I remember the day I first saw Mr. Oded Fehr. I was sitting watching The Mummy (1999). Needless to say, expectations were not Oscar high. I was just sitting there enjoying a fun film when, OMG! This dark, mysterious, clad in black, long haired (I have always been partial for the long haired look on some guys. Hell on most guys but that’s beside the point) stranger came on screen. I was smitten. Yes, Brendan Fraser is also handsome but well, did I mention Oded was tall, dark and handsome? Add to my surprise that the bloke actually could pull off the role of the broody, serious and intensely honorable Ardeth Bay. Just like that we went from eye-candy to talented eye-candy. WOW.
Oded has had some luck with franchise films. From his breakout role in Mummy and its sequel The Mummy Returns (2001) he went on to play Antoine Laconte in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999). Antoine is an actual gigolo who’s into weapons collecting and has the bad sense to allow Deuce (Rob Schneider) to house sit for him. He reprised that role in the second part called Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005). Next up he also participated in the Resident Evil series. In Apocalypse (2004) and Extinction (2007) Oded played a short haired, handsome and, virile Carlos Olivera. He looks so different yet yummy with short hair I almost didn’t recognize him. Along with his always disgustingly gorgeous and nauseatingly talented co-star Milla Jovovich they fight their way through swarms of the undead through Raccoon City and then reunite as they attempt to reach Alaska and try and stay alive. Butt kicking never looked so good. Guess his time in the Israeli military was great training for this one.
Oded has had a fruitful career on American TV. The critically acclaimed Showtime series “Sleeper Cell” earned award nominations and accolades. He’s added his distinctive voice to such animated shows like “American Dad”. Recently Oded was part of the large ensemble cast for the “Fame”-like pilot “Limelight”, a TV drama in which he plays Vincent Marlowe a megalomaniac and general PITA who blows his big movie star comeback and returns to the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA). The show is classified as a drama, from the general description of the various young characters trying to break into show business; his character is the more experienced one trying to make his comeback. Sadly the pilot did not get picked up. Now wouldn’t you have DVR’d this one, just to see if Oded sings or dances?
Currently Oded has project scheduled to be released in 2009. Its call Hybrid and it’s about a killer car. I don’t know if there’s anything further that can be said about that. OK maybe this: a guy\’s got to eat, right? Perhaps it\’s a social statement about man\’s dependency on fossil fuel? Yeah, probably not.
Be sure to check out the interview Ones2Watch did with Oded back in the day.
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