October 5, 2006
Clues to family drama’s Jewish roots finally add up on ‘Numb3rs’
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Morrow says he is pleased that the Eppes family is now openly Jewish and would like to see his character embrace his religion, perhaps even study with a rabbi, which could rouse provocative moral questions about his day job. This opinion also sets Morrow apart from his co-stars, who would have preferred that the family's religion remain unknown.
Krumholtz says he wants all outsiders, regardless of religion, to identify with the socially awkward Charlie; he also worries about typecasting ("I don't want to be the Jew of all time," he quips, only half-joking).
Morrow recently offered the younger actor some brotherly advice. He spoke of how his own career suffered after "Northern Exposure," because he refused to accept any roles that in any way reminded him of Dr. Joel Fleischman (i.e., characters who were nebbishy, neurotic or intellectual).
"You can't have the three of us in a frame together, looking the way we do, and not think we're Jewish," he says. "It would be just like having the proverbial white elephant in the room."
"Numb3rs" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on CBS.
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