History Trivia / TheWire

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.
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!"
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