Andre, you managed to play a junkie in the most empathetic, human, universal way. Tell me about what it was like portraying him. Royo: The day I got the call -- "You got this audition to play a junkie named Bubbles on a new show called 'The Wire' " -- I didn't want to do it. It was, like, are we still doing that? Are we still doing a junkie named Bubbles? And then I had to check myself -- you ain't got the part. First get it, then you can take it to heart. And when I got the part, it was weird, there was nothing cliché or gimmicky about any of the characters. Going into the process, I wanted to get the character right. And nobody could tell me what they do; the drug affects everybody differently. So it came out through, "Let me just find the character as I go along." And I think that was one of the greatest happy accidents that could have happened, because that's what made everyone relate to the character and kept Bubbles alive -- he was just an honest, just good individual. Reddick: The last thing you said, about rooting for him -- for me, when I watch the show, I'm not rooting for good guys or bad guys, because you don't know who they are. You're rooting for individuals. Williams: I cried like a baby when they killed Bodie [a drug crew soldier played by J.D. Williams who was going to give the police information about Marlo]. I knew it was coming. But I was in a room full of dudes and I'm sitting there, like [wiping his eyes]. Royo: The one killing that really shook me up would have to be D'Angelo. I think David Simon even learned something about his storytelling. Because I remember when he killed D'Angelo, off the cuff, his response was, "Hope can't survive." That was offensive. Sohn: He said there's no hope in the ghetto. And we were all like, "Oh, no!" I love David. I think he's brilliant, and I think he has a beautiful heart. But we all just got ripped up when we heard that. There's no hope in the ghetto? It was, like, dude, this cast might not be here if there was no hope in the ghetto! Royo: You can't write the story without that. That's the only thing that keeps the whole thing going -- that we hope it's going to get better.
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