WATCH: Christopher Meloni on the process of going out of his mind (and out of his clothes) for Happy!

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Oct 8, 2017, 3:30 PM EDT

Christopher Meloni's done the cop shtick on Law & Order: SVU and he’s done the whole crazy act in Wet Hot American Summer, but he’s never put the two together until now. The 56-year-old actor is stepping into the shoes of Nick Sax for SYFY's upcoming show, HAPPY!

An adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s 2013 graphic novel of the same name, the series is a redemption story about an alcoholic ex-cop turned hit man with eczema whose entire world is miraculously altered by the appearance of a tiny, flying — not to mention talking — blue horse named Happy that only he can see. Is this periwinkle pony the real deal or just a side effect of Nick's drug-riddled brain? Well, that’s just part of the mystery.

Together, this unlikely pair will embark on a journey to solve a case of missing children in the run-up to Christmas, but don't expect everything to be all holly jolly. Morrison and Robertson's source material is an extremely dark work of fiction full of violence, cursing, sex, and a Roger Rabbit-esque "cartoonery" that works so well (against all odds) in contrast to the more mature elements of the story. It also helps that Happy is voiced by Patton Oswalt, who will no doubt inject his own brand of light-heartedness in his second voice-over role for a blue, anthropomorphic animal character... his first being in Pixar's Ratatouille.

Before he appears, though, the focus is all on the sad excuse for a human being that is Nick Sax. He may not be fondling his sweaters, but he's still pretty bats*** insane. SYFY WIRE talked with Meloni at New York Comic Con to see what it was like getting into the mindset of a downright sociopath with nothing left to lose and the experience of being naked in just about every episode.


Additional material by Josh Weiss.