Christopher Meloni is undercover, trying to crack an Albanian gang on Law & Order: Organized Crime. And the character he’s working for might look very familiar.
Do you recognize Vinnie Jones? The 56-year-old used to be a terrific midfielder for several soccer teams in Great Britain. He played for 15 years, doing stints with Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, and Queens Park Rangers. He also served as captain of the Welsh national team. Jones probably was best known as a member of the “Crazy Gang” with Wimbledon. He was known as a terrific trash talker known for intimidating opponents.
Jones got into acting when he retired from football. His first two movies were directed by Guy Ritchie. And in 2001, he starred in Mean Machine, which was the British version of the Longest Yard. He also had a part in X- Men: The Last Stand.
His best line? “I’m the Juggernaut, b—h!”
If anything, Jones is good at playing thugs. But his part on Last & Order: Organized Crime is more nuanced.
“With Law & Order I find myself totally at home in a big role … Going toe-to-toe with Christopher Meloni,” he said. “He’s a legend in the acting world.”
“If you look at my career, it flew off the rails,” Jones said. “Went up, went to Hollywood, everything else: bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. The wheels were going, it was a downhill train and everybody was on it – the train was full!”
On Law & Order: Organized Crime, Stabler Goes Undercover, Works for Albi
Meloni’s Elliot Stabler tries to ingratiate himself with Albi Briscu. And in the second episode, Meloni tracks him to a nightclub. It turns out, Albi is gay. Albi wanted to kill Stabler, he even handed him a shovel to dig his grave. But somehow Stabler convinces him he’ll keep his secret among the macho types.
But Stabler decides to romance Albi’s wife, who is played by Lolita Davidovich. They shared drinks at the end of Thursday’s episode. Stabler slipped a drug in her wine, then took photos of documents in her apartment.
In real life, Jones dealt with heartache two years ago. His wife Tanya died in July 2019. She was only 53. The two had known each other since they were 12. She had a heart transplant when she was 21 and twice battled cervical cancer. The cancer returned and spread to her lungs and brain.
“I’m content with crashing my way through the last 10, 20, 30 years of my life in God’s waiting room, in Tanya’s waiting room,” Jones told Piers Morgan last year. “I’d let her down so many times, but she’d catch me.”
Jones told Morgan he’d never remarry. He’s now filming Law & Order: Organized Crime in New York. British tabloids snapped his photo this week as he was on the set. Albi was wearing a black leopard shirt and black pants, looking very happy.