Law & Order: SVU is back on track. The long-running procedural drama was delayed by several months due to the writers and actors strike, but it has been given a proper release date and the cast members are now able to talk about it publicly (which they were not able to do during the strike).
It’s encouraging to see production dates popping up left and right for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and the One Chicago franchise, and now we are getting official statements from longtime SVU stars like Ice-T. The actor, who plays Sergeant Fin Tutuola, announced that he was absolutely coming back for season 25 on his Instagram.
“We OFFICIALLY start filming Season 25 of SVU on the 27th”, the actor wrote in the caption. He also addressed the fact that fans had to wait much longer for the show’s return than usual, and did so by asserting that it was an absolute necessity on the part of the cast. “Sorry for the delay”, he added. “Wasn’t personal. Just business.”
This is not the first time that Ice-T has discussed the importance of residuals, which was a major point of contention during the recent actor’s strike. During a 2022 appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the former musician recalls being unfamiliar with the term “residuals” when he first started acting.
“When I first got on the show, I was doing movies and stuff, and I didn’t understand residuals,” he explained. “And so the first year I did the show, I’m like, ‘I don’t know how long I’ll do this show. I don’t know how long.’ And then my accountant showed me this number after a year, and I’m like, ‘What’s that number?’ and she said, ‘That’s residuals.’ You don’t make residuals from movies unless you’re, like, Brad Pitt or somebody. You get, like, a dollar for a movie.”
Ice-T then told the talk show host that because of residuals, he plans to stay on Law & Order: SVU for as long as he can. He’s certainly lived up to his word so far. The actor joined the show in 2000, which his tenure as “Fin” the longest of any male performer in the history of live-action television. Not a bad legacy.
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