Thursday, January 31, 2008

Slim Charles Speaks


I know, I post a lot about The Wire. That's because I think a lot about The Wire. And dream and talk and worry about. Last week, my wife asked me, despairing, what we were going to do when this season (the show's last) ended. I answered--half-serious--"get a divorce and move back in with our parents." She nodded, considering....

Slim Charles, the one-time Barksdale associate, now with Prop Joe, never gets much screen time--especially now that the show's got 25 subplots going. Still, my love for him is undiminished. Here's an interview with the man (well, ok the actor who plays the man) himself....

4 comments:

Cartooniste said...

You may be heartened to know that one of the operating slogans to help L and me through our Two Week Odyssey of Craziness has been WWSBD?

Or, What Would Stringer Bell Do?

It keeps us from wimping out.

JMW said...

All good Americans think a lot about the Wire.

Saxo philologus said...

So I've only seen eight episodes of season 3, but one of the best Slim Charles moments of all time has to be his dialogue with Avon when the latter is trying to find some new muscle to deal with Marlo.

"Well, what about Shorty Boy?"

"Shorty Boy gone and cleaned his whole act up. He's makin' us all look bad."

"What about Eggy Mo?"

And so on, and so on. Slim's inflection is fascinating.

Mr. Guapo said...

Yes. It is the inflection. There's also a scene around that same point in the season (MILD SPOILER ALERT) when he and Cutty lead a Barksdale assault force on one of Marlo's corners. Cutty decides not take an open shot at a rival dealer; later, when the two are recounting the episode to Avon, Charles takes responsibility. He doesn't realize Cutty's passed on the shot and assumes that the mistake was his. I love that moment. It shows how honor and virtue exist in all communities, whether they're gangsters or policemen.