WTF: Patti Smith Guests on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

WTF: Patti Smith Guests on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'
While proto-punker Patti Smith is renowned for classics like 1975's Horses, as well as her poetry, the artiste has added one another credit to her still-expanding resume. The performer is trying her hand at acting in a new episode of TV drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Smith turns up on the long-running show, itself a spin-off of the original Law & Order, as Columbia University mythology professor Cleo Alexander in an episode titled "Icarus." In it, she helps Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) solve a case surrounding a Broadway actor who died performing a stunt onstage by analyzing the myth of Icarus, which her character describes as her "favourite metaphor for failed ambition."

The plotline is loosely based on the troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical, which premiered this week in New York after a number of injuries delayed its opening.

Talking to TV Guide, the singer explained that D'Onofrio brought her onboard to the drama and helped her work on the role.

"He's been taught by the greatest, and he taught me, so I feel like if I had to do it again, I'd be really good," Smith said. "He's such a great actor, such a great director and becoming such a good friend."

The "Icarus" episode will air June 26 at 9 p.m. on CTV.

Thanks to The Daily Swarm for the tip.