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Jeremy Irons is 'Law & Order: SVU' sex therapist
Posted 01/12/2011 by Corinne Heller

Jeremy Irons, who guest stars on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" on an episode airing on Wednesday, is often the go-to man when it comes to playing villains and the actor says that he enjoys portraying "enigmas."

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Irons said that his favorite among his film projects was the 1997 movie "Lolita," which saw him play a man who pursues a sexual relationship with an adolescent girl, played by Dominique Swain.

The film, an adaptation of a novel by Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov, "did everything that a movie should do, which was to stir up people and make them question things, to dealing with a tricky subject," Irons said.

"I think that one of the things that movies and stories should do is to stir the sediment at the bottom of our apathetic pond and to open people's eyes to situations which they tend to shy away from," he added. "I think that movie pressed all those buttons and therefore, I'm proud of that."

But is perhaps Irons' voiceover role as the evil Scar in Disney's 1994 animated film "The Lion King" that makes Irons popular among younger viewers. "Law & Order: SVU" executive producer Neal Baer said the children of Meloni and Hagartay "just went crazy" when they saw Irons on the set.

Check out a sneak peek preview of Jeremy Irons' appearance on "Law & Order: SVU" below. The episode airs on NBC on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.

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