Picks and Pans Review: Talking With...Tony Shalhoub
He's not as scientific when it comes to choosing his roles. "I never really became an actor to play myself," says Shalhoub, who gained attention as the naive cabbie Antonio Scarpacci on the 1990s sitcom Wings. He also has a sure gig as an alien in the Men in Black films. "They can't kill my character off," he says. "They blast my head off, and it grows back."
Shalhoub is hoping that Monk, which he coproduces, will be similarly resilient, and that real OCD sufferers will embrace his portrayal. "We certainly haven't had any letter-writing campaigns so far," he says. "Imagine the campaign—it would be endless, wouldn't it?"