Actor Michael K. Williams dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to discuss his role in the second season of the SundanceTV television series Hap and Leonard. Williams used his time on camera to chat about his current role on the show and reminisce about his most famous part as Omar on HBO’s The Wire.
Williams was greeted with enthusiasm by Meyers, who revealed that Williams, who previously appeared on the late night show in 2016, is one of the writing staff’s favorite guests. The two discussed Williams’ childhood connections with 30 Rockefeller Plaza. A native of Brooklyn, he disclosed that would often travel to Manhattan to see the Rockettes next door. After guesting on Late Night in 2016, he was finally able to go on the roof of the skyscraper and see the building’s famous panorama of New York City.
Williams also talked about Omar, a cult favorite among TV aficionados. He revealed that he was an inexperienced actor when he began playing Omar in 2002. He credited writer David Simon with teaching him how to deliver his lines convincingly and acknowledged that much of the dialogue given to him was influenced by Shakespeare and was more stylized than typical Baltimore slang.
He also chatted about his current role as volatile Vietnam vet Leonard Pine on Hap and Leonard, recounting a funny story of accidentally booking a room next door to co-star James Purefoy. He also announced that his nephew Dominic Dupont, recently released from Riker’s Island after serving 20 years for murder, has become his personal assistant.