Michael Mosley isn't exactly a household name. But you may recognize his face from shows like Scrubs, Longmire, Ozark and Fear The Walking Dead.
That face got mightily abused by Ice-T during one of Mosley's first TV appearances, a 2002 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
“I worked on SVU when I was first coming up and Ice-T’s on that show,” he told HipHopDX during the premiere of his latest show, Seven Seconds. “I had one scene in it, and I was just starting out as an actor. I’m supposed to play this junkie who’s nodding off, and the scene opens with [Ice] smacking me across the face like ‘Wake up.’ We do a little rehearsal and then the director calls ‘action’ and this guy hits me so hard across the side of my face. He’s got a paw like a hubcap, and he just knocks me and the lines just go out my ear and I’m [disoriented].
I’m this young actor and I’m not gonna be a wimp about it,” he continued. “So I’m like, ‘Ok, this is what we’re doing. This is method right?’ So we do take after take. It was probably at least 12 takes, and he just keeps hitting me, hitting me, hitting me and it’s getting harder and harder for me to maintain. When they cut in between scenes, he just pulled out his sidekick and wandered over here and then came back and it was like ‘speed, sound, action’ and wap! [laughs] And the crew wants to go home. It’s Friday night and the director is like, ‘You’re doing it weird. What is happening?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, he’s hitting me.’”
The worst part of the story is that they ultimately cut the scene.