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Frank Darabont writes with his thoughts on Michael Clarke Duncan's passing...

Hey folks, Harry here...  here's what Frank Darabont sent me today, he wanted me to share it with you:



I’m devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, 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.


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 craft and 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.  


Michael has left us far, far too soon. 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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  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Wow, this is a loss

    by Uncle Pooky

    I was just enjoying his work in Talladega Nights last night

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Beautifully said. Rest Peacefully, MCD.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    r.i.p. Michael

    by jules windex

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by ChesterCopperpot

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Thank you Michael for the memories.

    by gruemanlives

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    That man had more charisma in his pinky ...

    by Cruizer Dave

    than most people have in their entire body. I'll miss seeing him in movies.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    For Simos!!!

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    gonna get to work on a mini-shrine, the guy was in a list of movies that were very special as i was growing up. Another great artist into the wind and gone but not forgotten.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    He was fucking hilarious in Talageda Nights :D

    by Aidil_Afham

    I haven't heard anyone say anything negative about him before, even in Daredevil, no one blamed him for the role. Although I thought he was perfect as Kingpin :) He will be sorely missed, he still had lots to give to the cinematic world. In the words of his General Attar in Planet of the Apes: "Bow Your Heads!!"

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    And dont forget The Last Mimzy

    by Michael_Ceras_Hidden_Powers

    A VERY Underrated film. r.I.p.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    He had the best line

    by darth_hideous

    in the PLANET OF THE APES remake

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    at the risk of sounding insensitive...

    by mojination

    i can't help thinking of the logistics of his funeral... think of the size of the goddam coffin!! he was a big boy... sad to see him go, he seemed like such a nice fella, and genuinely happy to be doing what he was doing. Rest easy big guy.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    at the risk of sounding insensitive...

    by TTMan

    If it's a real risk, then don't express it. One does not have to make a statement if it's going to be as inept and as irrelevant and nonsensical as yours. Feel free to edit and suppress yourself whenever you think you are being insensitive.

  • Godspeed dear Clarke. Your voice onscreen will live for eternity.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    He voiced a character in Brother Bear.

    by tomandshell

    He brought warmth and heart to everything he did.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Talladega Nights

    by TheEdge

    Don't you put that curse on me Ricky Bobby!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    sorry ttman, you're right.

    by mojination

    i should really checkity check myself before appearing insensitive on *these* boards. and thanks for taking the time to pull me up on that instead of leaving a nice response to the topic at hand. back to honouring Mr Duncan then, shall we? His role in the Green Mile is etched in stone as one of *the* great character roles in recent memory, i honestly can't think of another actor that could've pulled it off quite the same. really glad he could give us something like that before he passed.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Just rewatched Brother Bear 1 and 2

    by wcolbert

    Looking forward specifically to the few scenes he did. Even as a bear, the guy brought warmth and a bright feeling to his character.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    This news sucks more than this web site.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    And this web site really really sucks. Rest in peace, Michael.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Rest MCD

    by Mr_Satan

    I'm in shock. And he would have been great as Darkside.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    he was fine till he started banging amarosa

    by walt

    high maintenance women kill

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Damn fine actor

    by DexterMorgan

    He made The Slammin' Salmon hilarious imho. And that is not a great movie. Green Mile tonight, with extra tears at the end I think. RIP big man, you will be missed.

  • RIP Michael Clark Duncan

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    I haven't been this torn up since Hightower died.

    by Xenodistortion

    Fucking weak news. Somebody put a full team of Navy Seals outside of Terry Crews' house, NOW! The world needs more big lovable black dudes. Rest in peace, Green Mile!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    His was an honest thought on the size of the coffin, you uppity fuck. A thought that was actual discussion by many when John Candy passed. And seeing as Duncan WAS LARGE, the thought was similar and not without warrant. Who said everything spoken on a man none of us knew had to be purely solemn? So in closing: No one put you in charge so take your words of wisdom and go fuck your own face, prick.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Great in The Whole Nine Yards, too...

    by Doctor Bumhole

    He was a big guy, and could do menacing without breaking a sweat; but he also had good comic timing, and, as he demonstrated in The Green Mile, could handle dramatic material to boot. RIP

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Hate it all you want, but MCD was the bomb in Daredevil.

    by Mitch

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Sandy Duncan still with us.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Advantage: Triscuits. RIP MCD.

  • Whilst smoking a cuban cigar under a tree to mourn the loss of yet another fine actor gone too soon, but never forgotten.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Definitely an impressive body of work . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and it seems like just yesterday he was cast as Coffey in the Green Mile. I remember wondering how in the HELL they would cast that part and my jaw just dropped when I saw the first trailer. And he sure brought it again and again ever since . . . RIP big man!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Also, anybody ever see him in 'Friday' ?

    by Nice Marmot

    It's only for a SPLIT second. He's in the background, reacting just like everyone else to Dee-Bo's knocking Red the F OUT . . .

  • thinking about how his curse of immortality is slowly turning from a god-like powerful benediction into a dark, sinister curse of agony. His suicide attempts brought nothing but a cold reminder of the absence of his soul. He envies Michael Clarke Duncan passing, and wishes for his non existance, a peaceful state Vigoda knows he cannot ever achieve.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Barney Michel wonders what the fuck crack you smoked this morning

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Nice marmot: I gotta go back and look for him now. RIP

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    You will be missed, my brother.

    by bat725

    God bless.

  • Ouch!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Abe sold his Soul to the Devil.

    by Stalkeye

    That's why he laughs at us all.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    To Young To Die

    by Barron34

    So sad. Nice guy, good actor. He had range too: could play a good guy, comedy, a villain (Manute from SIN CITY, etc), drama (GREEN MILE). Sad to see him go. Definitly would have been a great Darkseid. Robbed of his future. Heart disease sucks.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    "Too" Young To Die

    by Barron34

    Damn typos.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I bet all the Harry haters remain silent about

    by snomusic

    Frank "making this about him". Hypocrites.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    snomusic, it's like this..

    by Stalkeye

    ..OK in some ways I can understand Harry detailing how some actor or Movie impacted his life or just sharing (to the audience) about his personal experiences. But when I see excerpts like: "as i got an advance copy and played it on my 70' LED, or My Lovely Wife Yoko made me breakfast i thought about (Enter Movie here.) it comes off a bit bragadocious, don'tcha think and how suddenly he becomes off topic and focuses more on himself than the topic in general. That's the Vide i somewhat get. Now don't get me wrong, despite my feelings of indifference toward Him, at the same time I give him props for making a site that actually rattled a few studios feathers and as for his swag and screenings, good for him. he went through a serious injury and still followed his passion so there's no "Harry Hatin" on my behalf but at the same time, I will call him (and many others) out if I deem something off kilter. How could he praise a hack like Eli Roth yet shit all over PWSA who by the way, is another hack in my eyes. There was speculation that he's still bitter about Paul not letting him on the set of Soldier, thus he's paying for it for the rest of his life. LOL But Harry doesn't really deserve half the hell he's getting as we are free to dicuss,cuss and fuss about Films or other topics without (for the most part) fear of getting Ze Banhammer. I also give him props for allowing Freedom of Speech to an extent. You Go, GinZilla!

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    That being said, well done Frank.

    by Stalkeye

    But your portrayal of TWD's T Dawg was downright attrocious. God, He's such a clusterfuck. Yup, Hipshot called it.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    smell the coffey

    by Jaymie69

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Truly sad news.

    by Crazymaverick

    RIP Mr. Duncan.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Is also sad


    That he was underused. How come these greats are dying and I apart from feeling sad at thier passing I am also pissed that I didnt see them in more. Thats life I suppose.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    for the last time

    by Handiana Jolo

    Freedom of speech has nothing to do with what a privately owned website does or does not what shown to other viewers. If you got a post removed or got banned, it has nothing to do with free speech, you have no legal recourse, and such is life. Lauding Harry for "allowing" some freedom of speech is pretty much THE dumbest thing I'll read all day.

  • We're not talking about some goddamn amendment fuckhead, but the fact that there is a lack of restraint or regulation. Stop over analyzing shit Sherlock.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Omarosa Strikes Again

    by MaliceHighload


  • Sept. 4, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Re: snomusic

    by Ricardo

    Frank is not making this about himself, he is merely making short references to a work he intrinsically shared with Michael Clarke Duncan. Harry, on the other hand, is not a pivotal member of the movie industry, and is well known for making pathetic attempts to raise his ego by mentioning unrelated facts of his very thin experiences and relationships with people in Hollywood, or past experiences that relate only to himself, as if he was the center of the universe. Why, he might be a huge fatass, but he's not the sun yet.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Slammin Salmon

    by AlphaChimp

    Loved him in that one...he will be missed.

  • Sept. 4, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    mojination and ttman

    by PatientZer0

    mojination: It wasn't insensitive, it was funny. I'll bet he would have laughed. ttman: You're an idiot. You should censor yourself for being a dipshit. End Of Line.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    speaking of Harry granting free speech...

    by iamjoebu

    <p>Don't know if it's just me, but a lot of the TB's lately have felt as if there were posts... missing. Like disjointed replies or comments to unasked or unseen posts...</p> <p>...anyway, interesting that last night, this article was in the regular news column, without the <q>here's what Frank Darabont sent me today, he wanted me to share it with you</q>. I thought for sure someone would comment on it; as it appeared to be Harry showing off Darabont's words as a personal correspondence, instead of a general public statement; and yet... nothing.</p> <p>Now, I am 100% certain about the article first being in the <q>Latest News</q>, but does anyone else remember the line about it being a personal note to Harry being there? I'm pretty sure it wasn't...</p>

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    tip 'o the hat to you, patientzer0

    by mojination

    ...and yes, i think he would've chuckled.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Stalkeye and ricaleite4

    by snomusic

    Stalkeye, well said - I've always felt while there might be a smidge of truth to the garbage that gets thrown at Harry, I've also loathed how much seemingly unjustified trash talking - on Harry and on the site itself and how it's garbage, etc - and yet... they keep coming back instead of making something better. ricaleite4, while it may turn you off with him sharing his very thin experiences with these people, they are still experiences that most of the readers on this site have not had, so at least he has the experience to share. And he's sharing it as a fan like us and NOT as some kind of insider. I appreciate what he shares because his take is a fan's take and it's like talking to someone who has no claim to actually knowing and hanging out with Aerosmith, they have gotten a few backstage passes and they are sharing how cool the experiences were. Whats even funnier about the gripe is that when a likable person that has contributed to the industry passes, that's what EVERYONE does - they share how their work affected them. I mean it IS his site - everyone knows what to expect for the most part - why gripe? Thanks for listening.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Wow, Darabount was so impressed...

    by Hipshot

    By Duncan, so touched by his character work, that he didn't even have Tom Hanks pick up the fucking phone to tell the Governor John Coffey was innocent. That's deep empathy with his humanity, you betcha.

  • That's not his call, but Stephen's. BTW Coffey wanted to Die as he stressed that he was so tired. The way I see it, Coffey was released from further pain and hardship and according to the Novel (The source material itself.) Tom Hank's character, Paul watches Coffey's ghost from an overpass after having his Wife die in his arms via Bus accident. Paul is more than paying for his reluctence to save John due to the sole fact that he has outlived his Friends and Family(seeing them Die.) before his eventual departure from Life itself. I agree with your sentiment regarding T-Dawg, but in this case, Frank gets a pass. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I didn't say there was a problem with him dying. In the original novel, he died. But the Tom Hanks character TRIED to save Coffey's life, and was unable to convince anyone. In the movie, he actually KNEW Coffey was innocent (a psychic moment touching his hand) but then never tried to save him. THAT is what Darabount did. I cannot remember another film, ever, where someone knew a man was innocent and did nothing. Ever. To treat the only black man in the film like that is a pretty clear sign of lack of empathy, considering him the sickest meld of "Magical" and "Sacrificial" Negroes in the history of film. Micheal Clark Duncan did a fabulous job. But Darabount, who turned Tyrese into "T-Dawg" over at Walking Dead, gets zero respect from me.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    And Coffey was "tired". Awww. So sad. That's where, in any other movie, the music would swell, and Hanks would make an empassioned speech about how life is worth living. That's what you do if you actually care about the character, rather than just hurrying to make him a martyr. Stephen King did a fabulous job, and remembered to have Hanks give a shit, something Darabount forgot. It was NOT King's call. Take a look at the original book. I did.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Hipshot, Ouch!

    by Stalkeye

    OK, I see the point you raised and thanks for the clarification. MCD deserved to win the Oscar for best supporting actor but was robbed. And as far as his casting for The Kingpin was concered, did a great job.However, the final fight between him and DD was a bit short. Forgot he did the voiceover for kilowag in the disappointing Green Lantern Film. it's sad as i always invisioned him as the perfect Darksied if WBDC was to have his debut on celluloid. What's fucked up is that he became a Vegatarian only to die of a damn heart attack. How unfair. He will surely be missed.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    re: insensitive

    by jca666us

    Not insensitive at all...he was 6'6 and if he had taken better care of himself, he'd probably still be here.