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Monday, January 7, 2008

Red Carpet Moments From The Wire

I had the honor of covering the Red Carpet (ok, it was a small red carpet, but hey, Baltimore is more small town than Hollywood and that's what we love about it, right?) for the season 5 premiere of THE WIRE at the Senator over the weekend.

Not only was it a thrill to see and and talk to some of my favorite characters (Bubbles, Bunk and Proposition Joe), but also, to see surreal moments, from Mayor Sheila Dixon attending the screening (there's a City Councilwoman who, despite David Simon's direct reassurances that the character was not modeled after her, at least bears a passing similarity) to the protesters carrying signs that say, "Cut The Wire" written in dripping blood red.

One thing that stuck out for me came from one of the actors, who said, despite the series shining the light on the War on Drugs, institutional corruption, education, media and the plight of urbanity in America, THE WIRE was David Simon's valentine to Baltimore.

The show also had a wicked sense of humor. Check out the "prequel" to the character of Proposition Joe!

and visit this link to hear clips from some of the actors who attended the screening.

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