Michael Clarke Duncan's death has led to an outpouring of tributes from some of Hollywood's biggest names today (September 4, 2012). Best known for his Oscar winning turn in 'The Green Mile', Michael Clarke Duncan died this week after suffering a heart attack.
Among those remembering the larger-than-life actor was Michael Bay, one of the world's biggest film directors and a man who cast Duncan as a driller in his drama 'Armageddon' despite him having very little experience. Penning a fitting ode to his colleague and friend, Bay wrote on his website, "We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a "Michael and Jerry (Bruckheimer) movie," he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room.His first day on Armageddon he sucked. I remember looking to Ben Affleck and thinking we might need to fire him. But I told him "Mike, I hired you for you, I want the sweet, Mr Clarke Duncan I met in that room". The 'Transformers' director fondly recalled Duncan's "infectious spirit and great belly laugh", before recalling another story about the star. He explained, "When he said in the movie he "wanted to stay in the White House for the summer" he killed it. In his N.A.S.A. evaluation I told him to cry like a baby. He looked at me with his macho Duncan eyes and said "Mike I can't do that" I said "yes you can" and it became the biggest laugh in the movie".
Though Bay may not have been initially convinced by Duncan's acting ability, Frank Darabont had seen enough in the Chicago-born actor to cast him alongside Tom Hanks in 'The Green Mile' and the rest - as they say - is history.