It's been a rather interesting career path for Ice-T to say the least, as the rapper-turned-actor has gone from robbing banks to playing one of TV's most beloved cops for over two decades on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The irony isn't lost on T himself, who never could have foreseen himself becoming more well known for playing a fictional detective than for his Platinum and Gold rap albums. Reflecting on his career on Straight Up Steve Austin, T says as much in his chat with Stone Cold.
"Playing a police! How the f-k?" Ice-T says of his SVU role. "You know, I went on the show to do four episodes, man. Here it is, we're starting the 22nd season. I can't really explain it, man."
Since 2000, Ice-T has been portraying Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, a former narcotics officer who joins Stabler and Benson with the Special Victims Unit. When asked if shooting the series is still fun after all this time, T confirmed that it certainly is because of the work environment. The actor also shares a story about how he initially failed to mingle well with his co-stars, but once the series started chugging along, everything worked out just fine.
"Here's a funny story," T explains. "So when I first got on the show I was with Richard Belzer. And I was there for about three months, and they were like, 'Well, Ice, you're not bonding with the group.' Meaning, I guess they didn't think I was gonna go out to lunch with them and all that. I was just saying my lines."
The "Cop Killer" rapper adds, "And I told them, I said Chris, Mariska, Belzer, Dan. I said, 'I used to rob banks. I don't need to like you guys. I just need to know that you know how to drive, you know how to control the room, you know how to go in the safe, you know how to listen to the radio. Guess what? After we rob some banks, we'll be the best f--king friends in the world.' And we've been robbing the bank for 22 years."
Not only is Law & Order: SVU in its 22nd season, the series is preparing to welcome back a familiar face. After leaving the series after its first 12 seasons, Christopher Meloni will return as Elliot Stabler for a special appearance in SVU. The reunion will be used to set up Meloni's new spinoff series, Law & Order: Organized Crime, following Stabler as he takes on a new kind of criminal in New York. Meloni and Mariska Hargitay recently shared images teasing Stabler's return from the SVU set.
Last year, Ice-T was also featured as a dancing Disco Ball on the reality competition series The Masked Dancer. It's perhaps not as ironic as playing a police officer, but it's still something Ice-T and his fans might have had some trouble predicting back in the early 1990s. In any case, Law & Order: SVU would certainly not be the same without him, so it seems like everything worked out perfectly for everyone. This news comes to us from Straight Up Steve Austin.