The Wire: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

The Wire, HBO’s drama about Baltimore’s criminal underworld, is, to many, the greatest show ever created. If you are one of them, then keep reading; some of these fun facts might surprise you! Stay tuned for part two, coming soon.

Number Fifteen: Bubbles Was Based on a Real Person

Bubbles, a heroin addict and police informant played by Andre Royo, is based on a real drug addict from the ‘60s. The real man also went by the name of Bubbles and used the hat method seen in the show.

Number Fourteen: Obama Loves It

Barack’s list of favorite shows includes The Wire, which, he thinks, can help solve some of America’s justice problems. His favorite character is Omar: “That’s not an endorsement. He’s not my favourite person, but he’s a fascinating character.”

Number Thirteen: It Never Won an Emmy

No other show has even been so critically acclaimed like The Wire has. Almost every publication and critic have, at some point, named it the best show ever. And it comes fifth on IMDb’s top 250 tv shows. And yet, it never won a single Emmy nor a Golden Globe.

Number Twelve: Andre Royo’s Heroin Encounter

Royo was walking around the street in full costume, away from the cameras, when a Baltimore resident approached him and handed him a small bag of heroin. The man said: “Here, man. You need the fix more than I do.” Royo counts that moment as his “street Oscar.”

Number Eleven: David Simon Had a Plot Prepared for Season Six

The show ended on its fifth season in 2008 due to poor ratings. Writer David Simon always had the topic in mind and the scenario prepared for the following season, which would have revolved around the increasing Latino population in Baltimore. However, not Simon nor any of the producers had enough information about Baltimore’s Latino population, so they dropped the idea.

Number Ten: Dominic West Had No Faith in The Wire

West, who resides in London, originally turned down his role in The Wire because he wasn’t willing to live in Baltimore for so long. His agent convinced him to take the role because he thought it would only last one season.

Number Nine: Most Minor Characters Aren’t Actors

Almost all of the extras that appear on the show are played by real-life policemen and criminals. In fact, many of these criminals had previously been arrested by those cops!

Number Eight: West Based His Character on De Niro

For his audition tape, which he did from his London apartment, West tried to make his best De Niro impression. The producers found his performance to be a little strange but offered him the role anyway. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!