The Wire’s Bubbles and Bunk: Andre Royo and Wendell Pierce

7th January 2008

Andre Royo and Wendell Pierce are two of the stars of HBO’s The Wire.

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Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce (“Bunk,” above) and Andre Royo (“Bubbles”) from HBO’s brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn’t just another cop show — it’s an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore.

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External Links:
Andre Royo’s “Property of Bubbles” T-Shirts
The New York Times: Who Gets To Tell A Black Story?
The Believer: Nick Hornby talks with Wire creator David Simon

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