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Down in the Hole

As you may have noticed, I have become totally obsessed with The Wire in recent months, as is apparently my duty as a journalist. Of course, really I should have become obsessed with it five years ago, but better late than never. Anyway, there are many magnificent things about the Greatest Programme Ever Made (no, really, it is! It is!). The political anger, the labyrinthine plots, the funniness (it's absolutely hilarious a lot of the time, something that I think often gets overlooked), the fact that it's often heartbreakingly sad (whenever anything bad happens to Bubbles, I find it incredibly distressing), the theme tune (my favourite is Season 4's hip-hop tinged version, brilliantly performed by some young Baltimore boys). And then there are the characters, probably the most complex characters ever to grace our television screens. But there's something else about many of these characters: they're kind of hot. Now, I'm not talking about personality in these cases - Mc Nulty and Stringer Bell are hardly dream dates - but there's something about them... Same for Kima, Bodie, and Avon - in fact, the only person who might be halfway normal to go out with is Carver. Am I alone in my many crushes on the Wire cast? I'm probably alone in fancying Bodie, whom I always thought was hilarious and a wonderful character (he always looks so exasperated by the whole drug dealing business, and I love his interactions with Herc and Carver) but actually started to become hotter as time went on (he's only three years younger than me, by the way, in case you thought this was some sort of unwholesome underage crush).

In fact, there's only one way to settle this: a poll. Now, I don't fancy all of these people, but I can see the appeal of all of them. What about you, fellow Wire obsessives viewers?

Poll #1254621 The Strangely Attractive Characters of the Wire

Mc Nulty

Hot
3(23.1%)
Not hot
1(7.7%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
4(30.8%)

Carver

Hot
5(41.7%)
Not hot
2(16.7%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
1(8.3%)

Omar

Hot
4(30.8%)
Not hot
0(0.0%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
3(23.1%)

Kima

Hot
3(23.1%)
Not hot
0(0.0%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
3(23.1%)

Stringer Bell

Hot
5(38.5%)
Not hot
1(7.7%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
0(0.0%)

Bodie

Hot
3(25.0%)
Not hot
2(16.7%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
2(16.7%)

Avon

Hot
3(23.1%)
Not hot
3(23.1%)
An awesome character, whether hot or not
3(23.1%)


Hmmm, I think I need a Wire icon....

Comments

stellanova
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
What is it about the glasses? But they really do send him into another level of hotness.

Yay, another Bodie fan! I don't know why I find him so charming. I think it's basically because he has a sense of humour, despite being, of course, a cold-blooded killer. Even McNulty and the other cops genuinely like him!

Dominic West was in my sister's class in college, by the way (he went to my alma mater, but would have graduated just as I started). And I've just found out that one of my colleagues knows him really well! That's what happens when an actor lives in Dublin for a few years...
starfishchick
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Bodie is GREAT, and as you said elsewhere, he has that great relationship of respect/affection for the police, and they for him. They know he's not going to jerk them around too much, and vice versa. He's a relatively good guy doing a bad thing, but they can see that.

Stringer Bell's glasses might have to become an LJ interest!

And ooh, that's very cool that you have so few degrees of separation from Dominic West! (And the rest of The Wire cast by extension!)

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