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“Baltimore Was a Culture Shock”: Real Talk from The Wire’s Creators and Stars


In honor of the tenth anniversary of the first episode of The Wire, a certain men’s magazine decided to take its mind off boobs and video games for once and instead give the series a thorough historical review. The whole oral history is worth a read, but we’ve distilled it to a few choice snippets for those of you in a rush. Read about the cast’s take on Baltimore, their strip club visits, and their interactions with local drug dealers below:

(On an early meeting with David Simon, then a journalist for the Baltimore Sun) Ed Burns: He said “I’ve got permission to follow this, and I’d love to know what’s going on. I won’t write anything until the case is wrapped up, but I’d love to hear some of the wire taps.” And I said to him, “You know, quite frankly, I’d like you to hear them too so I can lock you away for 10 years.” Because that’s the punishment for listening to wire taps if you’re not authorized. He followed the case, and we became, I wouldn’t say friends, at that time, but I trusted him. He knew how to keep his mouth shut.

Method Man (Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff, Proposition Joe’s gang): We had a taste of what The Wire was before The Wire came out when they did The Corner. It was like Star Trek compared to Star Wars.  Star Trek was good, but you wanted to see more detail. I wanted to see some space fighting. When Star Wars came out it blew my f***ing mind.