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Though Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan had many friends in Hollywood, he and explosion-loving director Michael Bay had a special relationship. Bay gave Duncan his first major movie role in 1998, casting the former bodyguard as a driller in Armageddon. Duncan would go on to star in films and TV series like Sin City, The Finder, and, most notably, The Green Mile. The actor passed away yesterday.

Action auteur Bay penned a moving ode to his fallen friend on his website yesterday — proving, once more, that the guy really does know how to tug at our heartstrings. Bay begins by remembering how he and his team discovered Duncan:

Bay also fondly recalls Duncan’s “infectious spirit and great belly laugh” before telling another story about the future Green Mile star:

“I’m really sad to lose him,” Bay concludes. “Rest in peace buddy.”

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