‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Ice-T Doesn’t Use His Old Catch Phrase Anymore: Here’s Why

by Joe Rutland
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Ice-T has been playing Odafin “Fin” Tutuola for a long time on “Law & Order: SVU.” He used to have a catchphrase but stopped using it. Why?

Well, Outsiders, let’s take a look and see what is happening with all of this.

An article from Looper indicates that he reached a decision to stop using “that’s messed up” on the show.

He talked about his reasons with News.com.au. A drinking game was made where every time Fin said the catchphrase, then people drank.

“After that drinking game got made, the writers got a hold of that and they stopped,” Ice-T said. “… So you’re not gonna get that drunk unless you watch old episodes.”

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But he also suggested people drink “whenever someone says ‘call a bus.'” The term is used by policemen regarding an ambulance.

Thursday nights, Outsiders, you can catch Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay holding crime down in New York City. They’ve been on “Law & Order: SVU” from the first and second seasons, respectively. Catch a new episode this Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on NBC.

The music star really wasn’t supposed to be on forever, or it seems like forever.

“SVU” creator Dick Wolf had a four-show arc that led the new show away from the franchise bearer “Law & Order.”

Ice-T Has Fast, Easy Response For People Who Ask Him How Long He’s Been on ‘SVU’

In March, Ice-T told Access Hollywood, “And here I am now on season 22. So I guess you say, ‘never say never.'”

Why so long the show? “When people ask how I can be on a show for so long, I say, ‘It’s easy,'” Ice-T said to TV Insider. He said that everyone on the show is very cool. “No one has harsh words and Dick Wolf’s checks clear, so it’s nice work,” Ice-T said.

Outsiders, if you work with someone for a long time, then you begin to notice patterns in their speech and behavior.

Hargitay talks about Ice-T also having a philosophic side to himself. He is known on the set as the Philosopher King. She breaks it down in this interview with TV Insider in 2018.

She said Ice-T will go on his philosopher rants.

“Everyone gathers around because the way he breaks everything down is clear and simple,” Hargitay said. “He takes all the complex and whiny stuff out of it, like, ‘Here’s the deal.’ And in 19 years, I’ve never seen him in a bad mood or raise his voice.”

It’s always worth it to keep an eye on him when watching an episode. Ice-T has a way of communicating with actors that transcends into the viewer’s life.