When the works of David Simon were translated to television, the job of portraying 15-year-old DeAndre McCullough from "The Corner" was given to Sean Nelson
. DeAndre himself, then 23, appeared on screen in a cameo as an officer and in a non-fiction discussion at the end of the miniseries
. Later, in the world of "The Wire," DeAndre returned as the bodyguard of Brother Mouzone
David Simon: "He enjoyed acting, and showed some poise, but the jobs that offered the chance at a real career — the behind-the-camera production work, the path to union wages and benefits — those couldn’t hold him
was found dead on Wednesday in Baltimore. He was 35.
posted by rewil
on Aug 4, 2012 -
The Wire's Felicia ("Snoop") Pearson has been arrested
as part of large scale drug raids according to the Baltimore Sun
Life imitates art, but in this case art had closely imitated life, as Pearson was not a trained actress, but grew up in tough Baltimore neighbourhoods and has a conviction for second degree murder for an act at the age of 14. However in recent years she had been involved in anti-violence campaigns and other work with young people.
posted by philipy
on Mar 10, 2011 -
“You know what Miami gets in their crime show? They get detectives that look like models, and they drive around in sports cars. And you know what New York gets, they get these incredibly tough prosecutors, competent cops that solve the most crazy, complicated cases. —What Baltimore gets is this reinforced notion that it's a city full of hopelessness, despair and dysfunction. There was very little effort—beyond self-serving—to highlight the great and wonderful things happening here, and to indict the whole population, the criminal justice system, the school system.” —Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III,
on the effect of The Wire
on Baltimore’s reputation. [more inside]
posted by kipmanley
on Jan 18, 2011 -
Prior to his critically acclaimed program The Wire, creator Edward Burns wrote the HBO miniseries The Corner
, which also focused on the drug trade in Baltimore. Charles S. Dutton
, an African-American Baltimore native and former convict probably best known to most as TV's "Roc," was chosen to direct the miniseries. Who Gets To Tell a Black Story?
, part of a Pulitzer-prize winning NYT series
on race in America, examines Dutton's take on how to make a TV program which portrays a mostly African-American cast of characters, the struggles and differing perspectives of Dutton and Burns, and how race is portrayed in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by whir
on Dec 17, 2007 -