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"Seven Seconds" Actor Michael Mosley Recalls Meeting Ice-Ts Iron Hands

Los Angeles, CA – Acting, much like Hip Hop, requires a significant level versatility to sustain a long and prosperous career. Actor Michael Mosley knows this firsthand. He flexed his comedic chops on shows like Scrubs and Sirensbefore getting to show a more complex and dramatic side in his role in the new Netflix series Seven Seconds, which centers on a fatal accident involving a police ficer and an African-American child.

Back in 2002 when he was still an up-and-coming actor with only one prior credit to his name, Mosley landed the role a junkie/informant on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit opposite Ice-T. In an exclusive chat with HipHopDX at the premiere Seven Seconds,Mosley recalled getting slapped repeatedly by the Hip Hop legend.

I worked on SVU when I was first coming up and Ice-Ts on that show,” he explained. “I had one scene in it, and I was just starting out as an actor. Im supposed to play this junkie whos nodding f, 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 my face. Hes got a paw like a hubcap, and he just knocks me and the lines just go out my ear and Im disoriented].”

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Being new to the game, Mosley wanted to make a good impression. Even as the hits kept coming, he kept his composure.

Im this young actor and Im not gonna be a wimp about it,” he continued. “So Im like, Ok, this is what were 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 its 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. Its Friday night and the director is like, Youre doing it weird. What is happening? And Im like, Well, hes hitting me.

At least after all those takes and all that pain, the scene probably came out great, right? Unfortunately, well never know.

I saw the episode, and they cut the hit scene,” he noted.