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.
“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]
You’re going to hire people to guard your sh*t, but you’re not going to give them health care. Vice
has a long spoiler- and profanity-laden interview with The Wire
creator David Simon, running the gamut from backstage Wire
details to the media's obsession with "the Dickensian aspect" to his next series (set in New Orleans) to Joe Lieberman to this fight he almost got in at a concert one time. Via /Film
The Wire - David Simon's original pitch and series bible.
"At the end of thirteen episodes, the viewer - who has been lured all this way by a well-constructed police show - is not the simple gratification of hearing handcuffs click. Instead the conclusion is something Euripides or O'Neill might recognize: an America at every level at war with itself." [Previously.
The Wire is dissent; it argues that our systems are no longer viable for the greater good of the most, that America is no longer operating as a utilitarian and democratic experiment.
An already-quite-good discussion about The Wire
, originating in Mark Bowden's Atlantic
article ('The Angriest Man in Television'
) and continuing through Mark Bowden's post on the show's nihilistic bleakness
gets even more interesting on Matt Yglesias's blog,
where the creator of the show stops by to give his opinion
on what it's all supposed to mean.
"A detective does his job in the only possible way. He follows the requirements of the law to the letter -- or close enough so as not to jeopardize his case. Just as carefully, he ignores that law's spirit and intent. He becomes a salesman, a huckster as thieving and silver-tongued as any man who ever moved used cars or aluminum siding -- more so, in fact, when you consider that he's selling long prison terms to customers who have no genuine need for the product.
" [more inside]