Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Rues The Day He Bought A Co-star A Designer Watch To Apologise For Accidentally Punching Him In A Fight Scene, Because Other Actors Now Try To Get Injured For A Free Rolex.
The actor was shooting a brutal brawl with The Green Mile star Michael Clarke Duncan for their 2002 action movie The Scorpion King when he caught his colleague with a hefty blow, sending him sprawling unconscious to the floor.
Johnson felt so guilty he purchased a custom-made Rolex as an apology to the late actor, but once the story got out he suddenly noticed others were trying to get punched by him in every fight scene he shot.
Johnson tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "When I was in The Scorpion King I wound up hitting (him), I clocked him really hard and he went down. I felt so bad I bought him a Rolex watch. I did notice, when the story got out, that guys would lean in a little close for a punch!"
La Toya Jackson is being sued by her former 'Celebrity Apprentice' co-star Omarosa Manigault for making cruel comments about her late fiancé, actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
La Toya Jackson is being sued by her 'Celebrity Apprentice' co-star.
Omarosa Manigault has announced her intentions to file a lawsuit against the singer over comments made on the show, claiming the reality TV star caused her fiancé - late 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan - to suffer a heart attack and ''pulled the cord'' on his life support.
Quizzed about rumours she planned to sue her rival, Omarosa told Howard Stern's during an interview on his radio show: ''Not planning to, I'm going to. She said really nasty things about Michael.
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Jackson was fired from Donald Trump's hit reality show on Sunday night (17Mar13) and during her exit interview she blasted fellow contestant Omarosa Manigault, who was engaged to Duncan before his fatal heart attack last year (12), and accused her of playing a role in the tragedy.
Jackson said, "She's a conniving, scheming, cut-throat (who) probably pulled the cord on Michael Clarke Duncan."
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The 24 star was recently hired to replace Duncan following his death in September (12), and while Haysbert insists he has a deep respect for The Green Mile star's work with the character Manute, he is keen to show fans that he too can do the job justice.
Haysbert tells Wenn, "I knew him and we got along very well and he was a really great guy. His presence is there (in the film) most certainly; he originated the role but I'm a different actor and I will put my own stamp on it. I definitely have a reverence for what he did with the role.
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Tom Hanks and Jay Leno led mourners in remembering the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan, yesterday (September 10, 2012). Both Hanks and Leno shared tales of remembrance about the actor. Hanks starred alongside Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile, the movie for which he was best known. He recalled how he would mock Michael for his handwriting, saying that it was "loopy and huge" and that it resembled the handwriting of "a 12 year old girl who loves horses," BBC News report.
The Oscar-winning actor then recounted a tale of Michael's childhood that had been relayed to him and demonstrates why the 6ft 4in man became known as a "gentle giant." Hanks explained how Michael had returned home one day as a child and told his mother that he was going to join a gang. His mother reportedly struck him with a frying pan and he was forced to tell his prospective fellow gang members, somewhat sheepishly, that his mother would not allow him to join their gang. "If it wasn't for that mama and the frying pan with a pork chop, we would not be here today celebrating the life of Michael Clarke Duncan." Leno also recounted fond memories of the actor: "Just to see such a pure heart and pure kindness, and to see it taken so early," he told mourners. "There are no sadder words than what might have been."
Members of the public were able to pay tribute to the actor at a memorial the previous day, at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn, TMZ report. An open viewing of the body was followed by the screening of his memorable performance in The Green Mile.
Tom Hanks was among a host of celebrities who paid tribute to 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan at his funeral in Los Angeles on Monday (10.09.12).
The 54-year-old actor - who died in hospital on September 3, two months after suffering a heart attack - was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Tom spoke about how his 'Green Mile' co-star was full of love.
He told HLNtv.com: ''Mike was in charge of love. He just had a zest and joy.''
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The Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan died of ''natural causes'' on Monday (03.09.12).
Michael Clarke Duncan died of ''natural causes''.
The 'Green Mile' star passed away at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday (03.09.12) at the age of 54, just two months after he suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and the L.A. County Coroner confirmed the cause of death today (04.09.12).
Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter said the actor's personal doctor signed off on the actor's death as natural and the coroner's office found no reason to doubt the finding.
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Armageddon director Michael Bay will always have fond memories of the film's star Michael Clarke Duncan, revealing the actor cried at his first audition because he was so "proud" to be picked as a candidate for the movie.
Duncan, a former bodyguard, died on Monday (03Sep12), two months after suffering a heart attack and Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise led the tributes to their The Green Mile co-star.
Now, Bay has opened up about his experience of working with Duncan on the 1998 blockbuster, which was co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, revealing he handed the gentle giant the role of J. Otis 'Bear' Kurleenbear and admits he almost came to regret his decision.
In a post on his website, Bay writes, "I'm really bummed at losing such a great guy in my life. I gave him his first big movie role in Armageddon as Bear. We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a 'Michael and Jerry movie', he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room.
Continue reading: Armageddon Director Michael Bay Remembers Michael Clarke Duncan
Actor and friend Bruce Willis and director Michael Bay have joined celebrities in paying tribute to Michael Clarke Duncan.
The Oscar nominated actor died yesterday (03.09.12) two months after suffering a heart attack, and the actor and director who worked on his big break, 1998's 'Armageddon', have remembered him.
Bruce told E! news: ''Michael Duncan was a great actor, a great human being, and he was my very dear friend. I will miss Big Mike in a Big Way.''
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At 6 foot and 4 inches tall, Michael Clarke Duncan, Green Mile actor may have struck an imposing figure but he was an unassuming character, known as something of a gentle giant amongst those that knew him and worked with him. When he suffered a heart attack in July 2012, many assumed that he would recover. However, this turned out not to be the case and he passed away yesterday, aged 54, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, where he was being treated. His fiancée, the TV personality Rev. Omarosa Manigault has said that "celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."
Already, Michael Clarke Duncan's co-stars and compadres have spoken at their sadness at losing such an admired member of the acting fraternity. Tom Hanks, who starred in Green Mile alongside Duncan, said that he was "terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike," Washington Post reports. "He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of 'The Green Mile.' He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned." Olivia Munn posted a message on Twitter to pay tribute to the kind-hearted star, saying: "Michael Clarke Duncan always had a smile on his face & a big bear hug ready for you. My thoughts & prayers are with his family&friends. RIP."
Similarly, he was described by the talk show host Steve Harvey as "an incredible soldier in God's plan." Duncan may not have been the most prominent of Hollywood actors but it is clear that he has touched the lives of many that he has worked with over the years and will be remembered as a kind and gentle man.