The cast of HBO’s former extremely popular crime drama series “The Wire,” reunited for an hour-long discussion about the show and its impact, as an event that took place last week Thursday at Paleyfest 2014.
During the conversation, the cast shared insights into the show’s resonance with audiences, many behind-the-scenes stories (like who almost left the cast and who had doubts about the show during its early episodes, and more), pivotal scenes from the series and how the actors approached them, real-life inspirations for the characters, what characters actors initially auditioned for, actors finding out that their characters are going to die, the show’s cult-like following despite low ratings while it was on the air and how they dealt with that, its cancellation and more.
What I found most interesting about this gathering is that, as they revealed during the talk, most of the cast hadn’t seen or communicated with each other since the show ended in 2008! Wow.
Joining show co-creator David Simon on the stage at the Payleyfest event were actors John Doman (Dep. Comm. William Rawls), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (D’Angelo Barksdale), Seth Gilliam (Sgt. Ellis Carver), Jim True-Frost (Det. Roland “Prez” Pryzblewski), Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar Little), Sonja Sohn (Det. Shakima “Kima” Greggs), Wendell Pierce (Det. William “Bunk” Moreland) and executive produce Nina Nobel.
Not physically present, Dominic West and Idris Elba, who portrayed two of the show’s most compelling characters Det. James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty and Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell, respectively, joined via video stream.
The insightful panel was moderated by TV critic Alan Sepinwall, author of the book “The Revolution was Televised.”
Watch it in full below and reminisce (for you sensitive folks, FYI, there’s lots of foul language):