Resurfaced Clip Of Michael K. Williams' 'The Wire' Co-Star Singing His Praises Goes Viral After His Death
After the sudden and unexpected passing of actor Michael K. Williams, a resurfaced interview Wendell Pierce gave praising Williams' talent and skill has gone viral.
Both actors famous for their roles in the series The Wire were interviewed in 2014 by "We Got This Covered" during PaleyFest.
The clip has been watched millions of times on Twitter alone.
Wendell Pierce on Michael K Williams as Omar Little and Chalky White: https://t.co/frxcUW0HbY— Aneesh Ramaswamy (@Aneesh Ramaswamy) 1630965235.0
In the clip, Pierce compliments Williams' portrayal of Omar Little on The Wire. The character was a standout for the early to mid-2000s series, as Omar was a complex character, being a gay thief and killer, ruthless but honorable with his own code.
He could be hard, or tender, good or bad, and it all flowed off Williams like it was the most natural thing in the world.
Pierce praised Williams saying:
"What we are actually getting to witness... one of the great American actors giving voice and giving flesh to characters most people would not have given the same humanity to."
"...It was an honor for me to even share the screen with him."
The whole clip is just a beautiful dedication to the late actor.
Amazing words from Wendell Pierce "OMAR COMING" R.I.P Micheal K Williams #MichaelKWilliams 🕊️🙏🏾 https://t.co/iHLt5umWzI— Nkosinathi Zungu (@Nkosinathi Zungu) 1631074749.0
That came deep from the soul. No recycled phrases or nothing, just pure admiration and praise https://t.co/JBFLy468VZ— Itachi’s twin cousin (@Itachi’s twin cousin) 1631040950.0
@RexChapman @WendellPierce Something about once someone passes away and you see these clips of them and suddenly th… https://t.co/4uBRlS3YNH— Everybody Luv Tiff (@Everybody Luv Tiff) 1630981435.0
Many others have also shared their own tribute to the late, great Williams.
Another actor on The Wire, Tray Chaney, shared a photo of himself with Williams and said he had "no words" for how it made him feel.
Director Ava DuVernay, who worked with Williams in the miniseries When They See Us, shared some memories:
"I remember nights out in NYC that summer and how you were so loved by the folks in your city. I remember our work on the work, always connected and communicating and excavating and building because you were so open and ready to give your all."
"I remember you sending me a picture of yourself as a young man and sharing with me that the boys whose story we were telling were a reflection of you - and we were going to get it right."
"...Maya Angelou once said, your legacy lives on in every life you touch. You, brother, touched many."
As the week continues, the tributes come pouring in.
@RexChapman @WendellPierce That right there is what you call a living eulogy. What an amazing tribute that I am so… https://t.co/IEYSxfHYZR— PaulCat (@PaulCat) 1630981098.0
@TheRoot Perhaps the only actor of recent times where I'd watch something just cos he was in it, without even reading a summary.— Old Git (@Old Git) 1631033684.0
@RexChapman @WendellPierce What I love is that he basically gave this beautiful tribute to his face, in that moment… https://t.co/mJsGls3f9p— Johanna Barraza-Cannon (@Johanna Barraza-Cannon) 1631017753.0
In addition to Pierce's resurfaced words for the late actor, he also typed up a stirring tribute after learning of Williams' passing.
In a series of tweets, Pierce once again recalled the late actor's talent and humanity.
"The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth."
His words touched the hearts of many.
@CharlesPPierce @RexChapman @WendellPierce Met @WendellPierce at my friend's B&B in NOLA. After chatting a bit, my… https://t.co/bCnXNfGAAS— Gayle Choojitarom (@Gayle Choojitarom) 1630994125.0
@NaturalParadigm @RexChapman @WendellPierce Kudos to you for being proud of your cousin. @WendellPierce is a class… https://t.co/Y17RRF741f— BSusan (@BSusan) 1630999216.0
Wow. The adoration that Wendell Pierce has for Michael K. Williams can be seen in his eyes and heard in the eloquen… https://t.co/BCAb4O5lRD— Ben Cogan (@Ben Cogan) 1630996637.0
Listening to Wendell Pierce describe Michael K Williams talent just brought me to tears. I barely knew Michael more… https://t.co/KQhtJqUxSm— Dante Ross (@Dante Ross) 1631072759.0
Williams also starred as gangster Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire and Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country.
He earned five Emmy nominations in his career.
Williams was found dead in his Brooklen apartment on Monday. At this time, no cause of death has been announced.