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Nearly 690,000 viewers have already seen the viral video of Hanks' bittersweet speech celebrating the life of his late The Green Mile co-star. Duncan died Sept. 3 at the age of 54 due to complications stemming from a heart attack he suffered in July.
In his talk, Hanks recalled an anecdote Duncan had told him about growing up on the impoverished South Side of Chicago. Assuming the 6-foot-5, 300 lb. actor's deep voice, Hanks plunged into the story.
The brief history of Duncan's adolescence goes like this: Duncan, then a teen, wanted to join a gang like the rest of his South Side peers, but when his mama found out, she went after him with her frying pan and forced MCD to give up his misguided plan and to denounce his troublemaking new acquaintances.
"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," Hanks said.
The day of Duncan's death, Hanks released a touching statement expressing his grief. "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. 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."
Watch Hanks' eulogy below!