Playing Omar On “The Wire” Changed Michael K. Williams’ Life


>>Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME
MICHAEL K WILLIAMS.>>Stephen: THANKS FOR BEING
HERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE ARE VERY
EXCITED THAT YOU ARE HERE AM HUGE FANS IN THIS BUILDING. OBVIOUSLY EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU AS
OMAR FROM “THE WOIR,” CHALKEE WHITE FROM “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”
BUT YOU HAVE SO MUCH, THE NEW SHOW “BLACK MARKET.” ARE YOU IN “THE NIGHT OF” YOU
ARE IN THE NEW “GHOSTBUSTERS” MOVIE THIS FRIDAY. ARE YOU IN “ASSASSINS CREED”
COMING THIS DECEMBER. WHAT.>>I ALSO WORK PART TIME IN
ACCOUNTING IN HHBO. I DO A LITTLE, I DO SOME
PROMOTIONS FOR THEM DO I IT ALL.>>Stephen: YOU ARE ONE OF THE
BUSIEST GUESTS I’VE EVER HAD ON HERE.>>ACTUALLYK I’VE BEEN BLESSED. YOU GOT TO STRIKE IT WHILE IT’S
HOT.>>Stephen: PLAYING OMAR, WERE
YOU SORT OF, FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THE BREAKOUT CHARACTER OF WHAT
IS ALREADY A TREMENDOUS SHOW. DID THAT CHANGE YOUR LIFE PLAY
OG MAR.>>IT DID. IT PUT ME ON THE RADAR A LITTLE
BIT. MY BREAKOUT ROLE, DEFINITELY, IT
CHANGED MY LIFE. BUT ON A PERSONAL LEVEL IT KIND
OF GREW ME UP. I QUAIT MY YEARS WITH THE TIMES
ON THE WIRE LOOK MY COLLEGE YEARS.>>I LEARNED REALLY THE BUSINESS
FROM, FINANCIALLY HOW TO MANAGE MY MONEY BETTER, HOW TO, YOU
KNOW, HOW TO RIDE A CHARACTER OUT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. NORMALLY, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD
JUST BE IN AND OUT GUEST APPEARANCE HERE, BACK TO THE
DRAWING BOARD. BUT OMAR GOT ALL THIS– THESE
FIVE YEARS TO BUILD.>>Stephen: YOU GOT TO DEVELOP
THE CHARACTER.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: WAS IT HARD TO LET
HIM GO WHEN THAT WAS OVER.>>MAN, I– YEAH, IF ANYBODY
KNOWS MY STORY, HI A LITTLE BIT– I HAD A BREAK. UP UNTIL THE WIRE, YOU KNOW,
REGULAR KID ON THE STREET.>>Stephen: WERE YOU A
PERFORMER BEFORE THAT.>>YEAH, YOU KNOW, BACKGROUND
DANCE, DO MY LITTLE STUFF.>>Stephen: BACKGROUND DANCER. WHO FOR.>>I BACKGROUND DANCE FOR
COUNTRIES KAL– CRYSTAL WATER, MISTY ELLIOTT, JUST TO NAME A
FEW. I USED TO BOOB QUEE BACK IF THE
DAY. BUT YOU KNOW, THE CHARACTER OF
OMAR THRUSTED ME INTO THE LIMELIGHT AND YOU KNOW, I
WAS– I HAD A VERY LOW SELF-ESTEEM GROWING UP, HIGH
NEED TO BE ACCEPTED. CORNY KID, IN PROT JECTS. AND SO ALL OF A SUDDEN OMAR GOT,
YOU KNOW, I’M LIKE, YOU KNOW, GETSING THE RESPECT, YOU KNOW,
FROM PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE PROBABLY TOOK MY LUNCH MONEY AS
A KID. SO IT KIND OF– .>>Stephen: DID YOU START TO
AK LIKE OMAR. DID YOU WANT TO BE OMAR IN
ANYWAY.>>I COULDN’T BE OMAR. I DIDN’T HAVE THE BALLS. THAT DUDE HAD, YOU KNOW, BUT YOU
KNOW, I WORE THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU GOT SEVEN OUT OF TEN PEOPLE
CALLING YOU OMAR WITH ALL THIS LIKE ADMIRATION.>>Stephen: LIKE PEOPLE ON THE
STREET WOULD CALL YOU OMAR.>>THE LINES GOT BLURRED. THE LINES OF REALITY GOT
BLURRED.>>I KNOW, PEOPLE CALL ME STEF
BE COLBERT ALL THE TIME.>>I WANT TO BE STEPHEN COLBERT.>>Stephen: I KIND OF WANT TO
BE OMAR.

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