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How Playing Omar on ‘The Wire’ Changed Michael K. Williams’ Life

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One of the best-loved HBO series of the aughts, The Wire took a long, hard look at life in the city of Baltimore through the eyes of a number of gritty, unforgettable characters. Maybe the most memorable one was street bandit Omar Little—a sort of drug dealer Robin Hood—played by the scar-faced-in-real-life Michael K. Williams. (He apparently got the part after just one audition.) Watch the actor discuss his iconic role on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and how playing Omar changed his life.