Well, if Karen can–so can I. The highlight for me was hanging with three members of the cast of The Wire–Sonja Sohn (Det. Kima Griggs), Jamie Hector (Marlo Stansfield) and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Senator Clay Davis). All three talked about how tight the cast had gotten over the years; how much more interested in politics and urban issues they were now than when the show began. You’ll soon see Jamie Hector playing the young Frederick Douglass in a PBS series. And Isiah promised me one of the Sen. Clay Davis “Sheeeeiii…” t-shirts that he’s making. When we left the dinner for the after-parties, Sonja–whom my wife and I had met back in the days before The Wire–was noticed and applauded by the DC police who surrounded the hotel.
I’ve met more than a few celebrities who’ve disappointed–who weren’t anywhere near as cool as the characters they played–but these actors were smart, fun and great company. I hate to see The Wire end, but it’s nice to know that I can continue to be a shameless fan of the very best ensemble cast–and still without an emmy!–that I’ve ever seen on television.