1 September 2012 12:39 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

"I run this area." The claim sounds so natural coming out of Michael K. Williams’s mouth, almost to the point of self-parody. The 45-year-old Brooklyn native is best known for his portrayal of Omar Little, on The Wire, a series that wasn’t so much adored as it was studied, memorized, and proselytized on behalf of. Over five seasons, Omar became one of the most absorbing characters in TV history, a code-driven gang of one known for his novel income-redistribution schemes (he robbed drug dealers.) and unlikely affinities (he was gay.). So when you hear Williams assert ownership over a patch of the city, you believe him. You’re just surprised that “this area” is Williamsburg. When I point out the seeming incongruity of seeing Omar at East River State Park, with its luxury condos and weekend artisanal-food fair, he frowns. “Yeah. This is Mike. Mike livin’ his life. »

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