One of the most common excuses most men give when veg folks ask them why shun a vegetarian diet is “there is not enough protein to maintain my muscle mass.” Enter 6-foot-5, musclebound actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who recently announced that he’s now following a vegetarian diet after apparently pinpointing meat as the cause for his numerous illnesses.
Duncan made his declaration with the help of the loudest animal-rights activist group in the nation, PETA. The Finder star will appear in PETA’s very popular vegetarian ad campaign, proclaiming “I Am Michael Clarke Duncan, and I Am a Vegetarian.”
Duncan’s muscular physique will definitely help change the perception of vegetarianism, moving from being thought of as a white, middle-class, slender woman’s lifestyle to an all-inclusive, multi-cultural axiom. More importantly, Duncan wants men to know that they can keep their muscle mass and feel great — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — all while living compassionately.
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 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, so …
Duncan joins Ricky Williams, Kenneth Williams, and the countless other black men who have embraced a vegetarian lifestyle and still been able to thrive athletically or professionally in their given craft.
Check out Michael Clarke Duncan’s PETA video below: