In May, Chris announced he was leaving the show; this interview was made prior to the announcement
Christopher Meloni apologizes for eating but this is his break between shooting 2 episodes of Law & Order: SVU in the studio on the Manhattan piers that look out on New Jersey. Turns out it is his final episode which Meloni is keenly aware of as he talks about Detective Elliot Stabler. "I had no desire one way or the other" to play a character he played for 12 years. "You have to be employed, and it is at the whim of others." Despite playing Stabler for 272 episodes, Meloni doesn't see many similarities between the character and himself, other than both are husbands and fathers. "His circumstances are far different," Meloni says. "What he deals with and how he deals with it is a little bit different than mine. I'm surprised, pleased and amazed it has gone on for so long," he says. "As I've attempted to play him was the quiet hero, the flawed guy," Meloni says. "He's taken this code of honor to protect and serve. It's indelibly tattooed onto his brain, the mundane pressures of kids, bills, wife. At the end of the day, he has a heroic care or heroic thread," Meloni continues. "He is the best kind of hero. He is not going to bust through the wall with two guns blazing. He lived up to the best promise of himself. In the end his framework is the code. You can fault him for being overexuberant, but you can't fault him for not caring."