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The first time casting director Alexa Fogel saw actor Michael K. Wiliams, he was auditioning for a small role in the HBO drama “Oz.” He did not get the part.

But his image stuck with her. And years later, when she began casting a new HBO show, “The Wire,” Fogel found herself thinking of him, recalling the actor with the long scar running down his face, the remnants of a razor blade attack. She had made a note of it.

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