People: Dec. 18, 2006


For a second season, Michael Ealy stars as a Black Muslim undercover FBI agent in the Showtime mini-series Sleeper Cell

How does a show that deals with radical Muslims and terror plots avoid turning off viewers?

I think because we show the humanity behind the characters, as opposed to making them one-dimensional, evil people.

What made the creators think a Black Muslim hero was a good idea?

They thought it would be the most accurate portrayal of a Muslim in America, outside that of an Arab-American.

Did you really study the Koran and learn to speak Arabic?


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