What some may not know, however, is that The Wire's Barksdale is based on a real drug dealer named, well, Nathan Avon Barksdale. Now E1 Music has put together a documentary (out on DVD this March) on the gangster , freshly released from prison, titled The Avon Barksdale Story - Legends of the Unwired:
"During the drug wars of the '80s, long before The Wire's drug kingpin Avon Barksdale entered the mind of David Simon, a young man (named Nathan Avon "Bodie" Barksdale) was in the belly of one of the most violent neighborhoods on Baltimore's Westside. The Lexington Terrace Projects was one of the most notorious areas in the city making it the perfect backdrop for HBO's The Wire. But unlike David Simon, an admitted outsider, this story possesses the intimate detailing which can only come from an insider's view."
Now if you watch the trailer below without ever having seen The Wire, please don't think its production qualities reflect the quality of HBO's show. Despite having the connections to unite actor Wood Harris with the real Barksdale, this is definitely a low-to-no budget look at the 'real' story behind one of Baltimore's most notorious drug dealers.