (a stellar resume indeed). But now the former Israeli Navyman and El Al security guard is taking on the challenge of playing someone for whom he has no empathy, a Muslim terrorist, in a Showtime mini-series that airs in December.
“I told my agent I didn’t want to do it,â€ said Fehr, who at 34 has the tall, dark and handsome looks of an old-time Hollywood idol, as he sits outside a Starbucks in Los Angeles. After he read the script, Fehr changed his mind. â€œThe writing was fantastic,â€ he said. â€œThere was also the challenge â€” I have never played a role that was so far from me.â€
As Ferik, Fehr is chillingly convincing as the alternately menacing and personable leader of the multinational terrorist cell, plotting to spread havoc at some of the best known Los Angeles-area landmarks. Among the likely targets considered in the opening segment are the Los Angeles International Airport, the Rose Bowl, the UCLA campus and local nuclear facilities.
I personally recommend that you skip the end of the article, unless you want your fantasies ruined by learning that he’s married with a kid named Atticus. (But in Hebrew it’s Attikot, undoubtedly.)