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"The game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple."

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posted by chavenet at 8:32 AM on December 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh he was that big guy in the show! He was a mountain behind Omar. Fascinating.
posted by Brocktoon at 8:38 AM on December 15, 2012


There's a couple of appearances like that. The Deacon is the guy Avon Barksdale was based on.
posted by Artw at 9:04 AM on December 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


. Glad he got the chance to turn his life around.
posted by arcticseal at 9:17 AM on December 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


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posted by the young rope-rider at 9:24 AM on December 15, 2012


I'm glad things worked out relatively well for him. I wish more convicts got the chances he had.
posted by Malor at 10:38 AM on December 15, 2012


That, including his marriage, is a compelling story, almost better than the fiction within The Wire. RIP.
posted by C.A.S. at 10:48 AM on December 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


From the obit it is a life story just as full I tragedy and misery as the show.
posted by munchingzombie at 10:48 AM on December 15, 2012


Just clicking on a couple of the links in the thread, I am just realizing how much research went into this series. Probably one of the deeper series I have ever seen.
posted by psycho-alchemy at 11:27 AM on December 15, 2012


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posted by jquinby at 11:39 AM on December 15, 2012


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posted by jiawen at 11:50 AM on December 15, 2012


“My gun jammed,” Mr. Andrews told The New York Times in 2007. “So the guy was lying on the ground, and it gave him a chance to look me in the eye, and he said, ‘Why?’ ”

Mr. Andrews killed the man but was haunted by his question.
That was not the follow-up I was expecting.

This sounds strange to say, but when I clicked on the article and saw he passed away during complications of heart surgery, I was happy to see that that seemed like the least likely way Omar would go.
posted by Brainy at 1:18 PM on December 15, 2012


There's a couple of appearances like that. The Deacon is the guy Avon Barksdale was based on.

The Wire could be (and probably has been) the subject of a graduate thesis on intertextuality. To take a single example: Jay Landsman was the inspiration of the ubiquitous John Munch from Homicide:Life on the Street (who later had a cameo on The Wire), but Landsman also lent his name to a character on the show, as well as portraying another character on The Wire (and appearing briefly as himself in The Corner).
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:02 PM on December 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


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posted by learnsome at 3:27 PM on December 15, 2012


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posted by drezdn at 4:13 PM on December 15, 2012


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Never knew this, thanks for the post.
posted by meta87 at 5:57 PM on December 15, 2012


Holy shit. RIP, dude.
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:31 PM on December 15, 2012


Pretty young.

It's great to see people turn to helping others and changing their lives.

There's a couple of appearances like that. The Deacon is the guy Avon Barksdale was based on.

As well as, no doubt the real Nathan Avon Barksdale. Many of the characters are a mix of real life people.

An episode of American Gangster focuses on Melvin Williams (Ed Burns is in it as well, it's on Netflix), who played the Deacon. And of course LeMarr was played by the real DeAndre McCullough portrayed in the Corner. There are several others.
posted by juiceCake at 8:28 PM on December 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's a couple of appearances like that. The Deacon is the guy Avon Barksdale was based on.
As well as, no doubt the real Nathan Avon Barksdale.

It looks like the veracity of his claim is disputable, to put it generously.
posted by invitapriore at 11:23 AM on December 16, 2012


The Wire really grabbed me like few other shows. Glad to know this guy was able to turn his life around, but it's way too bad he didn't get to enjoy it longer.
posted by look busy at 1:15 PM on December 16, 2012


There's a couple of appearances like that. The Deacon is the guy Avon Barksdale was based on.

There's also the fact that Felicia "Snoop" Pearson played Felicia "Snoop" Pearson.

Her story still seems to be pretty troubled though.
posted by sparklemotion at 6:19 PM on December 16, 2012


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