Ice-T Wasn’t Sure He Would’ve Liked Acting in ‘Law & Order SVU’ When He Was Younger

<p id=”par-1_36″><em><a href=””>Law & Order SVU</a> </em>did a lot for Ice-T’s acting career when <a href=””>casting him on the show</a> way back in 1999. But it was a good thing Ice-T was cast in his more mature years. If he was approached for the show when he was younger, he might’ve turned it down.</p>

<h2 class=”wp-block-heading” id=”h-what-ice-t-learned-about-himself-doing-law-amp-order-svu”>What Ice-T learned about himself doing ‘Law & Order SVU’</h2>

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<p id=”par-2_38″>Ice-T is one of <em>SVU</em>‘s veterans, having been a part of the show from the beginning. Acting wasn’t anything new to Ice-T when he was first approached for the project. But the series’ creator Dick Wolf was concerned Ice-T would have issues with playing a police officer. </p>

<p id=”par-3_42″>“When Dick Wolf put me on the show, he said, ‘Ice, you don’t like the cops, do you?’ I said, ‘Not all of ‘em. I ain’t got problems. Some of ‘em are cool.’ He said, ‘You admit we need ‘em.’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Well, play the cop we need.’ So that’s what you’re really seeing. It’s kinda like, if I was a cop, that’s how I’d act,” Ice-T once told <a href=””>Vice</a>.</p>

<p id=”par-4_29″>This led to Ice-T playing his own take on <a href=””>a cop for 25 years</a>. In a resurfaced interview with <a href=””>Black Film</a>, the rapper opened up about how the role changed him over the years.</p>

<p id=”par-5_63″>“How does it mold me as a person? It’s the most — how would I say it — [the most] consistent job I’ve ever had,” Ice-T said. “It’s the most normal [job I’ve had]. It’s like having a place you live [in], go to work, [it’s] part of that. You know, for a long time, [after] being a musician and having to travel all over the world, it’s [nice] being able to act in one place. It’s a great thing you know?”</p>

<p id=”par-6_12″>The fact that he enjoyed the show’s consistency was also different from how his younger counterpart might’ve felt about <em>SVU</em>.</p>

<p id=”par-7_78″>“I don’t know when I was really young I might not have liked it, it might have been too stagnant for me, but at this time in my life, I don’t mind being able to go home every night to the same place and have a home. As far as doing the job, how has it molded me? I think it’s made me a better actor,” he continued. “Like being able to act every day? It can’t do anything but help, so I think of being on <em>SVU</em> is like me having gone to the Harvard of acting.”</p>

<h2 class=”wp-block-heading” id=”h-why-ice-t-doesn-t-want-to-do-anything-else-on-law-amp-order-svu-other-than-act”>Why Ice-T doesn’t want to do anything else on ‘Law & Order SVU’ other than act</h2>

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<p id=”par-8_32″>Ice-T’s co-star Mariska Hargitay hasn’t just acted on the hit television series.<a href=””> She’s directed a couple of episodes</a>, fulfilling a long-held passion of hers. Ice-T was asked if he planned on perhaps following a similar path behind-the-scenes. But he wasn’t interested in doing anything other than acting on <em>SVU</em>.</p>

<p id=”par-9_65″>“I don’t want to, not with this show. Mariska directs and acts, and it’s an unimaginable task. I take my hat off to her because it takes a lot of work to direct this show,” Ice-T said. “We start a week ahead of each episode, you finish a week afterwards, while you’re simultaneously working, and… Naw. I have other projects, I have a production company and do things outside of this show. I’ve got a talk show we’re doing, and other things we’re doing. This is separate. No, I’m cool with just acting.”</p>

<h2 class=”wp-block-heading” id=”h-how-long-does-ice-t-plan-to-be-on-law-amp-order-svu”>How long does Ice-T plan to be on ‘Law & Order SVU’?</h2>

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<p id=”par-10_23″>Despite playing Fin for over two decades, Ice-T doesn’t see his <em>SVU </em>career stopping anytime soon. With the show maintaining strong ratings, Ice-T seems to plan on playing Fin <a href=””>until the show ends</a>.</p>

<p id=”par-11_23″>“I’m gonna stay on until the wheels fall off. Black people don’t jump off boats, especially when they’re still floating, you understand? We ain’t leaving,” he once said on <em>The Tonight Show </em>(via <a href=”″>Parade</a>).</p>

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