Shaq Says He Turned Down Michael Clarke Duncan's Iconic 'The Green Mile' Role
© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
While on the "The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast" this week, Shaquille O'Neal revealed that he was initially offered the role of John Coffey in "The Green Mile," who was played by Michael Clarke Duncan...

"I didn't want to play the down-South African American guy during slavery," Shaq explained. "I didn't want to play that role."

Shaq, who was still with the Lakers in '99, added he has no regrets over it all -- especially considering Duncan shined in the part.

"The guy who played it did a wonderful job," Shaq says, "He's no longer with us, he passed away. Michael Clarke Duncan did an excellent job."

"I think I made the right decision because he did way better than I could have done," Shaq said. "But, I got offered that role."

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Would have been a terrible movie. Glad he turned it down.
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I like Shaq, he is a great human. So glad things went this way, that role gave MCD a legacy before he died because he nailed it.
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“Don’t you put that evil on me, Tommy Hanks.” - Shaq
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Didn't know there was slavery in the 1930's, interesting
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No. No he didn’t.
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I’m trying to imagine Shaq in that role. Literally laugh out loud funny.
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During slavery??
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That role was way out of Shaw’s league
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Love Shaq but he is no actor
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Shaq turned it down because he did not want to eat 100k German cockroaches, for that "Puke the roaches" scene.
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Michael Clarke Duncan nailed that part so great.
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He was fantastic in that role
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