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3 little-known facts about The Wire, the legendary series

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Certain series have left their mark on the history of pop culture. The production of a nugget, however, relies on a fragile balance that is often unknown to the general public. From casting to script choices, including enmities or moments of grace, the destiny of a creation sometimes reveals real surprises. Here are 3 filming secrets on The Wire, the series by David Simon.

The authors were very well informed about Baltimore

A former journalist, David Simon spent several months with the local police. His coverage of drug trafficking and its impact on the city has made him an expert. At his side, we find Ed Burns, a former detective with the Baltimore homicide squad.

David Simon also explained to our colleagues at Salon in 2002 about his writing partner:

He led numerous lengthy investigations, often lasting more than a year, into violent drug traffickers. He was largely inspired by his experiences and frustrations within the service.

Season 2 threw Michael off K. Williams (Omar)

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In the second season of The Wire, the series expands even further by focusing on the docks of Baltimore where the drugs are imported. Enough to bother certain spectators who appreciated that season 1 focused on the Barksdale clan and the police investigation concerning it.

For his part, Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little, revealed that he was surprised by this development. Quoted by Vulture in 2014, he emphasized:

Throughout the first season, I came on as a recurring character and the character started to grow. I fell in love with the actors, the writing, the city, so what to do? We moved to Baltimore. So I was ready for the second season, I was wondering where this story was going. And I discovered the mind of David Simon – he took him to the docks. I became very bitter. I was an angry black man. And I approached David, without really understanding, saying to him: “How is it that we made this series a success, and you want to give it to the white people“ nbsp;?”

The former mayor of Baltimore was not a fan of the series< /h2>

While the character of The Wire, Tommy Carcetti, seems partly inspired by his career, Martin O'Malley , the city's former Democratic mayor who later enjoyed a career in national politics, didn't really like this program.

The latter regretted that the series did not sufficiently highlight the positive aspects of Baltimore. It is true that this production does not show a very shiny version of this municipality, but it seemed quite realistic according to the testimonies of the inhabitants.

That's all for today&amp ;#8217;today. Are you one of the unconditional fans of this series ? Don't hesitate to remind us of your memories in the comments. If you liked the article, you can always find the previous part of this section here.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116