‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Why Christopher Meloni Says Working With Actors Like Dylan McDermott Offers a ‘Richer Experience

by John Jamison
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Christopher Meloni played Detective Elliot Stabler from 1999 to 2011 on “Law & Order: SVU.” This year, the fan-favorite actor finally returned to the Dick Wolf-produced universe with a small arc on the long-running show. And what he initially thought was a small reprisal of his role turned into a full-blown spin-off show called “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

That isn’t what he originally envisioned. But after he agreed, Meloni was pleased to find a talented cast with which he could thrive. One of the bigger names involved with the show is Dylan McDermott. The “Olympus Has Fallen” actor plays the Season 1 villain, Richard Wheatley.

In an interview with Goldderby.com, the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star talked about what brought him back to the franchise and how he’s enjoying his time working on the show.

“He and I had quite a few long discussions because we both came out of the same acting technique (Meisner) and we’re of the same years,” Meloni said. “And I have found that when I work with someone who has done the Meisner technique, there’s a shorthand. It’s that much easier and you share certain instincts. For me, it becomes a richer experience.”

It’s a good sign when the top-billed good guy and the villain are on the same page like this. It can only make for great chemistry on-screen. And “Law & Order” fans will be pleased to know that Meloni considered the experience with McDermott “so much fun.”

And not only did Christopher Meloni have fun with Season 1, but he has already said that he plans to come back for more in a much longer Season 2 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

The ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Loves the Format of the New Show

Christopher Meloni is a guy who has existed in the “Law & Order” world since close to the beginning. There have been plenty of iterations of the show, many of which have failed. But Meloni seems to think that they’re onto something with “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

According to him, the storytelling is not exactly the same as it has been on past or current versions of the show.

“I thought with the serialization, there was a great opportunity for expansion,” Meloni said in the interview. Then he sang the praises of the mind behind the show.

“Thank God we have Ilene Chaiken as a showrunner who is leading the charge. Her job is to break the big rocks. I think she’s a great storyteller. She’s a wonderful leader and collaborator,” Meloni continued.

Ilene Chaiken has worked on such projects as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Empire,” and “Stumptown.” She knows what it takes to put a good story out there. And because of that, it seems Christopher Meloni is excited for the future of “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

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