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Instead of being paraded by DEA agents down Eutaw Street, Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson of ''The Wire" should have been promoting the release of her first film, "Criminal Empire for Dummy's," in which a dynamic young kingpin offers a hip how-to on the best way to build a mob. The movie was slated to begin shooting a year ago in New Orleans. Unfortunately, its funding fell apart a week before the start date.

Meagan Lewis, the film's New Orleans casting director, who also casts David Simon's "Treme," said today from the Big Easy, "Felicia was going to do me a solid and come down and do this part. It would have been a great thing for her -- all her scenes were with Gary Oldman and Michael Clarke Duncan. I love her and wish nothing but the best for her."

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Actually, Lewis thinks so much of Pearson that she had persuaded the director of "Criminal Empire" "to take a role originally written one way and move it in a different direction for Felicia. It would have been really interesting." (The part is listed on the Internet Movie DataBase as "Pfizer.")

"I think this happened a few times with Felicia," said Lewis. "She'd be trying to do certain projects and they would fall through for one Hollywood reason or another. I think ['Wire' casting director] Pat Moran mentioned that because of how she was raised and her past, Felicia has a huge well of sadness and life experiences that she can pull from, and it's helped her tremendously as an actress. I just wish her the best."

For full Sun coverage of Felicia Pearson, start here.

Photo of Felicia Pearson on the set of "The Wire" in 2005, by Algerina Perna

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