Thursday, January 10, 2008

TwoCents & Five Questions With...

...Wendell Pierce, Actor

Wendell Pierce is one of those actors you can always catch while watching movies on TV. He has appeared in films such as: "Casualties of War", "Malcolm X", "Bye Bye Love", "Waiting to Exhale" and "Ray".

On Television you've seen Wendell in shows such as: "Third Watch", "NUMB3RS" and of course "The Wire".

Recently Wendell Pierce took some time out of shooting the final season of "The Wire" to share his TwoCents and Five Answers with us. Enjoy!

Q: How do you feel with THE WIRE finally winding down?
Wendell Pierce: I have mixed emotions. I'm happy we were able to complete the novel. This has definitely been the best job of my career. It's fun to be Bunk. I was real nervous about the role at first, because my character is loosely based on a real detective, but it turned out he loves the show, so that made me feel good.

Bunk is a great character to play because he's fleshed-out - a troubled man who's a really good cop at the same time. That gives him focus when the rest of his life is falling apart. He's not lost, exactly, but he's susceptible to his inadequacies.

Q: What happens in season five?
WP: About all I can say is that each character is challenged by his moral compass, and the choices people make put them at odds with each other. The best thing about being on the series is seeing the way the characters interact.

Q: Can you share any secrets?
WP: One of the interesting things about THE WIRE is that even if you like a character, you can't be sure they're going to do the right thing. There's always that ambiguity about whose moral compass is off and whose is on. You can't take stereotypes for granted, whether you're looking at a judge or a kid who's swinging on the street. I love that about the show.

Q: What are you going to miss most about playing Bunk?
WP: The camaraderie with McNulty and Freamon and all the other police. Playing Bunk brought me a sense of ease that I hadn't found before. I'm a lot more relaxed in my work now.

Q: How do you think THE WIRE will be remembered in coming years?
WP: We're going to be like "The Bicycle Thief." People will say, "Here's my top ten - and do you know about THE WIRE?" I think we'll get a whole new fan base after the show is done, because people will be able to pop in the DVDs.

The show has already touched people across the spectrum who want to be challenged as well as entertained - young and old, black and white, rich and poor.

Many thanks to Wendell Pierce for taking some time out to spend with us. The final season of "The Wire" currently airs on HBO on Sundays at 9PM EST.


  1. Awesome. I love the Wire. I didn't catch on until season 2. Over Xmas break I watched all of Seasons 1 and 4 in a back-to-back Wire maraton. I'm 2 eps deep into season 5 now too.

  2. Bunk, you rock! Bunk and Omar, in a ten pace duel. That's my dream ending.


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