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WELCOME to UNABRIDGED ~ CHRISTOPHER MELONI ONLINE @ christopher-meloni.org, your largest source for all things Chris related on the web. Best known for his long-running role as Detective Elliot Stabler on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT and for Prisoner #98K514 Christopher Keller on HBO's OZ, Chris's long resume includes playing the starring role on the FOX comedy SURVIVING JACK, recently reprising his role of Gene on the Netflix comedy WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: NEXT DAY OF CAMP, Roman Zimojic on HBO's TRUE BLOOD. Chris also has some impressive films to his credit including WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, SMALL TIME, MAN OF STEEL, 42 and has also starred in TWELVE MONKEYS, BOUND, THE SOULER OPPOSITE, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and two HAROLD & KUMAR films. This site includes an extensive filmography, biography, press section, gallery and much more.
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“Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” Official Trailer
christopher meloni online    June 22, 2017    0 comments

I know there haven’t been a lot of updates lately but a lot of things going on personally and I’ve been occupied with those things. But I do have a trailer for you of Chris as Gene in the Netflix original series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: TEN YEARS LATER. Chris reprises his role of Gene and has some trials he needs to overcome.


CHARACTERS Gene


Chris was interviewed by The Wrap about his various projects including his just renewed series for the CW UNDERGROUND, his film I AM WRATH as well as he again teases a return to LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT as his eponymous role Detective Elliot Stabler. I would love to see him back as Stabler if not for anything but to give the character a proper closure, however, I don’t want it to be what could be considered a caricature of the character. We’ve already seen the show diss his contribution with that ridiculous line at the end of Danny Pino’s run as Amaro when Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) told him he was her best partner. I say bullshit! Pino, or as I call him Vanilla Boy, was only on for four years. Chris’ Stabler was on for twelve years and hardly something to consider trivial, which is what I felt they did with him.

‘Underground’ Star Christopher Meloni Teases Return to ‘Law & Order: SVU’

“I Am Wrath” actor also weighs in on his “Oz” co-star J.K. Simmons joining him in the DCU and working with Marielle Heller

Christopher Meloni is TV royalty thanks to his turn as Det. Elliot Stabler on “Law & Order: SVU,” but these days, he has turned in his badge in favor of WGN America’s drama “Underground,” in which he plays conflicted slave trader August Pullman.

“Underground” is one of two series that could put Meloni in the thick of the Emmy race, along with his comedic turn in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” At 55 years old, the veteran actor is gunning for his first Emmy nomination in 10 years, and spoke with TheWrap about his two-tiered campaign in the supporting actor categories on both sides of the genre divide.

In addition to his work on the small screen, Meloni returns to features this weekend alongside John Travolta in Chuck Russell‘s revenge thriller “I Am Wrath,” which sees the actor re-embracing Stabler’s famous temper and going outside the law to deliver justice. It’s a far cry from his work in Marielle Heller‘s “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which also came up during our brief chat.

Read TheWrap’s interview with Meloni below, and be sure to check out “Underground” on WGN America on Wednesdays, as he’s expected to return for the second season.

TheWrap: “Underground” is the first TV series to really tackle slavery like this, particularly the Underground Railroad. Why do you think it took so long for a story like this to make it onscreen?
Christopher Meloni: I find right now to be the golden age of television. You have so many platforms and outlets starved for real, deep, meaningful storytelling. This show takes advantage of that and lets us investigate our past — not in a dry, historical way, but in a provocative manner.

What’s the hardest part of playing a character who does despicable things for the right reasons?
The truth of the matter is, on a day-to-day basis, we don’t always live in such perfect circumstances. I think we always make choices that are convenient, or feel necessary. If you were brought up during [slavery], maybe you wouldn’t be so proud of your actions. It’s a very human trait placed in a more inflammatory setting, which is slavery. Maybe back then you’d get 20 percent of the population who think slavery is good, but the other 80 percent would think it’s unhealthy and immoral, so it’s kind of an inflammatory place to have a character act out his needs. I didn’t find it that difficult, but for me, I found the mechanisms that made it all too human. People will make a lot of excuses to explain away behavior that many would find odorous or less than good.

What sets “Underground” apart from other shows in this year’s Emmy race?
The writing feels so vital and alive. It’s complicated and complex, as well as truthful and important. Reading it, I had the same feeling I had when I read for the [Jackie Robinson] movie “42.” I thought slavery was an important subject to explore, and I’m very proud to be a part of it. Obviously I’m very biased, but there’s a sense of pride being a part of something that feels important.

Can you even imagine being a slave and having to make your own run for freedom? At what point might you have thrown in the towel?
I’ve thought about that a lot. It’s almost a concept that none of us can connect into. We’re so connected right now. It’s no longer even country-to-country, we’re a global society now. We’re completely globalized and there’s also an immediacy, visually, on our own personal devices. But what if you grew up and all you knew was a hundred-acre patch of land? Unless you were one of the privileged few blacks who were allowed to leave, you have no idea what’s out there, or really any concept of what the world is. And then, to have this feeling inside you where you want this thing called freedom, what does that mean? It’s a dangerous thought to have. So then you escape, but you escape to where? You have no idea what the world is like! I wouldn’t even call it bravery — it’s more this burning sense and desire for freedom that must’ve driven them to a place of madness. It’s a pretty profound thought to me.

You co-star alongside John Travolta in the revenge movie “I Am Wrath.” What do you think audiences find so appealing about those kinds of movies, and how was it working with him?
Your average human would be lying if they said they’ve never daydreamed about some kind of revenge scenario. Everyone has been wronged, whether you were bullied on the playground or something else entirely. Bu we’ve all had our revenge fantasies. That’s in our DNA.

Working with Travolta, you couldn’t find a more gracious guy with his fans. They’d line up outside until we wrapped at 1 or 2 in the morning, just waiting for John, and after a 14-16 hour day he’d walk over to them and sign autographs or take pictures until every person was gone. It’s part of the job, but watching him do it with such good humor was inspiring. It was just a pisser working with him.

Did you relish the opportunity to kick some ass in this movie?
Absolutely. I read the script and appreciated it, because I loved my role. I just think you’d be crazy to pass up a role that has a sense of humor and gives you the chance to do some ass-kicking.

Us “SVU” fans are still seeking closure with regards to your character. Do you think we’ll see Stabler back on the show at some point?
(laughing) I really have no idea how to answer that. From the beginning I’ve said I’d be more than happy to come back for the last six episodes.

Netflix just announced that David Wain and Michael Showalter are getting the gang back together again for “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.” Where do you think your character, Gene, would be 10 years later?
He’d be the CEO of some corporation. Maybe a senator?

That’s a far cry from a cook at a Jewish summer camp!
That’s what those people are made of though. Gene is cut from the same cloth as a good CEO or a senator.

You appeared in “Man of Steel,” but you were sorely missed in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Did you see it?
I could’ve told Zack [Snyder] that, but he wouldn’t have listened to me! Nah, I loved working with Zack on “Man of Steel.” I knew there was only a slim chance of coming back, but I was hoping I’d have survived the end of that film.

Your “Oz” co-star J.K. Simmons is joining you in the DC Universe as the new Commissioner Gordon. Do you think he’ll be better than Gary Oldman?
Yeah. I’ve gotta back J.K. Simmons!

You recently co-starred in Marielle Heller‘s indie gem “Diary of a Teenage Girl.” She’s blowing up now, working with J.J. Abrams on a Paramount movie that will star Daisy Ridley, and directing “The Case Against 8,” which tells the true story of California’s same-sex marriage bill. You famously played one of TV’s earliest gay characters on “Oz” — or at least had a gay love affair on the show — so would you work with her again on that film or another one?
Without a moment’s hesitation. She is a bright, unbelievably talented star. I love her, and I thought “Diary” was profound. I wish it had found its way to an Oscar nomination. The subject matter was handled brilliantly, delicately and insightfully. To bring people into a world — 1970s San Francisco — and pull it off on such a low budget? She’s a genius. I’m a big fan.

Speaking of directing, I know you were developing an adaptation of that David Vann novel “Legend of a Suicide” at one point. Are you still pursuing directing?
I let that pass. That was a difficult one to continue to work on. Right now, I’m not actively pursuing the directing thing, but the desire still resides in me.

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August Pullman CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Colonel Hardy Dennis Det. Elliot Stabler FILM Gene I Am Wrath Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Man of Steel Oz Pascal TELEVISION The Diary of a Teenage Girl Underground Wet Hot American Summer


New Layout & New Candids Policy
christopher meloni online    September 11, 2015    0 comments

Like it isn’t about time. I hope you like the new layout as well as some of the new improvements to the site. I’m hoping to get some of the event images I have as well as some photoshoots I have with Chris up in the gallery very soon. I know some have written to me asking when I’ll get Chris’ work from LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT up in the gallery, namely his episodic work in that, I’m afraid I’m going to have to say that considering the sheer amount of work trying to screencap twelve years worth of episodes, they’ll have to wait till I have the time to do so. My apologies. I’m hoping though to add some episodic stills I have from Chris’ seasons on the show, so please look forward to those. In the meantime I have some of Chris’ films as well as WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP to edit and post. I hope those will satiate you for a while. So that’s it for now. Enjoy the new layout and I’m hoping it won’t take another two years to get it done. I also wanted to let you know of a decision I’ve made about all my sites. I’ve decided that from now on absolutely NO candids of Chris will be posted to the gallery or the site. This also includes any photos of Chris with Sherman, Sophia and Dante in what are supposed to be private time. Also no images of Chris in an airport or walking on a street will be posted as this constitutes his private life. The exception to this will be if Chris is on set of a television show or film. I have several set side photos of Chris from LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT waiting to film. These will be posted as they do include his working environment. I feel this new policy is not only fair, but warranted considering that what Chris does in his private life is none of our business.



CHARACTERS Det. Elliot Stabler Gene Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TELEVISION UNABRIDGED Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp


“Wet Hot American Summer” The Film Media
christopher meloni online    August 1, 2015    0 comments

I realized I hadn’t uploaded any of the images I have from Chris’ film WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. I did all the work but never added them. So sorry. Here of course Chris plays the part of Gene, a former Vietnam Vet who is the chief cook at Camp Firewood, and who has conversations with a can of mixed veggies. Says so much of Gene’s character and gives Chris the chance to once again play one of those strange and quirky characters he’s so noted for playing. As for the series, I’m in the process of working on the individual episodes now. Hopefully I’ll have those up by the end of the weekend, if not early in the week. Stay tuned campers.

  • [500] SCREENCAPS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
  • [045] SCREENCAPS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER – BEHIND THE SCENES
  • [004] SCREENCAPS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER – CAST BIOGRAPHY
  • [031] SCREENCAPS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER – CAST COMMENTS
  • [073] SCREENCAPS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER – DELETED SCENES
  • [008] SCREENCAPS: WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER – PRODUCTION STILLS


CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI FILM Gene Wet Hot American Summer


An amazingly funny clip of Chris from the premiere of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP this Friday on Netflix. This is an irreverent mash up of Chris as Elliot Stabler from LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT‘s seventh season episode Ripped where Elliot handled the case of the beating of a girl by her boyfriend, who ended up by being the son of Stabler’s former partner. Too funny as the part of the “councilor” is Gene’s can of vegetables from the series/film. I’ll be putting up screencaps as soon as I can after the show airs. Stay tuned.


CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Det. Elliot Stabler FILM Gene Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TELEVISION Wet Hot American Summer Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp


Advance Review :: “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”
christopher meloni online    July 22, 2015    2 comments

Some of the advance reviews for WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP are starting to come in and they’re resounding in the amount of praise this eight part show on Netflix is getting. Not only is the cast getting the lion’s share of that praise, but the whole idea of this being a prequel taking place some fourteen years after the original film came out is also. Chris of course is reprising his role of Gene, the slightly unbalanced cook with a can of mixed vegetables at Camp Firewood. This thing looks uproarious, and I’m going to look forward to seeing it. How ’bout you?

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ on Netflix: still wet, hot, raunchy and gloriously funny

By Joanna Connors, The Plain Dealer
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on July 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM, updated July 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fans of “Wet Hot American Summer” don’t need to be told this. But neophytes preparing to dive into the “Wet Hot” cult and binge-watch the prequel, “First Day of Camp,” coming to Netflix Friday, July 31, might want to take the advice of returning cast member Paul Rudd: “Just embrace its lunacy.”

Rudd was actually referring to the absurdity faced by the cast, most now in their late 30s and 40s, who play the same teenagers they were in the 2001 movie. The cast is 14 years older; their characters are two months younger.

Since the actors include not just the sublimely silly Rudd, but also Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper, and new additions Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Kristen Wiig and Michael Cera, they prove more than capable of embracing the lunacy. They embraced it like Ari Gold hugging it out on “Entourage.”

In fact, one of the many, many pleasures of “First Day of Camp” is the sight of so many fantastic actors having so much fun goofing around with each other, all the while playing everything with life-or-death teenage intensity turned up to 11.

The eight-episode series, written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (who grew up in Shaker Heights) and directed by Wain, is “Scooby-Doo” crossed with a Mexican telenovela crossed with “Porky’s” and “Meatballs” and “Animal House,” with just a little “Waiting for Guffman” and even “Mad Men” thrown in for fun.

It takes place on June 24, 1981, two months before the last-day events of the movie. We’re back at Camp Firewood in Maine, where hormones fly thicker than mosquitoes and a cataclysm is always looming – toxic waste oozing toward the camp, a government conspiracy unfolding, the staff putting on a Broadway musical.

As the campers arrive, the counselors have more important things on their minds than the kids. Eternally awkward Coop (Showalter) awaits the arrival of his “girlfriend” Donna (Lake Bell), who doesn’t seem to realize she’s his girlfriend. She’s more interested in the cool new soccer counselor from Israel (Wain). Andy (Rudd) works to woo Katie (Marguerite Moreau) away from her evil-preppy boyfriend (Josh Charles) at Camp Tiger Claw.

Drama queens Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) bring in an actual Broadway bit player (John Slattery) to direct “Electro City.” A journalist for “Rock ‘n’ Roll World” goes undercover as a counselor to get the real story of summer camp. And the story of the can of vegetables that talks to Vietnam War vet Gene (Christopher Meloni) is finally revealed.

Among the highlights: the show-within-a-show, which includes an electrocution musical number; Shannon demonstrating her disco dancing; Rudd’s riff on his sarcastic sneer; Jason Schwartzman’s identification of the toxic waste; Meloni skipping through the woods; and Bruce Greenwood as a lawyer.

The series is funnier than the movie, in large part because it is far better written and directed. The movie (Wain’s first as a director) relied a little too much on its own sloppiness for laughs. The higher professionalism behind the camera doesn’t mean the juvenile spirit is gone, though. Dozens of lines are destined to be quoted, again and again, over games of beer pong, leading with, “I’m just the guy who farts in your face and makes you smile.”

Clearly, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” still has the gloriously raunchy, proudly stupid comic tone that made the movie a cult hit.

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CHARACTERS CHRISTOPHER MELONI Gene TELEVISION Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp



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