Abraham out from shadows
Has given the actor a new following, writes
MINOR guest role on TV spy series Homeland has done for actor F. Murray Abraham what his best actor Oscar didn’t – made him recognisable.
Abraham used to say it was refreshing, that despite his 1984 Academy Award as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, he could leave his New York apartment and take the subway without being noticed.
But that all changed following a twoepisode appearance on Homeland as retired black ops specialist Dar Adal.
Abraham’s cover as just another New Yorker was blown when he arrived home one day to find a letter from a Homeland fan shoved under his door.
‘‘There’s something about the intimacy of television that makes people feel like they can approach you,’’ says Abraham.
‘‘One of the people in my apartment, who I barely know, dropped off a long three-page letter about the character and what he thinks he will do. He knows more about the character than I do.’’
Abraham will to have to get used to being recognised and possibly more letters being posted under his flat’s door after he signed-on as a regular for the third season of Homeland.
Abraham’s decision to join Homeland ticks a couple of firsts in a distinguished career and not the least is that this is his debut in a regular TV role.
‘‘This is the biggest contract I have done for TV,’’ says Abraham.
‘‘You have to say yes to something like this, it’s that simple. It’s good stuff.
‘‘I’ve done episodic TV and I wouldn’t want to be a permanent part of some of those shows at all . . . this is just damn quality and I don’t think there are any better.’’
Besides his neighbour’s overly curious intrusion, Abraham has discovered a kind of prying eye in the street and the subway. He says it’s like there is a kind of unwritten code among New York fans of the show, as they rarely bother him when he is out in public, which he appreciates.
Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham