The relationship between actors and the parts they play is an odd one.
Directors in the pursuit of authenticity in their production often cast characters pulled from the same streets, and sometimes with associations to the same criminal societies from which they draw their artistic inspiration. When these actors start getting into trouble for much the same things as their characters did, it poses an interesting question: which came first, the actor or the gangster?
Here’s a few notable examples of actors turned gangster, or is it the other way around?
The Wire’s Felicia “Snoop” Pearson
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