Hector Elizondo best known for his work on Chicago Hope has joined the cast of Monk, the USA Network series about a quirky, obsessive compulsive detective played by Tony Shalhoub.
Elizondo plays Monks new therapist, and he admits that his own OCD tendency is to constantly talk about food with his co-stars.
He says, I have a compulsion to talk about eating all the time. Its a measuring stick for me; If you like food, youre okay with me!
His ice-breaking, food-related discussions are quickly making Elizondo part of the Monk family.
He feels like hes worked with the cast for years and says the gig is like slipping into a pair of old, comfortable slippers.
And the backstage crew knows exactly how to treat their new star.
Elizondo explains, I like it here. They feed you, give you water, and drive you around in electric cars!
Monks seventh season premieres Friday (Jul. 18) on USA Network.
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