Tom Hanks Archives
The Green Mile

Character: Paul Edgecomb
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Written by: Frank Darabont
Produced by: Frank Darabont, David Valdes
Other cast: David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Bonnie Hunt
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Running time: 3h 9min

Paul Edgecomb walked the mile with a variety of cons. He had never encountered someone like John Coffey, a massive black man convicted of brutally killing a pair of young sisters. Coffey had the size and strength to kill anyone, but not the demeanor. Beyond his simple, naive nature and a deathly fear of the dark, Coffey seemed to possess a prodigious, supernatural gift. Paul began to question whether Coffey was truly guilty of murdering the two girls.


→ Miracles do happen.
→ Miracles happen in the most unexpected places.
→ Paul Edgecomb didn’t believe in miracles. Until the day he met one.
→ This is a story about a miracle where I work… The Green Mile.
→ Walk a mile you’ll never forget.


♦ Tom Hanks stayed in character as Paul Edgecomb whenever Stephen King visited the set. King asked him if he would like to sit in Old Sparky, but Hanks refused since he is in charge of the block.

Character’s Quotes

• On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
• I just can’t see God putting a gift like that in the hands of a man who would kill a child.