'Oz' And Effect
If Law & Order: SVU cop Christopher Meloni is convincing as a con in HBO’s Oz, maybe it’s because he once really spent a night in the slammer. ”I had a barroom brawl,” says the actor of a Washington, D.C., incident in the early ’80s. (He says the misdemeanor battery charges were soon dropped.) ”When they open the paddy wagon, I see that the other guy is already in there! I turn and go, ‘This is a really bad idea.’ We’re handcuffed behind our backs, and this guy starts kicking me and weaseling his hands around.