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.
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.
Another obligatory post on The Wire. Here be spoilers for both series.
Brilliant stuff. (via kottke.org)
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)
I know — I talk about The Wire all the time.