In the upcoming Showtime television series "Sleeper Cell," Tel Aviv-born actor Oded Fehr plays Farik, the leader of a Muslim terrorist cell, who poses as a synagogue-going Jew as his cover.
Fehr now savors the irony of the casting and plotline, but he was less enthusiastic when a producer initially approached him.
Oded Fehr's shining moment came when an Arab recently unrolled his car window and shouted, "You make us Middle Easterners proud!"
He was referring to the Israeli actor's performance as dashing desert warrior Ardeth Bay, Brendan Fraser's Mummy-busting partner in "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns." "Given the political situation, that was the nicest compliment I could get," says the star of the new NBC drama "UC: Undercover," who was voted "Sexiest Import" by People in 1999. "Arabs have been unfairly typecast as terrorists, and I was proud to play one who was heroic."