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This Is What Idris Elba Did When He Was Fired From 'The Wire'
2024/04/10

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In recent years, the television industry has seen a surge of incredible shows that have left a lasting impact on viewers. However, amidst this golden age, there are also countless great shows that have been forgotten shortly after their cancellation. While many shows have faded away, there are a few that have stood the test of time. One such show is The Wire, which continues to be beloved by fans even years after its production ended.

One interesting revelation came in 2019 when it was discovered that Idris Elba, who played the iconic character Stringer Bell in The Wire, had a strong reaction when he learned about his character's violent demise.

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Elba, who had spent years in small roles before his breakthrough in The Wire, portrayed Bell in such a captivating manner that viewers were instantly drawn to him. Since his time on the show, Elba has become a successful actor with an impressive fortune.

When Stringer Bell's death was announced, it took fans by surprise. Bell was a crucial character throughout the series, and his exit was a risky move. However, the decision was ultimately justified as The Wire is still considered by many to be one of the best TV shows in history.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, David Simon, the creator of The Wire, discussed his reasoning behind Bell's demise.

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He explained that both Bell and another character, Colvin, represented different sides of the drug war and their storylines had a thematic purpose. Simon acknowledged that the decision would be unpopular, with even his wife calling him an "idiot".

When Elba discovered the original script that included his character being urinated on after his death, he was furious. He approached Simon, expressing his disapproval. Thankfully, Simon agreed to rewrite the script to Elba's satisfaction. On the day of filming, Elba pulled a prank by opening his eyes wide and whispering "Boo" into the camera while in the body bag, lightening the mood on set.

Overall, The Wire continues to captivate audiences and its behind-the-scenes stories only add to its enduring legacy.

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