Tag Archives: thewire

February 16, 2018

How Every Character Was Cast on The Wire

Wendell Pierce (Det. William “Bunk” Moreland): It was weeks later, maybe even a year later, while we were shooting, that David said, “You know, when you came in, it was not your reading that got you the part. You just came in and you were bitching and complaining about this taxi driver and that was the thing that got you the gig, because you’re so much like Bunk.” The fact that I would bring it up in the middle of a major audition shows some gumption on my part.

July 15, 2013

Life on the Set of The Wire

To be an actor on a series like The Wire was to live in a permanent state of anxiety, one’s mortality (and unemployment) forever lurking around the next plot twist … The situation turned actors into forensic critics, deep-reading every set of new pages for the slightest hint of impending doom.

April 16, 2013
July 21, 2012
June 7, 2012

An oral history of The Wire

Wendell Pierce (Det. William “Bunk” Moreland): I actually was in the (interrogation) box with a couple people as they were asked questions, and then I hooked up with real “Bunk.” He took me around, telling me stories about Homicide, introducing me to all these other cops. “This guy is going to be playing me in this new show. Come here Bunk!” He called people Bunk. It comes from the military. Your bunk mate.

A great way to remember the ten-year anniversary of the greatest TV show ever. (via kottke.org)

January 10, 2012