Posted by Mark Bridge On September - 4 - 2012 0 Comment

It was Monday and I was about to start recording my podcast when a I saw on the internet that Michael Clarke Duncan passed away earlier that day.  I had the same feeling of disbelief that I had when Tony Scott passed.  Duncan died of complications that he suffered from a heart attack.  He was 54.

I remember seeing for the first time in Michael Bay’s Armageddon.  That was his first time in a big film.  According to Bay, he wasn’t quite good on his first day.  Actually, he said he sucked and was contemplating firing him.  But he spoke to Duncan and told him “Mike, I hired you for you, I want the sweet, Mr Clarke Duncan I met in that room, the audience is going to fall in love with you”.  And the results were apparent on screen as we did fall for his character, Bear.

His breakout role however, was in The Green Mile which garnered him an Oscar nomination.  He played John Coffey, an inmate with special abilities to take away sickness.  His other notable role would be The Kingpin, the villain of Daredevil.  I would say he was one of the great things about that film.   He appeared in other films such as, The Whole Nine Yards, Brother Bear, Planet of the Apes, Sin City and Street Fighter:The Legend of Chun-Li.

I remember seeing him at San Diego Comic Con just embracing all his fans and sharing his enthusiasm for the geek culture.  When I saw that, I knew he deserved the fandom he got throughout his career.  My heart goes out to his loved ones and may he rest in peace.

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