‘Law & Order: SVU’: How Ice-T Feels About Fin’s Relationship with Elliot Stabler

by Joe Rutland

Outsiders know Ice-T doesn’t hold back on any subject. The “Law & Order: SVU” star is letting people know about Fin and Elliot Stabler.

For those who don’t know, Ice-T plays Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola and Christopher Meloni plays Detective Elliot Stabler.

Fin and Stabler worked side by side for 10 seasons on “Law & Order: SVU.” Meloni left that show after 12 seasons, but he returned to play Stabler again on “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

What has the relationship between Fin and Stabler been like? Where is it headed? Ice-T opened up about the whole thing in an interview with Hollywood Life.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Sets Record Straight on Him, Stabler

“Fin’s cool with it,” Ice-T said while promoting his new partnership with Tide. “People say, oh, you and Stabler went at each other. I’m like, that was 15 years ago. Of course, in the writing, they’ll say, okay, you guys push up against each other.

“But I think they did that just to let people know that Fin wasn’t going to back down,” the “Law & Order: SVU” said. “They were building my character, not so much that I hated Chris, but they just wanted to see somebody that wouldn’t back off.

“Story-wise when you see the show you’re going to see I talked to Stabler first,” Ice-T said. “Stabler’s actually been contacting me, so you’ll see how it plays out.”

Ice-T has been with the NBC police drama since its second season. The only person who has appeared on that show longer is Mariska Hargitay, who plays Captain Olivia Benson. She’s been on since the first show and will return, along with Ice-T, for the show’s 23rd season. It will premiere on Sept. 23, 2021.

Would Ice-T Consider Himself Worth of Being Called A Legend?

Before appearing on “Law & Order: SVU,” Ice-T had a music career as one of hip-hop music’s pioneers. Also, he found his way into movies, too.

Does this make him a legend?

“I don’t know if you know you’re a legend,” Ice-T said in a 2013 interview with VICE. “It’s kinda like something people have to tell you.”

Ice-T said, ‘It’s like a girl who says she looks good—it doesn’t really count. People have to say she looks good.

“I think to be a ‘legend,’ you really have to span a few generations,” Ice-T said. “There have to be stories about you that could be true and could be false. You become immortalized in folk legendry.”

He offers up an example to the interviewer for VICE.

“Like, ‘I heard about the time Ice-T killed seven people!’ All these crazy stories,” Ice-T, who has been on “Law & Order: SVU” for 21 of its 22 seasons, said.