History Trivia / TheWire

31st Aug '16 2:32:00 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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** There was another season of ''The Wire'' planned which would have dealt with immigration and the large influx of Hispanic immigrants in Baltimore, but [[http://variety.com/2014/scene/news/the-wire-reunion-paleyfest-cast-david-simon-1201332671/ HBO had had enough low ratings.]]

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** There was another The writers discussed having a season of ''The Wire'' planned which would have dealt with dedicated to immigration and the large influx of Hispanic immigrants in Baltimore, but the amount of time that would have been needed to [[ShownTheirWork do the research required]] and [[http://variety.com/2014/scene/news/the-wire-reunion-paleyfest-cast-david-simon-1201332671/ HBO had had having enough with the show's low ratings.]]ratings]] scuttled it.
28th Aug '16 6:19:51 PM dmcreif
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* RealLifeRelative: ''Wire'' Producer Nina Kostroff Noble is the real life sister of Michael Kostroff, who plays Maurice Levy.

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* RealLifeRelative: ''Wire'' RealLifeRelative:
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Producer Nina Kostroff Noble is the real life sister of Michael Kostroff, who plays Maurice Levy. Levy.
**Michelle Paress (Alma Gutierrez) is married in real life to Larry Gilliard Jr. (D'Angelo Barksdale).
18th Aug '16 8:02:51 AM dmcreif
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** Guess which character is played by [[RetiredBadass notorious former crimelord]] Little Melvin, the inspiration for Barksdale? Give up? [[BewareTheNiceOnes The Deacon.]]

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** Guess which character is played by [[RetiredBadass notorious former crimelord]] Little Melvin, "Little" Melvin Williams, the inspiration for Avon Barksdale? Give up? [[BewareTheNiceOnes The Deacon.]]



** Det. Ed Norris is played by Edward Norris, former Baltimore Police Commissioner who had a somewhat controversial career that ended in indictment. His lack of respect for the current Commissioner is a running gag.

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** Det. Ed Norris is played by Edward Norris, former Baltimore Police Commissioner who had a somewhat controversial career that ended in indictment. His lack of respect for the current Commissioner is a running gag.gag and some of his dialogue in season 1 is self-deprecatory as it was filmed while he was still commissioner.



** D'Angelo Barksdale is another adult example. Prison records seen in season three indicate that he was approximately 23. He's played by Larry Gilliard Jr., who was 31 years old in season 1, and just two years younger than Wood Harris, who plays Avon.

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** D'Angelo Barksdale is another adult example. Prison records seen in season three indicate that he was approximately 23. He's played by Larry Gilliard Jr., who was 31 years old in season 1, and just making him two years younger than Wood Harris, who plays Avon.Harris (Avon) and one year older than Idris Elba (Stringer).



* DirectedByCastMember: [[Recap/TheWireS5E7Took Took]] was directed by Creator/DominicWest ([=McNulty=]). Clark Johnson also directed several episodes (notably [[PilotEpisode "The Target"]]), even before he joined the cast as editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes. He also directed the finale.

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* DirectedByCastMember: [[Recap/TheWireS5E7Took Took]] "[[Recap/TheWireS5E7Took Took]]" was directed by Creator/DominicWest Dominic West ([=McNulty=]). Clark Johnson also directed several episodes (notably [[PilotEpisode "The Target"]]), even before he joined the cast as editor Augustus "Gus" Gus Haynes. He also directed the finale.



** Spiros either is Greek or pretends to be one, but he is played by the American Paul Ben-Victor.

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** Spiros either is Greek or pretends to be one, one (he has many identities), but he is played by the American Paul Ben-Victor.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the most ruthless of the criminals portrayed in the show. On the other hand, Jamie Hector teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organization, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the most ruthless of the criminals portrayed in the show. On the other hand, Jamie Hector teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organization, Moving Mountains.Mountains, founded by him and Felicia Pearson. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.



** Likewise, Cedric Daniels may be better known to people as [[Series/{{Fringe}} Philip Broyles]].
* ThrowItIn: Senator Clay Davis' catchprase "Sheeeeee-it" didn't appear in the script. It was added by Isiah Whitlock Jr.

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** Likewise, Cedric Daniels Lance Reddick may be better known to people not as Cedric Daniels, but as [[Series/{{Fringe}} Philip Broyles]].
* ThrowItIn: Senator Clay Davis' catchprase "Sheeeeee-it" didn't appear in the script. It was added by Isiah Isaiah Whitlock Jr.Jr. added it in.



* WordOfGay: Rawls's sexual orientation is strongly hinted at in the show, but David Simon has confirmed it in interviews.

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* WordOfGay: Rawls's sexual orientation is strongly hinted at in the show, show (especially with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFNda6csJLg his appearance in a gay bar where Lamar is looking for Omar]]), but David Simon has confirmed it in interviews.
8th Aug '16 7:32:19 AM dmcreif
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** Marla Daniels is clearly supposed to be around the same age as Cedric, but her actress, Maria Broom, has a solid 12 or so years on Lance Reddick, and is noticeably older.

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** Marla Daniels is clearly supposed to be around the same age as Cedric, but her actress, Maria Broom, Broom has a solid 12 or so years on Lance Reddick, and is noticeably older.



** Jimmy [=McNulty=] and Stringer Bell are both played by Brits.

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** Jimmy [=McNulty=] and Stringer Bell are both played by Brits.Brits Dominic West and Idris Elba.



** The man known as "The Greek" (who is not actually from Greece but is clearly not American and may be of Greek ethnicity) is played by American actor Bill Raymond.

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** The man known as "The Greek" (who is not actually from Greece but is clearly not American and may be of Greek ethnicity) is played by American actor Bill Raymond.



** During season 3 the idea was floated of spinning off the political subplots into a separate show called ''The Hall''. Instead the political side was folded into subsequent seasons.
--->'''HBO:''' No, we only want one show that nobody is watching in Baltimore, not two!

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** During season 3 the idea was floated of spinning off the political subplots into a separate show called ''The Hall''. Instead the political side was folded into subsequent seasons.
--->'''HBO:''' No,
seasons. Ostensibly because the heads of HBO were like "No, we only want one show that nobody is watching in Baltimore, not two!two!"
8th Aug '16 7:29:42 AM dmcreif
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** Lt. Dennis Mello was played by the actual Jay Landsman, a long-time homicide detective in the Baltimore Police Department. Not to be confused with the fictional homicide detective [[{{Tuckerization}} Jay Landsman]] named in his honor.

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** Lt. Dennis Mello was is played by the actual Jay Landsman, a long-time homicide detective in the Baltimore Police Department. Not to be confused with the fictional homicide detective [[{{Tuckerization}} Jay Landsman]] named in his honor.



** Lester accuses the boys of being "A bunch of draft-dodgin' peace-freaks". The actor who portrays Freamon, Clarke Peters, was arrested in an anti-Vietnam war demonstration and later accused of draft-evasion when he was working in Europe.
* ActorSharedBackground[=/=]RealitySubtext: Richard De Angelis really did have cancer and died due to complications from it after season 4. When it was confirmed that his cancer was terminal, his character also developed cancer, died from it during the course of season 4, and had a policeman's wake.

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** Lester accuses the boys of being "A bunch of draft-dodgin' peace-freaks". The actor who portrays Freamon, Clarke Peters, Peters was arrested in an anti-Vietnam war demonstration and later accused of draft-evasion when he was working in Europe.
* ActorSharedBackground[=/=]RealitySubtext: Richard De Angelis really did have cancer and died due to complications from it after season 4. When it was confirmed that his cancer was terminal, his character Forester also developed cancer, died from it during the course of season 4, and had given a policeman's wake.wake at Kavanaugh's Pub.
7th Aug '16 8:22:17 AM dmcreif
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* RealLifeRelative: ''Wire'' Producer Nina Kostroff Noble is the real life sister of Michael Kostroff, who plays Maurice Levy.
31st Jul '16 3:22:54 PM dmcreif
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* CreatorBreakdown: Creator/MichaelKennethWilliams secretly struggled with a cocaine addiction during the third season. He never missed a day of work nor was he ever late. He also suffered with an identity crisis due to his popularity as Omar.

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* CreatorBreakdown: CreatorBreakdown:
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Creator/MichaelKennethWilliams secretly struggled with a cocaine addiction during the third season. He never missed a day of work nor was he ever late. He also suffered with an identity crisis due to his popularity as Omar.



** D'Angelo Barksdale is another adult example. Prison records seen in season three indicate that he was approximately 23. He's played by Larry Gilliard Jr., who would have been 31 in the first season.

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** D'Angelo Barksdale is another adult example. Prison records seen in season three indicate that he was approximately 23. He's played by Larry Gilliard Jr., who would have been was 31 years old in the first season.season 1, and just two years younger than Wood Harris, who plays Avon.



* FakeRussian: Ukrainian Sergei Malatov is played by American actor Chris Ashworth.

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* FakeRussian: Ukrainian Sergei Malatov is played by American actor Chris Ashworth.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the worst villain on the show. The actor who plays him, Jamie Hector, teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organization, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the worst villain on most ruthless of the criminals portrayed in the show. The actor who plays him, On the other hand, Jamie Hector, Hector teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organization, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.



* WordOfGay: Rawls. His sexual orientation is strongly hinted at in the show, but David Simon has confirmed it in interviews.

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* WordOfGay: Rawls. His Rawls's sexual orientation is strongly hinted at in the show, but David Simon has confirmed it in interviews.



-->Here’s what happened in season five of The Wire when almost no one — among the working press, at least — was looking: our newspaper missed every major story. The mayor, who came in promising reform, is instead forcing his police department to once again cook the stats to create the illusion that crime is going down. Uncovered. The school system has been teaching test questions to improve No Child Left Behind scores, and to protect the mayor politically and to validate a system that is failing to properly educate city children. No expose published. Key investigations and prosecutions are undercut or abandoned by the political machinations of police officials, prosecutors and political figures. Departmental priorities make high-level drug investigation prohibitive. Not the news that’s fit to print. Drug wars, territorial disputes, and the assassination of the city’s largest drug importer manage to produce a brief inside the metro section that refers only to the slaying of a second-hand appliance store owner. Par for the course.

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-->Here’s what happened in season five of The Wire ''The Wire'' when almost no one — among the working press, at least — was looking: our newspaper missed every major story. The mayor, who came in promising reform, is instead forcing his police department to once again cook the stats to create the illusion that crime is going down. Uncovered. The school system has been teaching test questions to improve No Child Left Behind scores, and to protect the mayor politically and to validate a system that is failing to properly educate city children. No expose published. Key investigations and prosecutions are undercut or abandoned by the political machinations of police officials, prosecutors and political figures. Departmental priorities make high-level drug investigation prohibitive. Not the news that’s fit to print. Drug wars, territorial disputes, and the assassination of the city’s largest drug importer manage to produce a brief inside the metro section that refers only to the slaying of a second-hand appliance store owner. Par for the course.
30th Jul '16 9:49:05 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* DoingItForTheArt

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* DoingItForTheArtDoingItForTheArt: The entire point of the show was to make the most realistic, intelligent, and well-researched PoliceProcedural ever seen, knowing full well that the show's brutal honesty and steadfast refusal to talk down to viewers would turn many away. Even as HBO grew restless with the low viewership of the series, the showrunners remained committed to their vision, ratings be damned.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the worst villain on the show. The actor who plays him, Jamie Hector, teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organisation, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the worst villain on the show. The actor who plays him, Jamie Hector, teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organisation, organization, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
29th Jul '16 2:35:21 AM ACW
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the only CompleteMonster on the show. The actor who plays him, Jamie Hector, teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organisation, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Marlo Stanfield is pretty much the only CompleteMonster worst villain on the show. The actor who plays him, Jamie Hector, teaches martial arts and drama to at-risk youth, counsels them, and checks whether they attend school via his own charitable organisation, Moving Mountains. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
25th Jul '16 7:52:49 PM dmcreif
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** Creator/DominiCWest during much of the fourth season (during which [=McNulty=] works as a beat cop); this was done largely to accommodate West, due to him landing several movie roles during the period that season four filmed.

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** Creator/DominiCWest Creator/DominicWest during much of the fourth season (during which [=McNulty=] works as a beat cop); this was done largely to accommodate West, due to him landing several movie roles during the period that season four filmed.
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