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Omar Devone Little was not only a special character for fans of The Wire, he meant everything to Michael K. Williams.
Talking with GQ about his career for a video published Thursday, Williams said he had a hard time saying goodbye to the fan-favorite when the series ended in 2008.
“I get to have these characters show me parts of myself that I can fix or make better or get rid of or just take a look at, in particular with Omar,” Williams began. “He was fearless. He was outspoken. He didn’t care what anyone thought about him, except the ones he loved.”
He continued, “I was the complete polar opposite. I was frightened a lot of times growing up. I had very low self-esteem and a huge need to be accepted. The only thing that I knew I shared with Omar was his sensitivity, and his ability to love and his ability to love deep”
Williams, who currently stars in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, explained he was just about to walk away from show business when he booked The Wire. So, the character was special for a number of reasons.
“In a lot of ways, that character became my Superman suit,” Williams said. “I put Omar on and I just felt invincible.” And that is also the reason why Williams said it was a struggle when The Wire concluded.
“I don’t think I have ever had a relationship with a character in my career like I did with Omar,” he said. “When the show ended and it was time to put the cape away, that didn’t bode well with me. I had to find out what it’s like to release a character, to say goodbye to a job.”
Watch the entire GQ video below.
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