Although we learned some time ago of the British Invasion on The Wire, I still cannot accept it when I am watching an episode. Oh yeah, I’m still watching. Season 5. We’re dragging it out I think so the magic never ends.
But it’s weird, right? That Tommy Carcetti is actually Irish.
That Jimmy McNulty is English.
That Stringer Bell, oh my god not him, is from Hackney, East London.
I am so terrified that one day I will hear one of the actors as himself in an interview, in his native tongue, and the show might never be the same.
Maybe people are going through that now that Idris “Stringer Bell” Elba just finished a short stint as straight man on The Office. But his Charles Miner can’t hold a candle to Stringer Bell. And I read that Stringer Bell (yep, I’m calling him that from now on) used to underground DJ in NY and has DJed at Madame X. HELLO? WHAT? I tots had a New Year’s party there in 2003. WHERE WAS HE?
Sorry. This little tirade of mine is because I was surprised again yesterday to hear of an American actor from The Wire who has made North London his home for 12 years. None other than dollhouse furniture-making Lester Freamon. It’s just too bizarre. What do I do if I run into him at a pub? Tell him I think he’s good police?