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I’ll Take a Hug Please

Michael Clarke Duncan

I  photographed Michael Clarke Duncan after he appeared in the Green Mile, his oscar nominated role.  He was happy and excited to be on the shoot. He said, “Whatever you want to do let me know, you’re the boss”.  He was accommodating throughout the day and with his help I got lots of great images.”

Michael never intended to be an actor. He explained that he got his start in Hollywood working as a bodyguard for Bruce Willis.  Bruce recommend him for numerous film roles. With his huge muscles and deep voice Michael was a larger than life character. He had no problem getting work.

Everyone liked Michael, it was his sweet and gentle nature. I heard that when fans met him they asked for hugs not autographs.

He died last week at the age of 54.  He wasn’t one of those actors you know by their first names but he might have been. I was sad to hear of his death.

Michael Clarke Duncan photo by Steve LaBadessa

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