The one and only Michael Clarke Duncan was laid to rest this week at Forest Lawn in Hollywood.  And while it was a sad occasion for all on hand and his millions of fans, it was also a time to celebrate the man’s extraordinary life.

One of the people who stood to speak about Duncan was his GREEN MILE co-star Tom Hanks, who told a story that did just that.  It was a story about why a teenage Duncan joined and then left a Chicago street gang within a matter of hours, and it had everyone in the room laughing at just how sweet the man really was.

Take a look at the video below, and smile as you also remember the gentle giant we all lost.