Thanks to NBC, SideReel’s Yael got to talk to one of the stars of Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit. Ice-T has been portraying Detective Fin Tutuola since the early days of the show, made a name for himself as one of the most controversial rappers of the late 80s/early 90s. Most recently Ice-T released his second book ICE: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood
SideReelYael: How’s it going from the man behind ‘Cop Killer’ to being Detective Tutuola?
Ice-T: …Its surreal sometimes, I work in a police station and all these extras are walking around, and they’re dressed as cops and I’m like, wow, bugged out, you know? Sometimes I get to drive a car and I sit in the front of the car- I never got to sit in the front of the car in my life- so, its interesting, you know? … I’ve had a lot of experience with police. So I know how to play a cop.
SideReelYael: How is ‘ICE’ different from your previous book?
Ice-T: I just think it’s more mature. I think that my other book was written right when I was in the Cop-Killer turmoil. I was a little angry- its more about opinion- With this book, its more like, chronologically takes you step by step through my life and, witness a turning point, and it ends up here, where everyone’s very familiar.
SideReelYael: As a rapper and actor, what advice do you have for people trying to break into any of those industries?
Ice-T: Music? Music is very different right now. Music is very pop. So back in the days, where I could make a record and sell without radio play, now – I cant really coach any body. I just feel that if you’re not out to make pop music, you have to be prepared to not have the record sales….
As far as acting- learn how to act! Take the time, go to a class, learn some of it. I got pulled into it, I didn’t know what I was doing, but now I’ve been acting for about 20 years and I think I’m just starting to get it.
SideReelYael: There was a recent episode of SVU where your words on twitter were written into the script- what was that like?
Ice-T: You know, on SVU the writers are always looking for something real. You know, they’re always looking for things that are real. And I, uh, the people on my twitter [@FINALLEVEL] … they told me about this guy who was putting out books, "How To", you know, for Child Molestation… I’m like are you being serious? So we had a debate- not a debate- you know, but a healthy conversation on my twitter feed and Law & Order took it and we wrote a story about it. So, it was kind of cool.
SideReelYael: I know a lot of people would kill me if I didn’t ask, what can you tell us about Season 13 of SVU?
Ice-T: Season 13 is… the showrunner, Neal Baer, just left- he went over to CBS, so we’re all kind of in Limbo. We don’t have any of the new scripts, or any idea of where season 13 is going, you know. We’re just glad we’re coming back for Season 13.
Don’t miss the final few episodes of Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit Wednesdays at 10pm on NBC.