[h2]Pugnacious D[/h2][h3]David Simon hates being pegged as angry, but it’s his fury—and passion and empathy—that made The Wire into such transcendent TV. Now, with Treme, he’s moved from postindustrial Baltimore to post-Katrina New Orleans, his irascibility very much intact.[/h3]
(Photo: Peter Hapak)
Spend time with David Simon and you’ll hear many nostalgic memories about arguments.
There’s the fight he had with producer Jimmy Finnerty about whether Simon’s investigative reporting for the Baltimore Sun would jeopardize Homicide: Life on the Street, the NBC show based on Simon’s book. “He says, ‘Don’t run the %$$%%@% articles!’ And I said, ‘That’s not an option.’ And Jimmy says—I wish I could do his accent—‘You %%+%##’ writer #*!%$%@#!@$@*, you don’t know when to shut up.’ We start screaming: ‘Who the *@%* are you?’ ‘Who the *@%* am I? Who the *@%* are you?’
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