If you’re a fan of The Wire, the greatest television show of all time, you know that Avon Barksdale is a Grade A badass. But did you know that there’s a real life Avon Barksdale, the former drug kingpin of Baltimore that the character on the show was based on, who’s arguably even more of a badass than the character on the show was?
Well, actually, yes, there is a real life Avon Barksdale and someone has made a documentary of his life. Though the quality of the film seems kind of sub-par, it looks kinda interesting just based on the trailer above. Here’s more info from the press release sent out yesterday:
E1 Music is excited to announce the release of The Avon Barksdale Story- Legends Of The Unwired â€“ in March 2010. This gripping film won Best Docudrama at this yearâ€™s NY International Independent Film & Video Festival and reveals the raw truth about death, drugs, and violence in the streets of Baltimore, MD. In The Avon Barksdale Story, the real Nathan Avon â€œBodieâ€ Barksdale tells all to actor Wood Harris, who played his on screen character in HBOâ€™s critically acclaimed series The Wire.
The Wire was based on the lives of real gangsters. The Avon Barksdale Story is the first to chronicle the actual lives of these real people. Barksdaleâ€™s real name, Nathan Avon Barksdale, and his nickname, â€œBodie,â€ were both used in the series as composite characters. Avon Barksdale was The Wireâ€™s first seasonâ€™s central character. The storyline focused on the Barksdale clan and their ruthless hold on Baltimoreâ€™s underworld and the intense efforts of law enforcement to stop them. Barksdale was a real crime figure in Baltimore.