Resurfaced clip of Michael K Williams and Anthony Bourdain reminds us we've lost two icons
'Michael K. Williams and Anthony Bourdain, name a more iconic duo'
Since the news broke on Monday of Michael K. Williams' death, fans have been reminiscing about some of his iconic roles. But one television appearance, in particular, has struck a chord - when he and the late Anthony Bourdain strolled the streets of Brooklyn.
The two appeared together on the last episode of Bourdain's No Reservations in 2012. Bourdain took his own life in 2018, leaving the world of food and travel reeling, so his episode with Williams in which the two wander around the actor's beloved Brooklyn neighbourhood now has added meaning and emotion.
One clip, shared widely on Twitter, from the episode, gave many the feels. It shows the pair bonding over Caribbean food and the start of a blossoming bromance.
There's just an infectious mood throughout.
— James Crugnale (@jamescrugnale) September 7, 2021
Williams' unashamed love for his neighbourhood stood out for fans, with one describing the episode as a "mutual lovefest between a man and the people of a city".
Loved the No Reservations where Bourdain and Michael K. Williams are wandering Brooklyn, MKW knows everyone, they know him, a mutual lovefest between a man and the people of a city, they pick a random restaurant and run into Marlo https://t.co/0MMrklHHF4
— John Frankensteiner (@JFrankensteiner) September 6, 2021
one of my absolute favorite episodes of no reservations was when bourdain met up with michael k williams in brooklyn and literally EVERYONE just knew michael. this episode is gonna hit so different now. pic.twitter.com/xkvxMoFu9X
— ♡ kiran ♡ (@_veryspicy) September 6, 2021
In 2018, The Wire star went on The Late Show and discussed the now-iconic episode. He said that Bourdain had been "down" to visit the Flatbush area instead of the "bougie Williamsburg" and was completely gracious to everyone they met. Williams told host Stephen Colbert that Bourdain was "my kind of guy".
You can see the full clip below.
As well as watching Williams many films and TV shows featuring on streaming platforms, we'd recommend also watching Bourdain's Parts Unkown series on Netflix - it was the last show he filmed before he passed and his deep connection to food and its surrounding culture is as compelling as ever.
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