„Stringer is very calculating and he has to be for so many reasons. He'll calculates the next steps, shipments, inventory, pays workers.. all that. But the wicked part is that he can plan murders because that's a part of his business. I'll tell you, if I, Idris, had to contract for murders as part of my job, I couldn't do it because I have a heart. I have no stomach for ordering other people's deaths. Stringer just gets in there, orders the deed and bam.. that's it.. it's done and he doesn't think twice about it. There's no way I could be that cold. I'm also a more lively kid out there, doing stuff and I can't just do one thing forever. Stringer is committed to his job and business so much so he doesn't have much of a personal life so he's more one dimensional. As for me I have a child, a life, thirst for travel, you know I'm curious.. whereas Stringer is more interested in being the best business person and his interests don't go further than that.“

— Idris Elba, On the differences between him and the character of Stringer Bell. from cast interview about the show "The Wire". http://www.hbo.com/thewire/interviews/idris_elba.shtml (url accessed on October 16, 2008).
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