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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    yeah, it was a pretty awesome performance.

    i've been a big SK fan since i was a teenager, and i bought the green mile in pieces when it was first released a few chapters at a time. i was excited when i found out that it was going to become a movie, but i was also fairly worried. some SK books become great movies, like Shawshank or Stand by Me. others completely miss the feel of the book. luckily, the Green Mile was written, cast, and produced perfectly. much of that depended on Coffey; Duncan really brought him to life.
    I did the GM bit by bit too and yeah...some SK stories really blow on the big screen. Seems to me they made the best movies from his shortest stories.

    Duncan did a great job of a Forest Gump type innocence while having knowledge of the darkest of human hell. That is what made his character so unique to me.
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    Helix, I was such a big SK fan at one point that I read "It" in under four days. Then I made the colossal error of seeing the movie. The only part of the book i really didnt like was the gangbang scene. He tried to make it relevant but it just seemed like a poor attempt to justify underage group sex.

    I even trudged through the horrible gunslinger series.
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    "The Green Mile" broke my heart. Duncan's moving performance while being unfairly "murdered" by a racist system was a huge part of that heartbreak. Part of me will never be the same after seeing that movie. The world lost a fine talent and a good man. His loss has really affected me.

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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    "The Green Mile" broke my heart. Duncan's moving performance while being unfairly "murdered" by a racist system was a huge part of that heartbreak. Part of me will never be the same after seeing that movie. The world lost a fine talent and a good man. His loss has really affected me.

    How was it a racist system? They found him with two dead girls giving an inadvertent admission of guilt. If he was white would the death penalty have changed?

    What made the plot successful was giving the appearance of guilt through the eyes of all the characters.
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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    I always enjoyed him and he had such a great screen presence. R.I.P. Micheal Duncan

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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    "The Green Mile" broke my heart. Duncan's moving performance while being unfairly "murdered" by a racist system was a huge part of that heartbreak. Part of me will never be the same after seeing that movie. The world lost a fine talent and a good man. His loss has really affected me.
    It came down to a misunderstanding of "I couldn't take it back", I don't know if racism was the key component in that movie or not but if anyone would be found in that circumstance I would think the same thing. I would think he killed the girls and was remorsefull, then again if I came to understand later that "take it back" meant taking away the sickness or injury that's a whole new ballpark. To me it was more of a commentary on the legal system than anything.
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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    It came down to a misunderstanding of "I couldn't take it back", I don't know if racism was the key component in that movie or not but if anyone would be found in that circumstance I would think the same thing. I would think he killed the girls and was remorsefull, then again if I came to understand later that "take it back" meant taking away the sickness or injury that's a whole new ballpark. To me it was more of a commentary on the legal system than anything.

    How was it a commentary on the legal system?
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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by Furiounova View Post
    How was it a commentary on the legal system?
    Because they misunderstood what Coffey was communicating with the two dead girls everything was assumed as evident that he killed them and regretted it after the fact. There were multiple commentaries at play, the legal system, the condition of the world(Coffey chose death to escape the hatred, it was torture to him), Coffey was a living example of the golden rule, etc.
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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    Because they misunderstood what Coffey was communicating with the two dead girls everything was assumed as evident that he killed them and regretted it after the fact. There were multiple commentaries at play, the legal system, the condition of the world(Coffey chose death to escape the hatred, it was torture to him), Coffey was a living example of the golden rule, etc.
    I don't see how their misunderstanding what Coughee said is a commentary on the legal system.

    I don't think King had any central or fine point of commentary like many of his works. He is able to create interesting dialogue and let people draw their own conclusions. There are questions about events:

    Since Coughee had such an awesome ability, why was he allowed to be put on death row where he could help the least amount of people?

    Was he a coward and selfish for choosing death over sharing his gift?

    Was it coincidence Coughee healed two people from natural ailing while killing two people who were sick in the head?
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    Re: Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    Quote Originally Posted by Furiounova View Post
    I don't see how their misunderstanding what Coughee said is a commentary on the legal system.

    I don't think King had any central or fine point of commentary like many of his works. He is able to create interesting dialogue and let people draw their own conclusions. There are questions about events:

    Since Coughee had such an awesome ability, why was he allowed to be put on death row where he could help the least amount of people?

    Was he a coward and selfish for choosing death over sharing his gift?

    Was it coincidence Coughee healed two people from natural ailing while killing two people who were sick in the head?
    Very simple, they assumed he was guilty and convicted based on circumstantial evidence. No actual case was built from the on sight analysis of the situation. The point of Coffey being on death row was a commentary on society being undeserving of a true gift from God, in fact there was a not so subtle reference prior to the execution that Tom Hanks' character did not want to face God after destroying one of his blessings. He wasn't a coward for choosing death, he was hurting from the pain that humanity was causing him, and the "golden rule" came into play, he didn't hurt anyone who was slightly flawed, but rather one sick human being that tortured innocents and the criminal that killed the two children.
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