Actress Amy Ryan doesn’t have much to say about what viewers can expect to see in the upcoming episodes of The Wire‘s final season. This isn’t because she wants to tease fans of the show by withholding juicy information. Rather, it’s because she has chosen to keep herself out of the loop as well.
“I know the story because it was told to me by [series creator] David Simon, but I wouldn’t read the scripts on purpose because I wanted to be surprised, too,” Ryan, who plays Officer “Beadie” Russell on the HBO drama, told TV Guide. “I did go snooping through one script, and I was like, ‘Oh, no! I ruined one of the biggest things.’ I was so bummed.”
What Amy Ryan did reveal is that she appears in only five episodes this season, and that she’s “definitely in the last one.”
Ryan has had an extensive career in the entertainment industry, having worked on film and Broadway as well. She has received much recognition for her work, getting nominated for a Tony Award twice and recently earning an Oscar nod for her work on the critically-acclaimed film, Gone Baby Gone.
“I’m still coming to terms with it,” Ryan said of her Oscar nomination. “It’s still kind of surreal and wonderful. Sometimes it’s even hard to believe it’s true, yet it’s familiar, because you’ve dreamt it for so long. The attention the movie and I have been getting has opened doors to new material and [the opportunity] to work with these great actors and directors, and that is the biggest prize of all.”
While receiving such great acting honors has certainly made Ryan proud, she is still awaiting the day that The Wire will be considered for a prestigious award.
“It’s really inexplicable. It kind of disturbs me, to be honest,” she said. “I mean, what Michael Kenneth Williams [as Omar] and Andre Royo [as Bubbles] do with their performances is staggering.”
She added, “If you look back on TV in general, what’s going to last through the years? I think The Wire is a brilliant social commentary, and that’s shinier than any prize you can get.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
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