History Trivia / TheWire

26th Dec '17 10:06:13 AM creader
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---> 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?

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---> By --->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?



* 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.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: WriteWhatYouKnow:
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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.Police.
** WordOfGod confirms Freamon is inspired by Harry Edgerton, Ed Burns' former partner in the Baltimore homicide unit; Edgerton was also the inspiration for [[Series/HomicideLifeontheStreet Frank Pembleton]].
5th Nov '17 3:53:29 PM Thranx
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** Wu-Tang Clan is pretty popular in the show's setting and is heard multiple times on the soundtrack. But nobody in the projects ever noticed that "Cheese" Wagstaff looked an awful lot like [[Music/WuTangClan Method Man]].


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** This was not entirely unintentional. It's mentioned in-show that the Barksdales running a pager-based network is considered dated.
10th Oct '17 5:58:53 PM ClintEastwood
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10th Oct '17 5:58:47 PM ClintEastwood
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* AbsenteeActor:
** 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.
** Due to only being pulled in from another department for a short time Leander Sydnor is not included in the Major Crimes unit in Season 2, but returns for 3-5, [[spoiler:making him the only original member still on the unit at the end of the show.]]


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* StarMakingRole: For Creator/IdrisElba, Dominic West, Creator/AidanGillen, Creator/LanceReddick (coupled with ''Series/{{Fringe}}), Andre Royo and Creator/ChadLColeman (coupled with ''Series/TheWalkingDead'').
13th Sep '17 9:01:41 PM _____________
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It can be pretty amusing seeing the characters marvel over what was cutting-edge technology at the time, but of course is not so much anymore. Nick Sobotka is amazed that you can "ask a question" to a computer and get answers. Text messages are also presented as cutting edge.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It can be pretty amusing seeing the characters marvel over what was cutting-edge technology at the time, but of course is not so much anymore. Nick Sobotka is amazed that you can "ask a question" to a computer and get answers. Text messages are also presented as cutting edge.edge and the surveillance of pagers and payphones plays a key role.
31st Jul '17 10:09:12 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** The proudly Irish-American Catholic Jimmy [=McNulty=], who sneers at Jameson as "Protestant whiskey" and makes other references to pro-Irish and anti-English sentiments, is played by English actor Dominic West.

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** The proudly Irish-American Catholic Jimmy [=McNulty=], who sneers at Jameson Bushmills as "Protestant whiskey" and makes other references to pro-Irish and anti-English sentiments, is played by English actor Dominic West.
31st Jul '17 9:54:15 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* IronyAsSheIsCast:
** The Deacon is played by reformed criminal and basis for Avon Barksdale Melvin Williams. The show alludes to the fact that the Deacon wasn't always a choir boy when he shows skill as a pool shark.
** The proudly Irish-American Catholic Jimmy [=McNulty=], who sneers at Jameson as "Protestant whiskey" and makes other references to pro-Irish and anti-English sentiments, is played by English actor Dominic West.
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.
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