As much as we loved Bradley Walsh in the UK’s Law & Order spin-off, there’s nothing quite like the double act of Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Fortunately, that double act shows no sign of splitting up, as Ice-T has revealed he’ll be a part of Law & Order as long as Mariska is, too.
The pair appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk all things SVU (as well as bagels) when they revealed their tighter-than-ever bond.
Talking about his role as Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutola, Ice-T – whose full non-stage name is Tracy Lauren Marrow – admitted he was only supposed to appear on the crime drama “for four episodes”.
Of course, Fin has stayed on the scene for 20 years now, something Ice-T is very “happy” about.
“I’m not going nowhere until she’s gone,” he said, referring to his on-screen partner.
“We’re sticking together!” Mariska, who plays Olivia Benson, added. “We [work well together]. It’s been such a crazy, surprise journey and gift.”
Although it’s now officially TV’s longest-running primetime drama, Law & Order creator Dick Wolf has no shortage of ideas for the series moving forward.
Explaining the inspiration behind SVU‘s 21st season – and a brand new spin-off series – Wolf recently said his objective is to “depict what’s really going on in our cities”.
“[I want to] shine a light on the wide-ranging victims and show that justice can prevail,” he continued.
“Twenty years ago when SVU began, very few people felt comfortable coming forward and reporting these crimes, but when you bring the stories into people’s living rooms — with characters as empathetic as Olivia Benson — a real dialogue can begin.”
The 21st season of Law and Order: SVU will premiere on NBC in the US in September, 2019.
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