Exclusive David Simon Q&A (page 11)
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Exclusive David Simon Q&A Q: Do you have a favorite character?  [Karen Neuman]

A: Baltimore.  The city.  I love when she is authenticated within the storytelling, particularly in the smallest details.  When Bunk lifts crab guts to his lips and McNulty reads a headline beneath broken crab debris in an interrogation room, or when Lieutenant Mello or Vice Principal Donnelly utters a line in a flawless Baltimore accent, or when West Baltimore club music is pumping through a houseparty scene, or when the real kids in Calvin Ford's actual Pennsylvania Avenue boxing gym are shown going about their craft - these things make me happy.

Q: Do you write Snoop's speeches or do you just roll the camera, let her talk, and then write it all down?  How much improvisation do you allow your actors to do? [Jim King]

Felicia Pearson A: As stated above, improvisation is kept to a minimum.  In the case of Felicia Pearson, she is learning the craft of acting quite quickly and with each successive scene we press her to stay closer and closer to the page.  The first episode of the new season, which features Snoop, is one in which she was required to follow the script, simply because the dialogue established a metaphor for the coming season, as all of our first scenes have done for each of our seasons.  We needed her to be precise and she obliged us.  We're proud of her and at the end of the day, she was, I think, proud of herself for doing the job much like any other actor.

Q: The sex scenes and violent scenes seem very real and provocative.  Are you particularly proud of those scenes?  [Jim King]

A: No more or less than other scenes.  In most instances, we try to keep the violence disturbing and abrupt, rather than choreographed and romanticized.  I'm not sure what we try to do with sexual scenes except to keep them credible within the context of the characters and their relationship to each other at the given moment.

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