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In five seasons of the most amazing drama ever devised by man, the only scene that I completely hated and just refused to accept was the one where D’Angelo Barksdale goes all Deep Blue explaining chess to the hoppers.
From the masterful way they spoofed that here, it seems I am not the only one.
In addition to the Cloud Nine, police also believe De Leon finished off a bottle of rum and was working on a beverage called Four Loko, which combines alcohol and caffeine. He tested positive for marijuana, Xanax and alcohol.
It’s like he hit the trifecta…except for 5 things…and tried to eat people. Cloud Nine is bath salts.
Oh, god, “the bath salts made him eat someone’s face!!!!11!”
Separately, I would have hoped that the actors in the Wire would have gone on to better things than working for Funny or Die web videos. Come on. It was funny, especially seeing Omar go full shuck’n’jive in the opener. But really, the woman playing Kima is hot, and she’s an excellent actress, she can’t get better work than this? Now I’m just a burner making a sad face.
Unfortunately, actors from The Wire have pretty famously struggled for work since. Idris Elba (Stringer Bell) and Dominic West (Jimmy McNulty) have had the most success, but they both came over from the BBC, and went back to the UK afterwards. Elba has managed to secure small parts in Hollywood movies like Thor, Ghost Rider and Prometheus.
Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs) is a featured cast member on Body of Proof. Michael K. Williams (Omar) is on Boardwalk Empire. Callie Thorn (Elena McNulty) is the star of Necessary Roughness and was a regular cast member of Rescue Me. Andre Royo (Bubbles) pops up regularly as a guest star in hour-long dramas. Clarke Peters and Wendell Pierce star in Treme, which is, of course, made by the same people who made The Wire. Lance Reddick is a cast member of Fringe.
The other six thousand actors featured on The Wire have gone on to do very little.
…which is a terrible shame, since one of the show’s coolest features was that it proved you could make great television with a fist full of no-name regional actors.
These are the show-runners who did NOT have a meeting where they said: “Okay, then it’s settled. John Amos will play Bunny Colvin. Now for Stan Valchek we’re thinking Fred Ward, but of course we’ll need to get him a dialect coach. The most important thing is that no one who watches this show should ever see any face he hasn’t seen on TV twenty-seven times before. That’s our philosophy!”
And thank goodness it wasn’t. Because The Wire just wouldn’t be The Wire without that sergeant who couldn’t really act yelling at roll call: “Knot anudher phucken weerd!”