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Surrounded by family, friends and more than a few famous guests, Michael Clarke Duncan was laid to rest in Los Angeles this week.

And while it was a somber occasion – with loved ones mourning the loss of an Oscar-nominated actor who died from respiratory failure brought on by a heart attack a couple weeks ago – for all who knew Duncan, Tom Hanks found a few moments of humor at the memorial service.

The star, who acted opposite Duncan in The Green Mile, shared a story about a young “Big Mike” and how his attempt to join a local gang was thwarted by his mother. It’s great, moving stuff.

Watch Hanks deliver the tale now:

Tom Hanks at Michael Clarke Duncan Memorial Service