Michael Clarke Duncan, the star of such motion pictures as The Green Mile, Armageddon, and Daredevil, sadly passed away on Monday. Numerous celebrities and actors have taken to various outlets to express their sadness over the Duncan’s death including filmmaker Frank Darabont, who helped the actor achieve mainstream success with The Green Mile.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Darabont said that Duncan was “one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls — an exemplar of decency, integrity and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.”
Wikipedia states that Duncan, who previously worked as a bodyguard for Notorious B.I.G. until the rapper’s death in 1997, landed his role in The Green Mile with the assistance of Armageddon co-star Bruce Willis. The part in this critically-acclaimed drama would ultimately help propel the sizable actor into stardom.
Darabont explained that their time together was something truly special:
“Our experience making The Green Mile together was immersive and incredible, a once-in-a-lifetime journey. What sticks most in my mind was his devotion to his craftand the strides he made as an artist during that time, which was beyond inspiring to those of us who took the journey with him. Never has an actor more richly deserved the recognition of an Academy Award nomination than Michael did for his performance as John Coffey.”
Fortunately for fans of Michael Clarke Duncan, the actor still has a few films that have yet to be released. In addition to writer-director Kent Morgan’s upcoming drama The Challenger, Duncan can be seen in the 2012 adventure The Loud: Around the Time and filmmaker Robert Townsend’s In the Hive with Loretta Devine and Vivica A. Fox.
“Michael has left us far, far too soon,” Darabont explained. “We lost a great man and a great spirit today. My thoughts and condolences go out to his fiancée, Omarosa, and to his family.”
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