We recently brought you part one of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about The Wire and now are back with part two. Keep reading—the most surprising facts are on this list!
Number Seven: The Writers Knew Exactly What They Were Talking About
Series’ writer Ed Burns worked as a crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun, which provided him with an extensive knowledge of Baltimore’s crime and corruption issues. David Simon wrote the book on which the show is loosely based, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, for which he had to do heavy research.
Number Six: Simon had to Beg for the Show Not to Get Cancelled
Despite the sensational reviews the show was collecting, HBO decided to put an end to it after season three. Eventually, Simon convinced HBO executives to pick it up again for another season or two so that he could conclude his story.
Number Five: A Spin-Off of The Wire Was Planned
The production team came up with an idea for a new show, which would have served as a spin-off of The Wire, revolving around the politics storyline portrayed in the series. However, when presented with the idea, HBO simply rejected it.
Number Four: The Actors Saw the Worst in Baltimore
Most of the actors who played the role of policemen went through intensive ride-along training with real officers. Seth Gilliam and Domenick Lombardozzi witnessed a gunfire scene that almost got them killed. Actress Sonja Sohn had issues remembering her lines due to emotional trauma filming in dangerous neighborhoods.
Number Three: All Journalists from Season Five Were Based on Simon’s Co-Workers
Simon was inspired by his colleagues during his time working for The Baltimore Sun. In fact, one of them even plays himself on the show – William F. Zorzi.
Number Two: Omar Couldn’t Really Whistle
Omar Little, played by Michel K. Williams, was famed for whistling ‘The Farmer in The Dell’ to warn his potential victims that he was approaching. However, Williams couldn’t whistle at all and needed someone to do it for him every time.
Number One: Its Greatest Catchphrase Was Unscripted
We all remember Senator Clay Davis’ iconic catchphrase; his exceedingly elongated ‘Sheeeeeeit!’ whenever bad news was told to him. That was never on the script. He improvised it and the team just loved it and asked him to keep it. We hope you enjoyed reading about the iconic show. Stay tuned for new surprising articles!