John Stamos has babies on the brain!
On Wednesday's all-new episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the 47-year-old actor assumes the role of Ken Turner, a man whose goal is to have as many children as possible.
"It was the most complex character that's been offered to me," Stamos tells Us Weekly of the role SVU's Neal Baer crafted with him in mind. "When [my] agent calls and says 'I've got a great role for you, it's such a departure,' it's usually a drug addict or a bad cop or a guy who beats women. It's never this unique, where it's a guy who's obsessed with having children and manipulating women to procreate."
In this exclusive first-look photo from Wednesday's episode, Stamos' character is confronted by the 20 women he fathered children with.
"[SVU's Benson and Stabler] get 20 mothers and children to come to the police station and [this photo] is the first time I see these women. I play the room and play the kids. [My costars] said 'How could you do this to 20 lives?' and I said 'It's not 20…it's 47! You only checked the United States! Look around Europe…I have 47 children and I love each and every one of them,'" Stamos hints.
While the actor was tight-lipped on how Ken's storyline plays out, Stamos did say there's one can't miss moment: His final scene.
"I've seen more blood in that scene than in four years on ER. Explosive would be a good word for it," says Stamos, who shot SVU in New York City for 10 days, while pulling double duty on the Times Square set of Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve in the evenings.
As the national spokesman for Project Cuddle — which offers legal alternatives to child abandonment — Stamos was initially hesitant to appear on the primetime drama.
"When they asked me to do this role, I was putting together a fundraiser for Project Cuddle. I read this [script] and thought 'I can't do this!' It scared the hell out of me, but you have to do [roles] that scare you. In my career, I've felt most fulfilled with the things that weren't safe — going to Broadway in Cabaret was very scary — and I did hesitate for a day. But when roles like this come around, I just feel like this is why I became an actor."
Catch John Stamos on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wednesday at 10 p.m. (EST) on NBC.
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