Yesterday, three actors from the acclaimed HBO show The Wire swung down to the justice department to to join Attorney General Eric Holder in trying to draw attention to the issue of protecting children from drug abuse and exploitation.
Kima, Bunk and Prez — otherwise known as Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce, and Jim True-Frost, respectively — found themselves ambushed when Holder essentially demanded, nay ordered them to make another season or a movie from The Wire.
“I want to speak directly to [Ed] Burns and [David] Simon: Do another season of ‘The Wire’,” Holder said, reports Reuters. The missive drew a hearty round of laughter and applause from the audience. “That’s actually at a minimum. … If you don’t do a season, do a movie. We’ve done HBO movies, this is a series that deserves a movie. I want another season or I want a movie. I have a lot of power Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon.”
Pierce, who is now playing a character on Simon’s New Orleans show Treme, chimed in with a hearty “hear hear.”
On his Facebook page, Jim True-Frost gave his endorsement as well: “Damned if Attorney General Holder didn’t up and demand that David Simon and Ed Burns produce another season of The Wire. Or a movie. I’m down.”
And though he wasn’t at the event, we can all assume actor Isiah Whitlock — who played State Sen. Clay Davis — would have risen up and proclaimed, “Sheeeeeeeit.”
It’s not everyday that a government official oversteps their authority in a good way and intervenes on behalf of America for something that many, many, many people would like to see. However, The Wire ended kind of perfectly after season five and so as great as another season or movie would be, it’s hard not to think that one more foray into the breach would not be such a great idea.