So, what has The Wire alum Tristan “Mack” Wilds been up to since (spoiler) he became a stick-up artist in the streets of Baltimore seven years ago? Starring in TV shows, releasing a disgustingly underrated R&B album as “Mack Wilds,” and, oh yeah, appearing in a music video that will probably break a VEVO record by nightfall.
The 26-year-old actor forever known to The Wire enthusiasts as “Michael Lee,” and to teens as “Dixon,” received some priceless exposure by playing Adele’s ex-boyfriend in “Hello,” the singer’s first video in several years. In sepia flashbacks seen from the winged-eyeliner eyes of Adele, Tristan plays the part of a good boyfriend before it all goes to hell and silly moments are turned to arguments in the rain while Adele wails about being sorry for breaking her ex’s heart. Dramatic.