History Trivia / TheWire

11th May '17 10:39:28 PM creader
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** Felicia "Snoop" Pearson

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** Felicia "Snoop" PearsonPearson.



* 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, founded by him and Felicia Pearson. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
* Stringer Bell is also quite ruthless. However, Idris Elba says he could not live the same life that Stringer lived.
** Likewise, Sandi [=McCree=] in real life is as far away from EvilMatriarch [=De'Londa=] as you can get, being an advocate for arts education among children and teens, and all the people who contribute to the commentaries on the Season 4 [=DVD's=], particularly Creator/DavidSimon, make it a point to emphasize how nice she is in real life.
11th May '17 10:38:35 PM creader
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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 Dominic West 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.



* 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 Colonel Raymond Forester also developed cancer, died from it during the course of season 4, and was given a wake at Kavanaugh's Pub.
* CelebrityParadox; ''Music/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Harris who costarred with Tupac in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.

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* ActorSharedBackground[=/=]RealitySubtext: ActorSharedBackground: 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 Colonel Raymond Forester also developed cancer, died from it during the course of season 4, and was given a wake at Kavanaugh's Pub.
* CelebrityParadox; ''Music/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Harris who costarred with Tupac in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.''Above The Rim''.



** 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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** Creator/MichaelKennethWilliams Michael Kenneth Williams 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.



** Officer Bobby Brown is played by Bobby J. Brown.



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

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



* WrittenInInfirmity: The scars on both Creator/MichaelKWilliams and Jamie Hector's faces are real.

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* WrittenInInfirmity: The scars on both Creator/MichaelKWilliams Michael K. Williams and Jamie Hector's faces are real.
28th Apr '17 6:02:45 AM TywinIsGod
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* Stringer Bell is also quite ruthless. However, Idris Elba says he could not live the same life that Stringer lived.
4th Feb '17 11:09:41 AM dmcreif
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** McNulty's name was originally McArdle.

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** McNulty's Jimmy [=McNulty=]'s original last name was originally McArdle.[=McArdle=]. This was alluded to in season 2 where one of the white drug dealers is a guy named "White Mike" [=McArdle=].
11th Nov '16 7:37:01 PM TheWanderer
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** Andre Reyo, who played Bubbles, had a difficult time with his role at certain points, just because everything Bubbles went through was so heartbreaking, depressing, and repetitive that it left him with depression as well, which he dealt with by drinking heavily. In the end he needed substance abuse help to deal with the drinking problem he developed.

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** Andre Reyo, Royo, who played Bubbles, had a difficult time with his role at certain points, just because everything Bubbles went through was so heartbreaking, depressing, and repetitive that it left him with depression as well, which he dealt with by drinking heavily. In the end he needed substance abuse help to deal with the drinking problem he developed.
11th Nov '16 7:36:40 PM TheWanderer
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* 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, Forester also developed cancer, died from it during the course of season 4, and given a wake at Kavanaugh's Pub.

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* 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 Colonel Raymond Forester also developed cancer, died from it during the course of season 4, and was given a wake at Kavanaugh's Pub.


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** Andre Reyo, who played Bubbles, had a difficult time with his role at certain points, just because everything Bubbles went through was so heartbreaking, depressing, and repetitive that it left him with depression as well, which he dealt with by drinking heavily. In the end he needed substance abuse help to deal with the drinking problem he developed.
---> By the third season I was drinking. I was depressed. Id look at scripts like: what am I doing today? Getting high or pushing that f*cking cart?
18th Oct '16 11:01:40 AM DevinMeenan
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** McNulty's name was originally McArdle.
7th Oct '16 4:00:50 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Jimmy [=McNulty=] and Stringer Bell are played by Brits Dominic West and Idris Elba.

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



* 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, founded by him and Felicia Pearson. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor:
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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, founded by him and Felicia Pearson. He also helped raise money for survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.



* RetroactiveRecognition: ''The Wire'' may have been one of the most critically acclaimed shows of all time, but it didn't get as wide an audience as some other shows that starred its actors, so it falls victim to this occasionally.
** After the huge success of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Tommy Carcetti is probably better known to people as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
** Likewise, Lance Reddick may be better known to people not as Cedric Daniels, but as [[Series/{{Fringe}} Philip Broyles]].



* WordOfGay: Rawls's sexual orientation is strongly hinted at in the 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.
* WordOfGod: David Simon has spoken on a number of points over the years, (including the sexual orientation of Bill Rawls, as mentioned above, or confirming that Chris Partlow was also molested as a child) but perhaps the most interesting case regards the newspaper storyline from Season 5. This plot arc is widely criticized for being simplistic and obvious compared to the depth and complexity of other stories, however Simon has claimed that the critics are missing the true point of the arc, and it isn't really about the evils of the newspaper business or holding Gus Haynes and a few other writers up as paragons of virtue, [[http://davidsimon.com/the-wires-final-season-and-the-story-everyone-missed/ but about how the newspaper (even the good people who still work in it) has completely lost touch with the lives of the people in its city.]]

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* WordOfGay: Rawls's sexual orientation is strongly hinted at in the 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 Creator/DavidSimon has confirmed it in interviews.
* WordOfGod: David Simon Creator/DavidSimon has spoken on a number of points over the years, (including the sexual orientation of Bill Rawls, as mentioned above, or confirming that Chris Partlow was also molested as a child) but perhaps the most interesting case regards the newspaper storyline from Season 5. This plot arc is widely criticized for being simplistic and obvious compared to the depth and complexity of other stories, however Simon has claimed that the critics are missing the true point of the arc, and it isn't really about the evils of the newspaper business or holding Gus Haynes and a few other writers up as paragons of virtue, [[http://davidsimon.com/the-wires-final-season-and-the-story-everyone-missed/ but about how the newspaper (even the good people who still work in it) has completely lost touch with the lives of the people in its city.]]



* WriteWhoYouKnow: Prez's experiences as a teacher are based on those of Ed Burns, who became a Baltimore middle school teacher when he retired from the Police.

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* WriteWhoYouKnow: WriteWhatYouKnow: Prez's experiences as a teacher are based on those of Ed Burns, who became a Baltimore middle school teacher when he retired from the Police.
20th Sep '16 10:22:04 AM dmcreif
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* WrittenInInfirmity: The scars on both Creator/MichaelKennethWilliams and Jamie Hector's faces are real.

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* WrittenInInfirmity: The scars on both Creator/MichaelKennethWilliams Creator/MichaelKWilliams and Jamie Hector's faces are real.real.
* YouLookFamiliar: Given the size of the cast, it's not uncommon to observe cases where casting unintentionally brought in an actor in an early season who returns playing a much different role later on in the show.
**One of the cops in the courtroom in "[[Recap/TheWireS01E04OldCases Old Cases]]" is clearly played by Gbenga Akinnagbe, two seasons before he was cast as Marlo Stanfield's chief enforcer Chris Partlow.
**The woman Bunk drunkenly sleeps with in "[[Recap/TheWireS01E08Lessons Lessons]]" is played by Denise Hart, who would later play Randy Wagstaff's stepmother in season 4.
16th Sep '16 3:39:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Producer Robert F. Colesberry died from surgery complications and his character, Detective Ray Cole, passes away while working out in the gym in Season 3. Richard [=DeAngelis=] who played relatively unimportant Major Raymond Foerster, died of cancer during Season 4. Both receive an InMemoriam wake at Kavanaugh's Pub. Cole's one is the first of the series.
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