Rapper/Actor and Executive Producer talk about the intense Season Finale
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges seems to be living in the best of both worlds. With a top flight career as a rap artist, the performer has also put together a very solid acting career. Reprising his role as Darius Parker on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (from last season's episode 'Venom'), Bridges plays the step-son of Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (Ice-T) and son of Teresa Randall (guest star LisaGay Hamilton), who is currently on trial for the brutal murder of a woman and her baby. The show will air as the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season Finale.
We recent caught up with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit executive producer Dr. Neal Baer to discuss the SVU finale and Bridges' role
within the show.
Ludacris, do you and Ice-T ever battle it out on the set? Or, do you separate the rapping from the acting?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: (Laughs) No, we don't rap on the SVU set. It's all about acting. We don't battle it out. We might tell old stories, tour stories, but not focus on music while we're on set.
Do you think television allows you to do different stuff as an actor than maybe movies do?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: Yeah, I think it does give me different stuff and I feel like television moves a lot faster than movie sets do. It's kinda like they have to get things done within a certain timeframe. So do movies but it seems like, as far as television is concerned, it just moves a helluva lot faster. It is different. I love working on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
I hear you're also doing a voice on The Simpsons?
Is it yourself or a different character?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: No, I play myself.
Might we see Darius Parker back on the first episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit next year? Or, is his job done?
Dr. Neal Baer: He could certainly come back in the future. As you'll see from the show, well you'll see because he's on trial for murder, he defends himself which is cool. So now he takes on the role of a lawyer with Steven Weber playing his lawyer as well. He goes up against not only all of our characters but LisaGay Hamilton, who plays his mother and it is so intense. We always keep the door open for this ongoing story. It's great because it shakes up Ice-T and there's not that much that shakes up his character.
Ludacris, had you been watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since it first started airing?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: You just kind of stumble upon it. Especially if you understand how the original Law & Order... when I was young, I used to watch that off and on. From then, knowing Ice-T... you kinda stumble upon things, you hear about it. Once you start watching a television show that you love you can't stop watching it.
Ludacris, with the various things you have going on how did you find the time to be able to do this?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: (Laughs) We kinda had to make it happen, my man. I don't know. It just happened.
With everything you have going on, Ludacris, do you still have ideas and ambitions for other things you want to do?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: Absolutely. One day I'd like to be like Big Wolf! I think we all aspire to be like that. To produce some things or have... three episodes on at the same time.
Neal, Is the shake up that the Darius Parker character causes part of why Adam Beach's character is back?
Dr. Neal Baer: Chris causes Ice-T's character Fin major, major, major problems that go back many years. While everything is in disarray, SVU needs some extra hands and Adam's character is brought in to help out. That's how we got Adam in and you'll see what happens in the fall, how this all shakes out. Also, there's a big reveal, I know it's been in the press, about a pregnancy?
Dr. Neal Baer: I think May 8 gives you lots of clues to Chris's episode and what happens to (Christopher) Meloni's character.
Ludacris, when you play the Darius Parker character you look much different than you do in real life. Is that something that you notice when you look in the mirror?
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges: Absolutely, that's what I love about doing it.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season Finale airs on May 22 from 10-11ET/PT on NBC.
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