For Immediate Release:
23 May 2012
Sachin Bangera +91 9820122561;
Benazir Suraiya +9122 40727382; BenazirS@petaindia.org
Angeles-Three years ago, Michael
Clarke Duncan, star of The Green Mile and The
Finder, was eating a lot of meat—and he was feeling very sick. So when he
turned 51, Duncan decided to try going vegetarian. He was so impressed by his improved
health—and his lighter conscience—that the decision stuck. And now, Duncan is
showing off his stronger-than-ever physique in a new ad campaign for PETA US
that proclaims, "I Am Michael Clarke Duncan, and I Am a Vegetarian."
The ad, attached, was shot by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree.
"The best thing about being a
vegetarian for me, number one is I know I'm not harming any animals,"
Duncan explained in an exclusive PETA US interview. "The number two thing
is increased strength. I'm a lot stronger than I was when I was eating
meat." Duncan elaborates: "Most of your most powerful animals in the
wild are vegetarian, so I'm trying to get my strength to that level. I don't
know if I'll make it or not, but elephants are vegetarians. They're pretty big,
addition to countering a few myths about protein ("Don't think that you
have to have these gigantic steaks to get your protein. … The protein you put
in from the beans, legumes, fresh fruits, and vegetables will last way longer,
and you'll get more out of it than you will in that 12 ounces of meat"),
the Oscar nominee also opened up about the video—PETA US' "Meet Your Meat"—that changed his perspective on
eating and talked about the 11 animals, including six cats and two dogs, who
make up part of his family.
joins a growing list of celebrities—including Sir
Paul McCartney, Alec
Baldwin, Casey Affleck, Russell Simmons, Cloris Leachman, Joaquin Phoenix, Forest Whitaker, and Alicia Silverstone—who
have teamed up with PETA US to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.
of the ad is attached. Broadcast-quality video footage is available for
download here. For more information and to view the ad and
interview, please visit PETA.org.
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