Sept. 25, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST
Sept. 25, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST
but id be careful who you talk to about 'hugging kids' there capone :-)
Sept. 25, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST
I actually shed a tear when he got shot on The Wire. GREAT show and Williams was fantastic. I gave up on Boardwalk Empire after a couple of episodes mainly because I thought Williams was being wasted.
Sept. 25, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST
...I wish he'd picked Michael K. Williams. I don't wholly dislike Jamie Foxxxxxxxxxxxxx, but Michael K. Williams is awesome, and he looks perfect for Django.
Sept. 25, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST
Omar's Shotgun needs to be in the Smithsonian, right along side Kermit the frog and Fonzie's jacket. Yo Omar comin'! BLAM!!!!!!!!!
Sept. 25, 2011, 5 p.m. CST
along with his box of Honey Nut Cheerios!
Sept. 25, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST
And yeah I would have loved MKW get cast as the lead in the Django, but I do trust QT's judgement and at least he's in the movie at all. Isn't Idris Elba in this as well?
Sept. 25, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST
I know Idris Elba really wanted the lead role, but for whatever reason, Quentin didn't choose him. I think he was dead set on the character being played by an American.
Sept. 25, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST
Yup. Those 3 things on a shelf in the Smithsonian would totally kick-ass. It'd be even more fun if they had no plaque or label, and people just had to guess who or what show they were associated with. People who watched the show would know immediately. Omar is about as fucking iconic as it comes.
Sept. 25, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST
Sept. 25, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
you know, sans eyeball
Sept. 25, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Great stuff Capone. I'm a real fan of MKW. Would have loved him (or Idris) in the Django role but oh well. I'm happy that at least he's in the movie. Great actor!
Sept. 25, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST
Still, can't wait to see him in everything he's doing. He is some kinda cool
Sept. 25, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST
Sept. 25, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST
by Thunderbolt Ross
I was cool with Jamie Foxx, he annoys in "Real life" but is good onscreen. Knowing that Williams had a shot at the role, I'm sensing an opportunity missed. I mean ... Fuck! I saw this guy once on my block. I fucking froze in my tracks. "Omar coming!" What a great portrayal of a great character. Iconic. I'd say #2 behind David Brent in the last decade, at least.
Sept. 25, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST
there are some scenes with omar that are downright hilarious im glad they are expanding chalky and im glad he is getting lots more work he is eminently watchable
Sept. 25, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST
cuz if you havent seen django...see it bloodiest western of all time
Sept. 26, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST
Just moved it to the top of my queue.
Sept. 26, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST
Sept. 26, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST
Sept. 26, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST
Because EVERYTHING about "The Wire" is fantastic. Every. Damn. Thing.
Sept. 26, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST
or his fantastic character, Omar. But personally I always felt the media and the Hollywood liberal types had a preference for the character of Omar because he was gay. It was as if being a homosexual somehow made him more relatable and perhaps more sympathetic than other players in "the game." Obviously it helped that Omar had a moral code and wasn't on the streets selling dope. And of course his being gay meant he was a target of bigotry from other guys in his line of business. Nonetheless I still think Omar's sexuality was a positive that certain folks were drawn to considering Hollywood's very sympathetic view (compared to most of America) of the gay community. And, no, I don't have a problem with Hollywood's stance because I share some of those same sentiments. But my point is that Williams, in my opinion, has gotten the benefit of being cast in a lot of roles because of the Hollywood community's adoration of Omar. Unfortunately Williams may not even have been amongst the top twenty actors on "The Wire". That's not necessarily a criticism considering how good that cast was, however it disappoints me that hardly anyone else of the cast has gotten the same opportunities as Williams. One particular person who should have been pulling in just as many offers is Chad Coleman who played Cutty Wise. Coleman can say more with a glance than Williams can say with an entire page of dialogue. But the dude rarely gets any interesting roles.
Sept. 26, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST
Chad Coleman is damn fine actor, but his character on The Wire had no sizzle. He was just the ex-con who liked the ladies and wanted to teach the kids to box. YAWN. That's a Disney Channe,l ABC Family Channel character, or an ABC News' "Person of the Week". Omar on the other hand was a gay black guy who wasn't played as a they typical gay fruitloop, in fact he was more of a Honey Nut Cheerio (*rimshot*), he carried a shotgun and would stick-up all the badass little drug dealers, all the while whistling The Farmer In the Dell. He scared the bejeezus out of everybody. He was a totally different kind of a chatracter. The kind rarely seen or played seriously on television or in film. That stuff alone is enough to make that character stand out. Having a great actor in the role, that's just icing on the cake. That's the difference.
Sept. 26, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST
This was Williams' breakout role. And he got a lot of attention and traction from it. Chad Coleman just hasn't had his yet evidently. Richie was supposed to be the big star on Happy Days, but who got all of the attention? Fonzie. Urkel was almost a throw away character on Family Matters, but guess who made the show? It happens. Don't hate da playa hate da game.
Sept. 26, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST
...The scene where the Bunk is talking to Omar on the bench, and you can see he actually gets to him. Best scene in the series, and best acting showcase in a series full of fantastic performances. Believe.
Sept. 26, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST
They paid a great actor to do nothing.
Sept. 26, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST
I disagree with just about every sentence of your post, except for acknowledging that Chad Coleman did an exceptional job as a memorable character. I don't think MKW's opportunities came about because just because he played a gay character, and that made him more relatable. I think his opportunities are a result of his acting skills and his professional attitude (there is no prima donnaism with him). And the gay aspect of his character did add another tier to his badassery. It's one thing to play a gay character on South Beach, but a gay guy in the black, ghetto community is enough for a death sentence in and of itself, let alone a gay guy who steals from drug dealers and survives makes him a total badass. I just really disagree that this is some kind of vast left-wing conspiracy.
Sept. 26, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST
Sept. 26, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST
...because, while I love me some Idris Elba, if he had gotten the main role and MKW still got a role written for him, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to watch any scenes with those two without thinking "Holy shit, Stringer and Omar!" the entire time.
Sept. 26, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST
will be fuckin sweet, ya feel me
Sept. 26, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST
I’m not claiming and left-wing conspiracies nor am I saying Williams doesn’t have talent. But with all the great actors on the show it made no sense to me that Williams for a time was the only one from the jump getting offers to appear in other major productions. Worst of all when he kept popping up in things such as the series “Six Degrees” and “The Philanthropist” I wasn’t impressed with his work at all. Even his first season in “Boardwalk” left me indifferent because I felt he was essentially playing Omar all over again…just with better clothing. Jethro, you call him a “great” actor. I see him more like a good, developing actor who happened to have been given a great character to play. Your examples of previous shows in which certain characters unexpectedly became iconic is well and good. But I could say the same about Mr. T in “The A-Team”. But I pity the fool (couldn’t resist) who thinks Mr. T was a great actor. Freebeer, you are in the minority when discussing that Omar-Bunk scene because virtually every post I come across about that moment showered praise on Wendell Pierce (justifiably so). Not Michael Williams. Speaking of Pierce he is one who should have been more sought out from his work on “The Wire”, yet it is Michael Williams who gets to become the next Sam Jackson (in terms of being ubiquitous over the last few years) ? But then again Pierce brought years of theater training to his part. Williams brought his scar and his ‘authenticity” for lack of a better word. I put Pierce above Williams in terms of acting based upon other roles the two of them have played. I can say the same for guys like Coleman, Frankie Faison, Dominic West, Clarke Peters, John Doman, Andre Royo, Isiah Whitlock, Chris Bauer, Reg E. Cathey and Robert Wisdon, all of whom are stage trained. Then there are guys like Larry Gillard, Wood Harris, Idris Elba, Jim True-Frost, Jamie Hector and Michael B. Jordan who are< IMO< more naturally gifted actors capable of displaying wider ranges. Fuck, the guy who played Chris Partlow (Gbenga Akinnagbe), is pretty much different in everything he does, unlike Williams. And don’t get me started on Amy Ryan but at least she is getting work that her talent warrants. And of course I’m forgetting others who I could argue are better actors than Williams. Interesting enough the one other actor from the show whom I thought got unwarranted hype from the masses was the actor that Williams is personally responsible for bringing to the show: Felicia Pearson. Felicia was pretty much playing herself as Snoop and yet people kept raving about her despite her limitations and inexperience. The only reason why she didn’t get all the offers that Williams did is 1)Hollywood doesn’t have too many roles for women who look like that and 2)she couldn’t keep her ass out of trouble. Look, I’m happy for Williams. I really am. It just simply amazes me that the other actors I listed (with a few exceptions) have had a harder time getting the opportunities he has, especially considering they seem to be better at their craft than he is. I mean throwing around the word “great” when describing his acting ability is a bit much. I save that for someone like Giancarlo Esposito, not Michael K. Williams. No doubt. :)
Sept. 26, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST
You're letting semantics get in the way of your argument. And Mr. T was on everyone's radar screen before The "A" Team. That was just his first steady acting gig. Anyway, I get it, you're hoping for ensemble success for everyone on The Wire. But in this world not everyone gets to be Elvis and rock people's faces off, some get to be his twin brother Jesse and die at birth. I'm finished here.
Sept. 26, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST
But if I was to compare the amount of work, the higher profile roles and staring roles. I think Idra Elba clearly has MKW beat. But that might be start to even out soon. As far as Snoop...I know of folks liking (if that is the correct term) but pretty much everyone I know don't think she is a great actor cause she is pretty much playing a variation of herself.
Sept. 26, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST
...who I really hope starts getting some roles soon: the dude who played Bodie. I realize I could look up the actor's name, but no one would know who I was talking about anyway. Bodie was freaking awesome, easily one of the best characters in the show from start to finish. And on another note, it pains me every freaking time I see a commercial for 90210 and see Michael on there. Dude went from starring in the greatest season of television ever to being the token black character on a reboot of 90210. That dude deserves better.
Sept. 27, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST
It can be seen here. http://youtu.be/zo5eXKGODIo Poor Bodie