Duncan loves first big TV role
Michael Clarke Duncan as Leo Knox in The Finder. Picture: Ten.

While he's been better known for his big-screen work, Michael Clarke Duncan relished his first starring television role.

In The Finder, a spin-off from the forensic show Bones, Duncan plays Leo Knox, a rather Zen minder and legal adviser to an eccentric Walter Sherman (played by Geoff Stults), an Iraqi war vet who has an uncanny knack for finding lost people and things.

After various guest appearances on television, the 54-year-old said working as a primary cast member was a totally new experience and he was delighted to be working with Stults.

"It's very, very good. I love what I do," Duncan said in that deep, rumbling and calming voice that could make a shopping list interesting.

"It has surprised me because I have been a more serious type of actor but I do have a comedic side to me. It has just never come out as much as in this show and that's one of the things I am really enjoying."

The towering Duncan (196cm) started working in LA as a bodyguard 16 years ago while trying to get acting work. He worked for celebrities like Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and The Notorious B.I.G.

A year later Duncan was cast in Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with Bruce Willis.

He won Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for The Green Mile and appeared in a string of movies.

Of Stults, he said he's as funny off-set as he is on-screen. It's their chemistry that has made the show such fun to be a part of. With December birthdays within three days of each other, they clicked.

The often socially inept Walter apparently gets the "goofy stuff" when it comes to clothes too. Leo, who owns the Florida bar in the show which acts as a makeshift office, dons the "handsome" threads and hats.

"Leo is a very cool and worldly character," he said. "He knows lots about life and considers Walter the brother he never had and his whole family. He owes Walter his life. Leo does yoga and is always reading his many books."

Duncan said the show's creator and executive producer Hart Hanson, who is also behind Bones, was instrumental in making him want to work on the show, allowing him a large amount of free reign to develop Leo's gentle giant of a character.

"I was in and out of movies and I wanted something a little more solid where I could go to work every day and get to work and challenge myself mentally," he said. "This was a chance to express a character every day and every day I get to make him better." <div class="endnote">

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The West Australian

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