3-Minute Interview: Andre Royo 

"The Wire," which debuted in 2002, concludes its run on HBO with a finale airing at9 p.m. Sunday. Andre Royo, who plays Bubbles, a street-smart, homeless addict, talks about the show.

Has it been difficult to accept that there will be no more of "The Wire"? Yeah, it's been a tough pill to swallow for all of us. It's been such an amazing journey. But you can't stay in school forever. You've got to graduate at some point.

Is the mood somber among the cast? It's pretty bittersweet. We realize that we are a part of something that none us had any idea would turn out to be so incredibly huge and popular. So that's really exciting. And because the show has one of the best casts around, we hate to see it end because it's rare to have a show with a predominately black cast like this one.

Did you know that Barack Obama is a huge fan of "The Wire"? Yes, I heard him say that during an interview and that his favorite character is Omar Little [Michael K. Williams]. Author Cornell West and Chris Rock are big fans of the show, too.

Is it true that when you were first approached to play this role, you were reluctant to do it? Yeah, because I felt that it played right into the stereotypes of young, black men. And our culture seems to have an unforgiving heart and some of the roles that we take can be frowned upon. Also, the character didn't sound all that compelling to me initially. But the more I read what David Simon had written about the character, I realized that this was something unique that I could make my own. Looking back, I'm so glad that I didn't walk away from it. Needless to say, it's been a huge career boost for me.

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