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Please boss, don't put that thing on my face. Don't put me in the dark. I's afraid of the dark.
~ John Coffey's last words and his most famous quote.
I'm tired, boss. Tired of being on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. I'm tired of never having me a buddy to be with, to tell me where we's going to, coming from, or why. Mostly, I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world every day. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head, all the time... Can you understand?
~ John Coffey to Paul Edgecomb.
He killed them with their love. That's how is every day all over the world.
~ John Coffey shortly before getting electrocuted and his bid farewell to Paul Edgecomb
John Coffey is the deuteragonist of the 1996 Stephen King book and 1999 movie, The Green Mile.
He was played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan, who also voiced Tug in Disney’s Brother Bear.
In 1935, Coffey was imprisoned in the Cold Mountain Penitentiary in Louisiana, charged with the rape and murder of 2 young white girls. But he's really polite, cordial, and emotional. He also has powers of light and good, the ability to heal others, using it on Paul Edgecomb to cure his bladder infection, and the cancer-infected wife of Warden Hal Moores, head of the death row prison. Coffey's explanation of his powers is that he "took it back".
Towards the end, William Wharton, another incarcerated criminal, grabs Coffey's arm with futility and John Coffey sees that Wharton is actually responsible for the rape and killing of the two girls. When corrupt prison guard Percy Wetmore gets released from his punishment, Coffey seizes him and regurgitates the warden's wife's disease into him, making him permanently catatonic, and Wetmore shoots and kills Wharton. Coffey shows Edgecomb the truth.
After Wetmore is admitted into Briar Ridge Mental Hospital as a patient, Edgecomb asks Coffey what he wants him to do and Coffey explains to Edgecomb that he wants to be executed and die so he can finally rest in peace from the cruelty and pain of the world. But he does want to watch a movie before he dies, which he does.
Powers and Abilities
Healing: John has the power to take away diseases, but either must take them on himself or transfer it to another person.
Resurrection: John possesses the power to reverse death if he does in a time shortly after death occurs.
Mind Reading: John possesses mind reading through touching, where he can see a person's past if he lays his hands on him/her.
Longevity Bestowal: John possesses an energy that, if transmitted to someone, he can give them an extremely long lifespan.
Massive Strength: John is an extremely large, strong and powerful man, standing at least 7 foot and weighing over 500 lbs; his strength far exceeds an average human.
Coffey has a hulking physical body similar to the descriptions that were said of the Greek mythology hero Herakles (Hercules).