Monday Evening Reads: RIP Michael Clark DuncanPosted: September 3, 2012
I started to write this post tonight…as usual I saved links during the day to share with you, but when I checked on Google news this story was up top. Many of you may not recognize the name Michael Clark Duncan, but you may remember his role in The Green Mile. From the Chicago Tribune…
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, the star of Frank Darabont’s prison tale “The Green Mile,” has died. He was 54.
Michael Clarke Duncan is surrounded by students after speaking to his alma mater, King High School, as “principal for a day” on Oct. 28, 2004. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / September 3, 2012)
The Chicago native rose to fame playing a hulking death row inmate with a special psychic gift in the 1999 film, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. The role, which cast him opposite Tom Hanks, earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
Duncan was born on the South Side and was raised, along with his sister, Judy, by his mother, Jean in the Kenwood neighborhood, his sister said. According to the Internet Movie Database, his mother refused to let him play high school football, so he turned to acting. After high school, he played basketball at Kankakee Community College and worked for Peoples Gas before moving to Hollywood.
I thought he was amazing in that role of John Coffey…and I enjoyed his other acting jobs in Armageddon and Talladega Nights.
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing roughly 315 pounds, Duncan parlayed his considerable size into a career as a Hollywood security guard, working for the likes of Will Smith and the rapper Notorious B.I.G. His first movie role came in 1998’s “Armageddon” with Bruce Willis; Willis later helped the fledgling actor land the “Green Mile” gig.
Of his affinity for the role of the doomed John Coffey, Duncan told The Times in a 2000 interview: “I identified with John Coffey in the fact that we both had troubled times, we are both big, and by looking at us, you would be fearful of your life if you met us in a dark alley.”
The article says he had a heart attack two months ago and had been in the hospital all that time receiving treatment. Such a loss…
My son is still in a lot of pain tonight, so forgive me if I post the rest of the links quickly below, as we may be heading back to the ER again soon. He is really fighting it though…teenagers!
This first link is to an AP article, The Associated Press: Obama, Romney visits to Gulf highlight differences
They sure do. Obama didn’t tell anyone to fuck off…oh, I mean…call 211.
Not sure if BB linked to this one: Bush Chief Political Strategist: Paul Ryan’s Speech Was Full Of Lies | ThinkProgress
From the Gallup Poll: GOP Convention, Romney Speech Evoke Lukewarm Reactions
Yeah, like warm soda on a hot ass day.
This one from Atlanta Journal Constitution: Your morning jolt: A NASCAR kick-off for Georgia Democrats | Political Insider
For all those NASCAR fans.
There is a Democrat that shows idiots don’t always have an R at the end of their name and title…
The Democratic party Chairman of Massachusetts, John Walsh, issued an apology on Monday after he was quoted saying that Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA) was an “honorary girl” for folding his own laundry.
“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret. I apologize for that remark,” read Walsh’s statement.
Walsh was quoted by reporters at a Bay State delegation breakfast in North Carolina on Monday saying Brown “spent a couple million dollars folding towels on TV to prove he’s an honorary girl.”
Asshole. When there is so many other legitimate talking points to bring up against Brown.
Then Obama’s Campaign had to speak up about this one: California’s Democratic party chair rebuked over Goebbels comparison | World news | guardian.co.uk
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Burton told journalists that Republican vice-presidential pick Paul Ryan told “a bold face lie and he doesn’t care that it was a lie”, adding: “That was Goebbels, the big lie.”
The Chronicle has Burton issuing the same slur against the Republican Party as a whole, stating: “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie…Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you just keep repeating it.”
Uh…sorry, but I agree with that sentiment of Burtons…no doubt about it! That is something that needs to be addressed, not rebuked.
Here are a few links about Iran and Egypt:
And from Voice of America:
John Cusack, you know the actor….has a post in the Atlantic: John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution
And lastly, or those of you who are into Earth Science articles:
Have a wonderful evening…let’s see if my night will be spent in ER or on the couch waiting for 8:00 am to come around so I can call the pediatrician and get my son taken care of.