In an interview with The New Jersey Star Ledger, Williams says he would go on days-long drug binges after becoming addicted in 2004. "I was playing with fire," Williams said. "It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I don't know how I didn't end up in a body bag."
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Williams, who played the gay, shotgun-wielding stick-up boy Omar Little on the acclaimed HBO drama, said his struggle with addiction became even harder when people on the street began to respond to his fictional alter ego. "Eventually, I got so sick and tired of this charade," he said. "No one who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was allowing me to get high. I had to slip away to do drugs. I had to hide it. I'd be gone for days at a time. I was lonely in that part of my life. I was broke, broken and beat up. Exhausted. Empty."
Now, Williams, who currently stars as Chalky White on HBO's Boardwalk Empire says he's been able to bury Omar — and the habits from that time of his life — for good. "I finally said, 'I can't do this no more.' I didn't want to end up dead," he said. "In the end, I was more comfortable with Omar's skin than my own. That was a problem... I had to stop trying to be Omar and just be Mike."