‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Dylan McDermott Stuns in Slow Motion

by John Jamison
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Richard Wheatley actor Dylan McDermott has never looked the villain more than he does in a video posted to Instagram recently. The Law & Order: Organized Crime star must not have gotten the memo that today was a good day.

After all, the backing track to his slow-motion excursion is Ice Cube’s 1992 anthem “It Was A Good Day.” But watching McDermott stride determinedly down a graffiti-ridden street, you’d have thought he woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Black Leather Is a Surefire Way to Look Like a Bad Guy

We get it. Dylan McDermott has famously played several big-time bad guys in his day. Who can forget his ex-secret service character Forbes betraying Gerard Butler in Olympus Has Fallen? These days, however, fans of Law & Order: Organized Crime recognize him as the mobbed-up nemesis of Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler.

McDermott’s characters aside, the black leather trench coat he’s rockin’ as he struts down the street has us half-convinced he’s a supervillain in real life. We’re kidding. Or are we? The black leather gloves to match and the unimpressed look he gives toward the camera are classic bad guy staples.

Maybe badass is the better way to put it. Holding McDermott’s portrayal of Richard Wheatley against him beyond Law & Order: Organized Crime is unfair. But who knows? Maybe he went the full-on method acting route. We can only hope McDermott isn’t running around New York stirring up trouble. He did live and work in the city during the mafia’s golden age… yeah, maybe we should just leave it there.

No, Seriously, the ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Grew Up Around the Mafia

Look, no one is actually accusing Dylan McDermott of being a bad guy here. But his history in New York is fascinating, to say the least. It’s also one of the motivating factors behind him taking the Richard Wheatley role on Law & Order: Organized Crime in the first place.

“I love the crime world. I grew up in New York, and I was seeing the mafia around town, watching them. And I remember going with my dad to Umbertos Clam House, where Joey Gallo got killed in Little Italy. I remember when Paul Castellano got killed in front of Sparks Steakhouse,” McDermott told TV Line in April.

Dylan McDermott was clearly a perfect fit for the Richard Wheatley character—the son of fictional mob boss Manfredi Sinatra (Chazz Palminteri).

“So, it was always some elements that I was around. I thought it was infinitely interesting, the social clubs where the mobsters would hang out. I liked that world. Something about that world really intrigued me,” McDermott continued.

The black leather choice is starting to make sense now.