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Tom Hanks became emotional at his friend Michael Clarke Duncan's memorial service on September 10, while recalling a hilarious story his Green Mile co-star had told him about joining a gang as a youth in Chicago.
Hanks used impersonations of Duncan to help illustrate the tale. Duncan told him that there was a particular gang that distinguished themselves from others by dying a patch of their afro red. To join the gang you had to survive a 20-minute beating.
Duncan said he survived the beating no problem, got his red patch of hair, then went home to show his mama.
His mother, who is a lady of small stature was cooking dinner. She asked her son why he had a red patch of hair in his head. He told her it was because he had just joined a gang.
Before he knew what happened his mama had hit him upside the head with a frying pan, sending pork chops flying. She told Duncan, who by then was crying hysterically to go borrow a pair of scissors from his sister and cut that red patch of hair out of his head. Then go down the street and tell that gang he wouldn't be joining them after all.
Duncan did as he was told, then heads down the street with a bald patch in his afro. He finds the gang and tells them his mother said he couldn't join.
Hanks said he asked Duncan what happened next and Duncan told him they beat the crap out him again for another 20 minutes.
"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.