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Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale, the man who inspired the character Avon Barksdale on HBO’s The Wire, died in a federal prison in North Carolina on Saturday. Barksdale, 54 was serving a jail term at the time of his death. According to an official at the Butner, N.C., medical prison where he died, Barksdale passed from an undisclosed illness.

Barksdale, who was considered one of the most notorious drug kingpins in Baltimore history, rose to infamy in the 1980s selling heroin out of the city’s Murphy Homes public housing complex. After serving a 15 year prison term, he worked with the anti-violence Safe Streets program before he was arrested again in 2014 for taking part in a heroin conspiracy with members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang.

The Wire creator David Simon has said that Barksdale’s life served as inspiration for aspects of some of the show’s characters two of whom were drug kingpin Avon Barksdale, played by Wood Harris, and a dealer named Bodie Broadus played by, JD Williams.


What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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