Interview: Michael K. Williams

By RYAN STEWART  |  September 14, 2010

At the same time, in other aspects, it didn’t feel good, because I truly believe that violence only begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. It doesn’t solve anything. I’m not there mentally. I thank God that I didn’t have to deal with what my ancestors had to deal with at that time. I can only imagine. I’m grateful that, whatever went on, we’re in a new day now, at least to that aspect where it’s not that blatant. People are given chances to be human beings. I tend to keep on the positive, but you can’t forget. You forgive, but you don’t forget.

This isn’t your first gig since The Wire, but it’s probably your biggest one. Were you worried about following up The Wire?
No, if I go there, I’ll drive myself crazy. My only job was to make sure there was no Omar in Chalky. You could easily slip into that, because they both have their code that they live by. They share that in common. But they’re two totally separate people. I wanted that to come across: this is by no means Omar, and establishing that was my main focus.

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