An Interview with The Wire‘s Omar


Michael Kenneth Williams, the actor who played Omar on the highly-praised HBO series The Wire, is interviewed on Mother Jones. The show is often described as “the greatest television show ever made,” and Williams offers his perspective on why the show has been so successful.

“You can go anywhere in the world and you can find a version of The Wire. Social injustice, the breakdown of the system, those issues are universal, and David [Simon] and Ed [Burns], man, the way they put the pen to the paper, it made it very digestible and very compatible to any race, to any genre, any age bracket, it didn’t matter. If you’ve ever felt oppressed on any level, there’s something from The Wire that you can take and identify with.”

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