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Michael Clarke Duncan is gone...

I first met Michael Clarke Duncan on the set of Michael Bay's ARMAGEDDON, which was shooting at NASA in Houston.  His massive frame was contained in that rather magnificent space suit.   As it happened, I was a huge fan of Stephen King's THE GREEN MILE serial story.   When I had a chance to meet Michael and he opened his mouth and out came that voice...   Deep resonant tones filled with kindness and the soul of an angel  on Earth.  That was the thing, I've met Michael many times.  His mother once gave me a hug because of my very vocal and loud campaign to make sure that Michael Clarke Duncan played John Coffey.   The role he was born to play.   But in the 6 or 7 times I've had the great fortune of meeting Michael, I was always taken with his spirit.   When we spoke, I was entranced.   His eyes smiled and when he laughed, you had to join in.   That his heart gave out, it's a tragedy.   But if you knew Michael only a bit, it is what you came away with.   He was a great spirit.   One of the sweetest humans I've gotten to meet.   I didn't love every movie he was in, nor did I love him in everything he did.  But I always looked forward to his next work.   I love him so much in THE GREEN MILE.  There are few times that we have a perfect physical translation from fiction to screen, but Michael Clarke Duncan, walking on apple boxes down the green mile on that old Warner's Hollywood set.   Dwarfing Hanks and David Morse...  and both of those guys are tall.   We've lost a great guy today.   This is a really terrible day.  My heart goes out to all who were blessed to know him and love him.   

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  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Is this Harry?


    I love when a memorial post starts with 'I first met...' you self centered dope- always making everything about YOU

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Slammin salmon in heaven now

    by Ld

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Terrible loss!

    by rapscallion86

    This guy was the perfect gentle giant. Helluva actor too!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Fucking sucks.

    by Eric

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by Michael

    Yeah, this is shocking. Loved him in Green Mile, and as someone already noted, his Kingpin was probably the best thing about Daredevil. Seemed like a good guy, too. 54 is WAY too young. RIP

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by Trevor Leatham

    That's terrible. You'll be missed. I'm sad that I'll never get the chance to work with you Mikey.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    So sad, Rest in peace MCD

    by Ruben

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    this is more about you than him. fucking sad.


    I first met Michael Clarke Duncan on the set of ... I was a huge fan of Stephen King's THE GREEN MILE... When I had a chance to meet Michael and he opened his mouth... I've met Michael many times. His mother once gave me a hug in the 6 or 7 times I've had the great fortune of meeting Michael, I was always taken with his spirit. When we spoke, I was entranced. One of the sweetest humans I've gotten to meet. I didn't love every movie he was in, nor did I love him in everything he did. But I always looked forward to his next work. I love him so much in THE GREEN MILE. ---i barely had to delete anything.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Let's just focus on the loss of a great actor.

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    And not turn this into another Harry bash, ok? That being said, he can stick his Dark Knight review up his ass. Loved it.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    sorry, true, let's keep it about MCD


    but damn it this rubs me wrong. this reminds me of when i lived in savannah and they local news would always try to spin national and global news with some tenuous local connection. it came off so selfish and arrogant.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    This has to be you, Harry.

    by Franck

    Harry, I like you and all, otherwise I wouldn't be on this site. But do you realize that once again somebody dies,and your hommage reads like a tribute to yourself? Seriously Harry, I just don't understand why you seem compelled to think that even a eulogy needs to be about you more than the person who dies, Before anything else, you are a journalist, at least I'd like to think so, there is nothing wrong with a quick anecdote, but over and over again it's about you, not about MCD. I just don't get it, sincerely.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I did not see this one coming...

    by emeraldboy

    was he ill...

  • like flynn-lives says...I don't know if you know you do it, but it comes off a little self centered mate. i could have called you worse than 'dope' if i hated you but i was just trying to slap a friend on the back of the head. that said, i'm sure you are hurt and mournful about MCD today since you met him and all. i wish more of us had the chance. he was a great character, and a good actor.

  • The other day I'm spending the day watching tv and movies and I run across Duncan in Sin City and in Talledega Nights. Didn't think about it much, other than this person, like so many others, was a kind of hovering presence in so many great pieces of entertainment that I frequent. Not he is suddenly removed from life and though I never knew this person, never thought much about them, I am confronted by the fact that this person had an impact on my life, however fleeting or small. Life is like that; we are all integral parts of each others life, and most of the time we don't notice what we do for one another. RIP Duncan and hopes and wishes for those he lives behind.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    This isn't cool news

    by James farler

    He WAS John Coffey, he made a great Kingpin despite all the negativity that surrounded the casting. He even made Armageddon watchable. RIP big guy :(

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Look...I don't defend EVERYTHING Harry writes.

    by MCVamp

    But it's AICN, not CNN. From day 1 everything Harry's EVER written about is filtered through his eyes. The friggin site is named after a quote from the GODAWFUL "Broken Arrow," but since Harry liked the movie and liked that part, here we are, and obviously here YOU are. Want hard news? Go to a hard news site. If you come here, EVERY posting goes through the personal filter of the particular author. It's like the "master" comment for each board, and the subsequent comments are just as full of shit as anything, present company and self included.

  • I can't remember the last movie related being to pull that off ...

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    A great loss

    by Sean1701

    He made the Green Mile as good as it was. If we couldn't believe his fears & hopes, that movie would have been reduced to Lifetime movies quality. Instead, we got Oscar caliber. Godspeed Papa Bear

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    He was funny in Slammin Salmon.

    by DarthBlart

    Rest in Peace.

  • RIP John Coffey.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    time to see what MCD's I can netflix tonight..


    I imagine many of you will be doing the same. good night

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I came here to mention The Slammin Salmon, too

    by zillabeast

    Funny as hell. Love that movie.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    sad news

    by Matthew

    I have no problem with this article. What better way to celebrate MCD life than with a brief story about how you meet the man and was cool. I think they do that at funerals, a euology, like hey the first time I met such and he was a great guy. Wouldn't mind hearing more personal stories makes it more well personal. Everyone knows MCD was in what movies and a great actor, but a personal story adds to the human element to remember the man not the person he pretended to be on film

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    horrible news

    by Hercules

    loved this guy

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    leave harry alone

    by Matthew

    I disagree with his Dark Knight Rises review but the guy did start this website we are on and has health issues of his own, but I understand it is fun to talk trash, not certain if it is just trash talk or real hate sometimes

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Of course it's Harry

    by The Funketeer

    And I knew as soon as I heard the news that Harry would try to remind us how instrumental he was in getting Duncan that role in Green Mile. This thing's been online for more than 10 years. You'd think in that time you'd at least make a little bit of an effort to learn how to write an obit because inserting yourself into someone else's is just disrespectful.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I think off all the years I have posted on Aicn

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    this is the saddest passing I have read about. Huge loss for the world of acting.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    First, folks...

    by Lobanhaki2

    ...those who blast Harry Knowles for personalizing his movie experiences miss the entire fucking point of his site. It's about the personal, rather than professional experience of movies. Harry isn't being an egotist, he's sort of doing a gonzo alternative on the usual faux-objective movie review approach, where the reviewer pretends that what they're doing is objective, when it's anything but. Movies for him are an intrical part of his life; he's a geek. He's a person who loves movies, loves being involved with them, measures his life with them. I remember there was a point in my life where I could tell you what date it was simply because I knew the date movies were coming out by heart. Movies were what helped me become and stay human, after all the crap I went through in my life. Plus, I'll let you in on a little secret: some people, through no fault of their own are un-self-consciously solitary, and so they process things in terms of their own personal experience, rather than talking about others. It may be off-putting to some, but in their cases, it's not an attempt to be rude, or self-aggrandizing. This is a guy whose picture at the corner is constantly getting killed in different ways. Problem is, too many people are trying to force Harry Knowles to be like them, and the irony is, Harry is less co-opted by the big machine in many ways than they are. If you watched Frontline's The Merchants of Cool, or studied how focused group today's popular culture is, you'd understand that things are pretty much like they are in the Matrix. The folks in Zion are simply under another system of control. The only real place to be a free man or woman is between your ears and behind your eyes. That said, I'm real sorry to see Michael Clarke Duncan go. I'll tell you a story that'll illustrate my connection to him. No, I didn't know him personally. It starts off with this plain fact: I don't typically cry during sad parts in movies. I'm always a bit emotionally set back, so although I feel sad, I don't typically need a single hanky for a three hanky movie. It was that last scene in the Green Mile he had, where he basically tells Tom Hank's character that he wants to die. That was the first scene that ever made me cry watching a movie. There have been others since then, including that scene in Children of Men where Clive Owen and that woman are bringing out that baby from the building, and the fighting stops. But it was Michael Clarke Duncan's performance that first broke throught to me in that way. Film experience is, and should be personal, as it is collective at the same time. It is one of the few places where we are allowed to unleash our emotions and our imaginations freely, and Duncan's performances have been a guide to many of those experiences for many of us here. May he rest in peace, and we all have the good fortune to meet him again when everything is said and done.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    If that was you, Harry, then good on you!!

    by MovieDeal

    Our remembrances on ANY one person or thing (movies) comes down to our own experiences. This man was AWESOME to the roles he played. To all of us movie loving fans, it was a gift. A gift that can never be erased. The shock of his death will remain with us. But, the thoughts AND his work will always be there for us to live and live again. Godspeed, Mr. Duncan. I think you already knew how much you meant to us film fans. We only lament how much more we could have enjoyed any future work you could have given us. Thank you!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    He stole the Slammin' Salmon.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    What a terrible loss for the entertainment world. Definitely one of the coolest actors out there.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    The Phantom Contributer.

    by jimbojones123


  • Sept. 3, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I didn't like him as the Kingpin, but I still wanted him back...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ....if Frank Darabont had directed him as the Kingpin, Michael Clarke Duncan would be Heath Ledger right now. Truly great performer who didn't get enough chances to shine. RIP

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Leo in The Finder was great. Always played from a warm and genuine dude.

    by jimbojones123

    Huge loss.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Man, this sucks. Wow. Deep breath. What can I say? My heart breaks for his family and friends. From the tributes I've read it's clear that he was a man who was loved by all because of the love that generated from him. And that certainly came across in his work on screen. Thank you Mr. Duncan for sharing your gifts with us. I am a fan of your work. May God bless your soul and provide comfort to your loved ones. RIP.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    He always...

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    drew your attention to him in whatever role he played, even if he was just in the background. When he spoke, you couldn't help but be mesmerized by that voice.. RIP Mr. Duncan, know that you will be missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    A moment for Michael Clarke Duncan. RIP.

    by sways

    This news stopped me in my tracks and made me sad. He seemed like a soulful man. We have been robbed. <p> (zombot - and those who followed suit - shame on you)

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    This has been a lethal summer for celebrities

    by Green

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I don't usually tear up but today I did! RIP MCD You will be missed!!!

    by Professor_Bedlam

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Goddammit, man.

    by Terrence

    He was awesome. Always good natured and seriously poked fun at the roles he always was in. RIP.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    A great actor, and a Great man.

    by Levi Tinker

    He was one of the first Actors I met, when I moved here and started working at The theatre back in 2002, always very friendly and a pleasure to talk to at different premieres and events over the years. A great loss for movies.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Saddened by this news.

    by Teddy Artery

    I really liked this fellow. I understand he had a (second) heart attack. What a shame.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by fatdaddybaker

    I'm not the most emotional person, but I actually wept openly when I found out he passed away. My best wishes to his family and friends. Take comfort in knowing that he left us with some amazing work and will be remembered fondly by millions.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8 p.m. CST


    by vosborne951

    Nothing to say...RIP Mr. Duncan...your talent and self will be missed tremendously...

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Death.

    by Lakewater

  • And RIP, Mr. Duncan. You brought charisma and a undeniable charm to all your roles. You will be missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    My heart broke when I heard this...

    by Chris Moody

    ...because Michael Clarke Duncan was a class act. He will be missed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    And, yes, I am still waiting for the Neil Armstrong obit too...

    by Chris Moody

    ...since the moon walk had a greater percentage of total television viewers watching it than any other event in human history.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    The bike he rode must have been huge.

    by Albert Herbert

    Roids... Arnie - Heart Surgery Zyzz - Heart Attack Michael Clarke Duncan - Heart Attack Hmmmm...

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Man, what a bummer.

    by ChesterCopperpot

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Michael Clarke Duncan and Andy Whitfield

    by TheEdge

    These guys left this world way too soon, while that Overgrown Man-Child Piece of Shit Charlie Sheen will live to be a 100 years old! RIP Michael...Safe Journey Brother!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    OF-FUCKING-COURSE the fat fuck made it about himself

    by Ricardo

    Piece of shit, Harry!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    I don't know what you cunts are reading

    by malificus

    but this piece seems very kind and heartfelt. I guess when your soul is a withered, blackened little tube steak you'll knock anything and everything no matter how inappropriate or ill-considered. It's a miracle anyone shares anything of worth of themselves in this environment. The family should take some comfort that a life well-lived is not to be mourned but celebrated.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by uncaandy

    Why has everyone forgot His great supporting turn as Frankie Figgs in The Whole Nine Yards. A wonderful supporting player,who,despite His size always seemed to fit the roles He found Himself in

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    It is amazing

    by Extr3m1st

    Like someone said about that Sheen and his 1 billion dollar drug habit keeps rolling along while others die all around him. Some guys are just blessed with longevity. MDC RIP..

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    God bless you, Papa Bear.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Thanks for all the marvelous movie moments you made for us.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    all you Harry haters!

    by TheEdge

    Joined Aintitcool back in '98, stayed away a few years ago because there were way too many angry motherfuckers polluting this site, came back recently but sadly, seems to be more of you douchebags on this site more than ever! I'm surprised Harry has kept all you whining Cunts on and not kicked you out like I would have; then again, Harry probably realizes that without this site to vent all your bitterness, you'd shoot up a movie theater like that worthless fucker in Colorado. Seriously, the way some of you carry on and on and need to check yourself into a mental institution, get some meds, talk to somebody...and please dear God, I pray that you fucks live in a state that does background checks before you can purchase a firearm!

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by mattythelionheart

    I'm not gonna lie, I clicked on this hoping it was Harry talking about himself. It should have been just about the incredible talent that was Michael Clarke Duncan. Rest in Peace dear sir. Thanks Harry for being despicably predictable.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10 p.m. CST


    by NoHubris

    He really transported you through his performances, especially GREEN MILE. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    What a tragedy

    by Christian Sylvain

    RIP Michael Clarke Duncan. You are gone but will never be forgotten through your achievements in life.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    zombot, flynn-lives, et al. are all absolutely right...

    by BoogerEater

    I appreciate that this site is a labor of love for Harry, and since I visit it almost daily, I owe him...something, I guess. But he is an absolutely abysmal writer. Whether he means for it to happen or not, EVERYTHING he posts here (1) is riddled with sometimes impossible-to-translate grammar/spelling errors and/or (2) is written in such a way that it reads like an homage to himself. "Look at me! I'm cool by proxy! I've hugged seven leprechauns and met James Dean and been in the room where Marilyin Monroe died and I was responsible for Spider-Man's existence and I must be cool, right? Right? Right? Right? Come on guys, right?"

  • It's good to hear, especially when discussing a person's death, especially an actor, what that person was actually like. I'm tired of hearing about actors being jerks in real life, and it's good to hear about those that aren't. I believe that this is Harry's intent. Besides, are any of you actually surprised that Harry has met MCD, and do you really think that Harry is expecting that we'd be surprised upon hearing this momentous revelation? Or think about it this way: If YOU had met MCD a few times, and the topic came up, would you not say something like "I actually got to meet him a few times. He was a really cool guy."? I would. And it wouldn't be about me.

  • R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan

  • Made me a little misty, brother- and 100% agreed.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Btw.. Talkbackers... The concept of a wake...

    by Playkins

    ... Is to talk about how much a person meant to you. Harry was hardly out of order.<p> For me, MCD's performance in Green Mile was the first time I was ever moved to tears by a film. He was without a doubt one of the most unique, versatile, yet immediately identifiable actors in the biz. An unpleasant revelation at the end of an otherwise nice weekend but I'm so glad we have so many wonderful ways to remember him.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Oh boy...harry_cox take my advice

    by TheEdge

    If you read my earlier post, I honored MCD but was pissed off at the shots taken at Harry that it was all about him. Considering the fact you used the subject line to insult me must have hit a nerve and sadly proves my point- please GET SOME HELP! Not just for yourself but for your family- if you have any- and most of all for your community...repeat after me: this is a website about movies, not that important. I'm not your enemy, the voices you hear in your head are NOT REAL! And finally, I'm not going to get into some pussy pissing match with you, it'll just make you MORE unhinged and deranged...if that's even possible! I will NOT be responsible for your eventual mental breakdown and harming innocents bystanders.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Fuck Harry, I am sad... the kindest, most real dude ever

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    is gone. He was genuine, nice as shit, and a true talent. I am proper bummed. Fuck.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    joncreed, you are a douche

    by DarthHomercles

    I don't know if you're trying to be funny or serious. Either way, you're a tool. I'm saddened by MCD's passing. I feel he had a lot left to give the world. Harry's post is pretty much what you'd expect from him. It's not worth getting upset over. He said some nice things, who cares if they're centered around himself? Some people are self-centered. It's not necessarily a bad thing. “I always say YCDA: you can do anything. If you want to be a successful actor, you have to believe in yourself more than anything else, and don't let anybody tell you that you cannot do it because you can.” -- Michael Clarke Duncan

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by psychosomatic

    Harry - I love the site and wish this was a place where people could just come to share their love of film. So often I read people like ZOMBOT commenting on someone's article or review and it just seems childish (nor do I see how they are qualified to make such remarks). I don't care if a talk-backer doesn't like a particular filmmaker or artist's work... or whether or not they agree with a review, unless they can qualify/quantify their comments and do it with respect. I don't like everything you like, Harry, but you are obviously a great lover of film, this is your site, and you have the right to do with it as you wish. Keep on truck'n'!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    In other news, Lindsay Lohan is still alive...

    by gaygoonie

    Only the good die young.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    I am serious

    by TheEdge

    Not being funny darthhomowhatever, I am serious. If you wrote a letter using old fashion snail mail with the same crazy, abusive shit I've read in this board and others, the post office should track you down and report your ass. That's why I stopped going on this site because so many posters were just writing constant invectives- no more friendly debates, just back-and-forth abuse and empty threats. Imagine doing the same thing in a bar after a couple of drinks?! Too many disturbed individuals in this site and when you call them out- like yourself and howard the cock, you predictably get your panties in a twist and whine "you're a tool!" Again, get some therapy or better yet, grow the fuck up!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Have to admit joncreed is right...

    by RobertSieg

    At first I read this 'obit' and thought, okay, it's Harry. His writing style is as mushy as the cellulite on his sweaty taint. I'll give him a break. But seriously, if you think about it, swap Harry's name with any other celeb or writer, and you will instantly see what a pretentious piece of douche writing this is. Pretend this was written by Roger Ebert, and tell me you wouldn't call him a fat fuck. (Actually I think Ebert's lost a bit of weight, so he's got that much on Harry.) Frank Darabont had the right, more than anybody, to write a self-centered obit, because he actually made MCD's career. But he hardly mentioned himself at all. That is class. MCD RIP

  • Reading the serialization of The Green Mile was an experience of my teen years I'll never forget. the anxious waiting every 30 days for the next installment, and even rushing off to Waldenbooks after the first day of my Junior Year classes, so I could get Part 6 and see how it all ended. It was my 'Harry Potter' before HP sent everyone eagerly seeking its parts. I remember going to see 'Armageddon' with my sisters and Uncle in the Summer of 1998. Much of that film left me numb, but I just remembered the scene where Duncan's character starts crying to the NASA doctors, and in that one little moment, I saw John Coffey, and hoped that Duncan would land the part if the book series was made into a movie. When it happened, there was no holding me back. Duncan truly embodied that character. You'd have to be a truly hardened person not to be choked up or affected by his anguished sobs and cries in that film. His portrayal of a simple, misunderstood man with a powerful gift was truly deserving of the Oscar nomination he received. I only wish he could have had another truly inspiring role. Now, I do regret not sending a fan-letter to Duncan. He truly seemed to be a kind-hearted soul even off the film sets.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:48 a.m. CST

    RIP big man..... what a fucking shame!

    by sam jacksons wig

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Is there any role Harry wasnt instrumental in the casting of?

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I mean come on... And RIP Michael Clarke Duncan, didnt realise he was actually in his 50s, but thats still too young.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Watched the Chuck episode he guested in

    by snappy

    ... on DVD only the other night. He had some great comedy lines related to his physicality and delivered them with a twinkle in his eye. I have no personal experience of meeting the man, but I find myself saddened by his passing at such a young age.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    [percy_sledge]If you don't know Harry by now....

    by UltimaRex will never, never, never know him.[/percy_sledge] Seriously, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time? Surest sign of madness...

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    That said...

    by UltimaRex

    RIP MCD.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    The funny thing is...

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    We still don't know if Harry wrote this. You'd think by now someone could have taken, oh, I don't know, maybe a couple seconds to edit the article? But that's just me talkin' out my ass.

  • His huge frame might have limited the roles that Holywood gave him, but ocasionally he could be found playing roles one wouldn't immediatly associate with a giant like him. One thing i loved about him is that, despite his size, he could play sophisticated and elegant quite very well. He always looked dashing in a suit, and he looked he belonged to a cocktail party as well as among greased oilmen. I truly believe he could do anything. I'm glad for everybody who had a chance to meet him in preson. He looked like a cool and friendly guy. I envy you. Farewell to the gentle giant. He will be sorely missed.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    He was too young. Death sucks.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST


    by CuervoJones

    I agree with you.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Terrible Remembrance post

    by AmericanMovieFan

    This entire thing was so're talking about whether or not you liked his movies, you keep mentioning how often you met him, you heavily imply you had something to do with him getting the Green Mile gig...Jesus Christ. Get over yourself. Try to write something objectively for once.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    That said...RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

    by AmericanMovieFan

    Class act. I saw his last TMZ video and the guy seemed like the nicest person in the world. Also a lot more versatile of an actor than many gave him credit for.

  • You have a pathological need to prop yourself up using the accomplishments of others. It's truly disgusting to see someone use the death of another to brag about themselves like a child.

  • "When we spoke, I was entranced." <p>

  • This guy was a great actor, and hilarious as well. He could do gentleness, menace, and make you laugh. I loved him in the Green Mile and Talladega Nights. Sad news.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Good point Tritium....Neil Armstrong?!?!?

    by MasterControlProgram

    Neil Armstrong was a true American hero, at at the least AICN should have made mention of his portryal in the Oscar winning "The Right Stuff" or HBO/Hanks "From the Earth to the Moon". Armstrong was a legend with a story tailor made for Hollywood. I would have loved a mention of Armstrong and his career...and its contrbution to Hollywood movies. But then again...perhaps Harry couldn't talk enough about himself to adequately qualify Armstrong for an obit. -- End of Line --

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Sin City, DareDevil, Green Mile.

    by knowthyself

    The guy was amazing. RIP. We'll miss you big guy.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    In this midst of this sad, somber day, one truth is self-evident.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Abe Vigoda will live forever.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Brave keyboard warriors ripping on Harry in an obit

    by steve

    Classy little fuckers aint ya?

  • Wether you or I agree with their sentiments or not, it's a weekly (If not daily) occurance kinda thing. LOL

  • His performance in The Green Mile was more than self evident and oscar worthy but the Academy would rather overlook his part and give it to a more "Household" Contender.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Who wrote this? PAUL RYAN?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    'Cause there is no name attributed to the article.

  • If his character had actually BEEN IN IT. It's okay, big fella. I'm just sassin' ya. Show me that cute rainbow grin! :-)

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    @Mr stalkeye

    by albert comin

    I forgot who won the oscar for best supporting actor over Michael Duncan Clarke.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Who wrote this?

    by D.Vader

    Jesus, come on. Sign it.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Fear me master control program.

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    For I am UltraTron.

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    goodbye to the Kingpin

    by Micah

    Best role was Armageddon for sure. Final Awnser

  • well THANKYOU so much Harry for making Michael Clarke Duncan's career possible.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    It's 2012 and AICN still uses a message forum based on 1993 tech

    by ScriptCunt

    Way to leverage those click-through profits and ad revenues (of which I have never seen a jot, thank you, Adblock Plus!).

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    bobo_vision: my fave is 'his mother once hugged me'


  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Is a memoriam?

    by achapin14

    Just seems like they're taking the time to brag about themselves in this. "My Campaign" to make sure MCD played John Coffey? And the fact that you met him dozens of times? I don't see your heart in this article at all. Rest in Peace Michael Clarke Duncan!!! I was a TRUE fan of yours!!!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I couldnt watch the end of the green mile

    by emeraldboy

    where john coffey gets executed. Here was a man with power to heal and he still got fried. And I couldnt watch the botched execution seen in the green mile either. that scene was horrific.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Tragically too young

    by animatronicmojo

    Sad to see him go, although it is heartening to see how much he accomplished in the last 15+ years. A truly gifted actor with a surprising range, who could play perfectly to or against type- he was always a joy to watch. <BR> Yes, when celebrities pass away, bloggers and journos can and frequently do write short pieces on their personal experiences with, and affection for, that person. Imagine that.


  • The list is so long.... Slammin' Salmon, Green Mile, DareDevil, Green Lantern, The Whole Nine Yards, The Island. It just goes to show he was not being utilized properly by Hollywood. He should have been an A-lister.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Did Bruce Willis write this??

    by tailhook

    Which would be cool. But if it it was Harry he has some serious explaining to do. -----------

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    I'm watching Craig Ferguson tonight...

    by Andrew Coleman

    They were friends and I'm sure Ferguson will give him a grand tribute one way or another. This sucks though he ruled!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    This is shameful

    by lock67ca

    Leave it to the Fat Man to turn an obit for a great actor and nice guy into a self-congratulatory vanity piece. Couldn't you find some less shameful means of boosting your goddamn ego? Rather gutless, not even putting your name on the piece, even though we're a hell of a lot smarter than you give us credit for.

  • Seriously, there's some folks on here that scare the shit out of me. I could never hang out in a place I hate, yet there's a large chunk of the readers in this very obit talkback that appear to be doing just that. Such creepy detachment from reality. There's no way the angry guys in here would say that to harry's face. And it's a fucking obit. for gods sake. Shameless fuckers.

  • i mean come on man....We're talking what, 1998? I reallllly don't think you have EVER had any power of influence - much less back then. Nobody but the geekiest net nerds even knew who you were or what your site was. I sure didnt. I might have come across it, but much as I surfed the net back then, your site wasnt even a blip. I mean fuck. You're a dude with a website. I THINK Bruce Willis saying something has more pull than you'd have with a thousand sites still operating on a format used in the mid 90's. Bruce could fart and people would listen to that before you. Just saying. I'm not saying you're TRYING to take credit, but let's be real here. AICN is pretty much still known as "that one review/news site that nobody takes very seriously because the writing could often be done just as well by a high school freshman." None of you guys are famous enough to have any pull with anyone.

  • What the fuck have you guys done today exactly?

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    I do agree with you that this TB is neither the time nor the place to attack Knowles, notwithstanding how inept and self-serving his ibit is. But just so you know, I'm a Harry Hater - for cogent and well thought out reasons which I won't expand upon here - and I for one would happily tell him my view to his face, if ai ever had the misfortune to be in the same room as him and his ego.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Huntermurals, again

    by Mike J

    I've done about 13 hours of real work, spent time helping my son with some homework and also did a few jobs around the house. And have had two showers and cleaned my teeth. What has Knowles done today? This week? This month? Watching a few movies and "writing" (if you can call it that) a few reviews isnt work its a hobby. If as he claims he doesn't get remunerated by studios then one assumes Knowles lives of benefits whilst failing to lose weight. Oh and just so you know, his medical condition, spinal stenosis? Nowhere near as serious as he has made out. I've been a sufferer for years and yeah I've done physio and its a drag. But no way is it anywhere near as arduous as Knowles claims (well perhaps it is for him since he was and still is so obese, despite all the purported daily exercise). It is simply just another story from someone who really doesn't know the line between truth and fantasy. I apologise; this really isnt the thread for this sort of vitriol. But you asked and I answered.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    RIP Michael Clarke Duncan! Leaving on a jetplane!

    by wtriker1701

    You've reached the hearts of many, many people who love movies!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Getting the Green Mile part...

    by Celicynd

    Apparently it was Bruce Willis that got him the role...

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Guys come on

    by waslah

    You can't point out that Harry had nothing to do with MCD getting the part in The Green Mile. You'll ruin Harry's fantasy! I just hope that MCD is remembered more for the great presence, charisma, and energy that MCD brought to every role that he played, rather than some of the lesser movies he was a part of. He may not be leaving behind an extensive list of great movies, necessarily, but he was watchable in just about everything he WAS in. Purely because of the life he brought to his performances. Great screen presence, and apparently an even better guy.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Why joncreed is a douche

    by DarthHomercles

    you'd shoot up a movie theater like that worthless fucker in Colorado.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    these talkbacks suck

    by DarthHomercles

    get some better fucking software, Harry!!!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    why joncreed is a douche redux

    by DarthHomercles

    I had a whole post typed up and all that appeared was the first line! I'm never typing anything substantial in these talkbacks again! Anyhoo, joncreed, you claim to want friendly debate and not suffer back and forth abuse, but all you've done is compare anyone who had a comment about Harry to the deranged gunman from Colorado and said they should seek help. I didn't even knock Harry for his post and you lumped me in with the haters. No, it is YOU who need help. You can't call someone a "homo" and call someone mentally unstable and homicidal and still get to play the "I'm the sane guy trying to get along with everyone" card. I found your comments more offensive than anyone else's in this tb and that's why you are a douche. Your shit stinks worse than anyones.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Harry is terrible

    by MrDark


  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Everything Harry writes is about himself - Quite sad

    by FrodoFraggins

  • Back before Harry sold out. When people would actually post reviews from test screenings or from studios with inside information and it would screw with the studios and caused a lot of handwringing. This site was one of the first to have advance word that B & R sucked and that Titanic didn't. Somewhere along the way, they realized Harry could be bought. It started out with the infamous Godzilla review, but pretty much evolved into basically pay for play. By bringing him 'in the fold', they got him to cave and hold movie reviews until they dictated they should be posted. Get him some premieres for BNAT and make people available as part of their marketing, and its all good in the Hollywood hood. As such, this site has been a shell of its former self for well over a decade. Now its mainly a place where Harry & Co. scours the web and a)cribs content from other sources days after it was current, b) movie reviews same as any other site, or c) gimmick posts like Behind the Scenes pick of the day and what not, or d) Amazon SPAM posts showing the neat-o things you can buy.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    By gone you mean dead, right?

    by Caliswag


  • Sept. 5, 2012, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Spot on analysis of the decline of AICN - I totally agree with everything you say. The only other thing I'd add is that Knowles started to believe his own press and went from being a mildly charming geek to someone who is a Z list celebrity and as a consequence has become incredibly lazy. The decline of this site is entirely attributable to him and him alone. The media has also made Knowles out to be a movie expert and even though he manifestly isn't, he clearly adores that mantle hence he can never bring himself to admit if he hasn't seen a particular classic. So many times he has made obvious gaffs here claiming to love a particular movie which he obviously has just looked up on wikipedia but hasn't watched.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST

    I strongly believe, it's Brucey himself writing the obit above.

    by wtriker1701

    It makes sense - and is beautifully written, if true!

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    I have no idea who wrote this article.

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    No sign off, sign on...anything?

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Bad timing for Harry's Avatar, though, I believe.

    by wtriker1701

    Maybe it should be a different one for a while... ...just my 2 cents...

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    RIP MCD, I loved this little tribute.

    by wrongThinker

    A lot of people hating on here need to get a fucking grip. When we have no personal connection to another human, we think of their accomplishments as their contributions to the world, but anyone can look at a list of accomplishments. That's just a resume. Harry wrote something personal and heartfelt about someone who wasn't just a list of his accomplishments, but of someone he had the privilege to actually KNOW. Maybe not well, but it's a bit of insight anyone just reading the resume will never had. This was never about the author, it was written from the authors perspective. Since the authors perspective was somewhat unique, I think it stands above the others to be a tribute to more than MCD the actor, but it speaks a bit to MCD the man. I am grateful for this. RIP.