Watch as 'Law & Order: SVU' Star Ice-T Gives Fans a Glimpse at the Show's Set (Video)

Ice T gave fans a glimpse into the set of the hit police procedure show "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as it gears up for the series' 22nd season.

For the last 21 years, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has been entertaining and educating audiences around the world with its realistic depiction of sex crimes, and how law enforcement handles them.

The series is now one of the longest-running of all time, and its 22nd season is about to debut, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Actor Ice T shared a clip on Twitter that shows how the actors and crew of the series are staying safe on set.

Ice-T and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" costar Mariska Hargitay in 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Ice-T and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" costar Mariska Hargitay in 2005 | Source: Getty Images

WELCOME TO "LAW & ORDER: SVU"

In his tweet, Ice T gives fans a quick tour behind the scenes of the show's famous squad set, and points out that everyone is required to wear masks at all times and maintain a safety distance of 2m.

Ice T also introduced the man in charge of enforcing the rules, who not only makes sure everyone wears their mask -- he has a thermometer to keep tabs on everyone's temperature, in case any of the cast develops a fever.

FROM A LIFE OF CRIME

What many fans may not know is that Ice-T, who has been playing Sargeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on "L&O: SVU" for the last 20 years, knows a lot about crime, but from the other side.

As a young man growing up in Los Angeles, the orphaned Ice-T sold cannabis and stole car parts to support himself. Then in the 80s he started making a name for himself, first as a DJ, then as a rapper.

Benson inspired Hargitay to become a real-life crisis counselor for victims of domestic violence and to create a nonprofit organization called the Joyful Heart Foundation

Music turned Ice-T's life around, and he started acting, which led to him being offered the role of Tutuola, a former streetwise narcotics cop who hets reassigned to the SVU unit of the NYPD.

Playing Olivia Benson, an NYPD detective who rises through her ability to the rank of lieutenant of the SVU is actress Mariska Hargitay. Hargitay has been  Benson for 21 years, and the character has changed her life.

Benson inspired Hargitay to become a real-life crisis counselor for victims of domestic violence and to create a nonprofit organization called the Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission statement reads:

"Our mission is to transform society's response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors' healing, and end this violence forever."

The series often calls attention to sensitive issues and explores real-life stories in a fictionalized form, and has had a substantial impact on how society views sex offenders and reacts to victims.

"Law & Order: SVU" has already been confirmed for 3 more seasons, and we can expect that this inspiring series will continue being renewed for many more. 

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