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LAist Interview: The Wire's Jamie Hector

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For those us who don't have HBO on Demand, we are just two days away from the season premiere of the fifth and final season of The Wire. Today, we're closing out our series of interviews, which has included Tristan Wilds and Andre Royo, with Jamie Hector who plays the king of the drug game on Baltimore's West side, Marlo Stanfield.

Are you going to miss working on this show?

Definitely, I have enjoyed this journey.

Was it emotional saying goodbye?
It was emotional for everyone on that last day. We're all going to miss being a part of such a great show. People were definitely shedding tears on our final day on the set. It's a tough to walk away from this incredible cast.

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Is it hard walking away from the role of Marlo Stanfield?
I have enjoyed the chance to explore Marlo's life. I enjoy playing Marlo so much. It is great getting to be someone who is totally opposite from who you are. I enjoy playing any character as long as it has meat and there is plenty of meat in Marlo.

Why is Chris (Marlo's henchman played by Gbenga Akinnagbe) so loyal to Marlo? Is that loyalty based on fear?
It's not fear. That loyalty Chris has shown is based on respect he has for Marlo's leadership. He respects the hard work Marlo has put in to working his way up to the position that he is in right now as the top guy.