Michael K. Williams joined The Breakfast Club to discuss playing Ol’ Dirty Bastard in an upcoming film and talks about his infamous character Omar Little in HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire.
Getting too far into character:
“That was my problem with Omar. I crossed the line with that character and it’s like the lines got blurred. I have tools now. I know what I have to do to remove myself from a character. They don’t call it a craft for nothing. You got to open yourself up for energy, you got to receive these characters and these spirits if you will, and wear that.”
“People don’t really realize how dark the state of mind one must have been in to portray a character like Omar. I was in a real dark state of mind. I just identified with him on a lot of different levels. just the darkness of his mindset, not really caring about much. That kinda spilled over to my personal life… Only thing I wasn’t doing was robbing dudes and kissing dudes.”
Portraying ODB in the upcoming film Dirty White Boy.
“It’s only going to focus on the last two years of his life, when he was released from prison up until the day he died.”
Angela Yee says: “It feels like there’s so much more to Ol’ Dirty Bastard because the last two years of his life… were probably the worst years, I would say, of his life.”
Williams responds, “People don’t know why they were his worst years. There was some mental health issues. There was a lot of things that us in the public eye, us as his fan base, we didn’t know what he was going through right there in front of our face. A lot of things. It was just drugs. He struggled deeply with mental illness.”
“When he died, he was actually on the come up. He had a lot of hope for his life. He was getting his stuff together, caught up on all his child support, it was just unfortunate he had a little bit of that white girl in him and he had a pain in his leg and asked for a painkiller when he should have just taken an Aleve, somebody gave him some horse tranquilizer and it short circuited his heart. But it wasn’t like he was on a binge, dude was really excited about his future. His home life, what we don’t know is what I want to bring. I want to introduce Ason, or as Ms. Cherry calls him, Rusty.”
Watch Michael talk more about the film, how he’s preparing for the role and his production company’s new project Snow on Tha Bluff.