Ice-T remembers a memorable line from Richard Belzer when they first signed up for ‘SVU’

Richard Belzer He just knew how to break the deadlock ice tea when they were first paired together “Law & Order: SVU” More than 20 years ago.

Ice-T shared with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” on March 1, how the late comedian helped him feel better as the rapper was settling into his new role as the Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola Back in the year 2000.

“It’s hard to talk about Belzer without him being funny,” said Ice-T. Belzer got me really fast. He said, ‘Ice T, you’ll be my partner.’ Do you know what I’m looking for in a text? I’m like, ‘What?’ He goes, ‘Days off.'”

Pelzer, who He died at the age of 78 Last month, he played Detective John Munch on “SVU” since 1999 during 2013. He partnered with the character Ice-T to form a duo full of deadpans that brought dark humor to the grim storylines.

Ice-T told Fallon that the two “clicked really fast” on their way to becoming likable characters on the show.

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“He said, ‘We’re both nightclub entertainers. We both don’t like working late, and we don’t like working very much. You and I would make great partners,'” Ice-T said. “I said, ‘Well Belzer, you’re Jewish and I’m black, so if the Klan comes along, I’ll have to outdo you.'” “I love Belzer, man.”

Ice-T also praised Belzer on Twitter On February 19 after hearing the news of his death, he wrote “I’m going to miss you, Homie”.

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The actor was also remembered in The first posthumous “SVU” episodewhich ended with a card reading “In Memory of Richard Belzer” in the show’s iconic font.

Belzer’s death came on the heels of a momentous week for Ice-T that began with him performing alongside other rap legends at the… An epic tribute to 50 years of hip-hop At the Grammy Awards. Just days later, he was celebrated with A.J Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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“So I have one of the greatest weeks of my life,” Ice-T told Fallon. “I go out and have fun at the Grammys, I get this star. Everyone’s like, ‘Ice, ice, this is your week. ‘” Waking up the next day, Belzer had died.

“So those moments where I was having fun, it was just a flash in the eye, and now I have to deal with the death of one of my really close friends.”

Ice-T, 65, also shared that he has no plans to come out The longest running TV drama series. “SVU” is in the center Its twenty-fourth season as a mainstay of primetime television.

“I’ll stay in the car until the wheels drop,” said Ice-T. “Black people don’t jump out of boats, especially when they’re still afloat, do you understand?”

This article was originally published TODAY.com

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