‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Stars Discussed How They Prepared to Play Criminals

by Lauren Boisvert
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Caroline Lagerfelt and Vinnie Jones played two very different villains from the same crime family on “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” They played brother and sister Agnes Bogdani and Albi Briscu, respectively. But while Albi accepted Stabler’s Eddie Wagner into the crime syndicate, Agnes was more aloof and suspicious. Lagerfelt and Jones spoke recently about their characters, and what it was like to prepare for villains.

“I’ve been a stage actress for 25 years and I love to do my research,” Lagerfelt said. “I’ve been reading everything about [Albania]. I practice my Albanian with my super every day when I walk past him. He was very happy when I told him the word ‘love’ that I had learned. He had a big smile on his face. And so I’m really enjoying it.”

She also spoke about playing a character with a speech defect. Agnes barely spoke due to an injury from a shooting she was involved in. “I researched these different speech defects,” she said, “And the one they had chosen, which we went with, was a kind where after brain damage, where actually part of your mouth and your gums are paralyzed. And your voice is very hoarse, you know, and they didn’t want to be able to decipher the actual words.”

She went on to talk about how she used tone and facial expression to convey her lines through a non-verbal character. “There’s so much you can do with tone and expression and gesture,” she said.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Vinnie Jones Talks Playing Another Villain

Vinnie Jones also took up the mantle of another villain on “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” He played the villain Danny Brickwell on “Arrow,” so he knew a little something about playing a bad guy. He’d just never played an Albanian bad guy before.

“Well, my manager phoned me, and I auditioned for it, sent my tape in and they liked the tape. But they were more concerned about the accent. So I [did] an Albanian accent, sent that in, and they loved it,” Jones told CinemaBlend. “And then [my manager] said, ‘There’s good news and bad news.’ I said, ‘Okay, what is it?’ He said, ‘You don’t get killed.’ I went ‘Hurrah’ because I get killed in most of my movies or TV shows.”

Jones went on to ask his manager, “‘What’s the bad news?’ He said, ‘You’re bald.’ So I embraced it.”

Jones elaborated on the fact that most of his characters get killed off or jailed, saying, “There was a lot of rumors on set that we’re going to be killed and then we’re going to be blown up […] And then I think they loved our characters so much that they kept us alive.”

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