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Paul Edgecomb is the main protagonist of the Stephen King book and 1999 movie, The Green Mile.

He was portrayed as a younger man by Tom Hanks, who also portrayed the title character in Forrest Gump, John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and Woody in the Toy Story franchise, and as an old man by Dabbs Greer (in his final film).

History

In the 1990s, Edgecomb is living at a Louisana nursing home and shares his past with his friend, Elaine. When he was 44, he was a guard, who worked at Cold Mountain Penitentary and met John Coffey. Coffey healed his bladder infection, brought Del's mouse back to life, and even investigates John Coffey. He has several conflicts with sadistic guard Percy Wetmore, as well as murderer William Wharton. Edgecomb finally finds his back bone when he punishes Wetmore later in the story.

He and the other heroes take Coffey to the Moores residence, where Coffey heals and takes away Melinda, warden's wife and heroine, cancer infection. In the movie, Coffey shows Edgecomb what Wharton did and that Coffey was indeed wrongly accused and convicted of the crime he was sent to deathrow for. In the book, Coffey never did show Edgecomb what happened but through Edgecomb's investigation if you like with John Coffey he puts it all together that Coffey is innocent. Desparately Edgecomb asks John what he wants him to do and offers him an option of escaping. But Coffey turns Edgecomb's offer down and says he's ready to die and be free of the endless pain and suffering of the world we live in and instead asks if he can watch a movie, which he does.

When Coffey touches Edgecomb, he extended his life beyond his friends and family. Edgecomb explains that after Coffey's execution, he and Brutal, guard and hero, quit their jobs at Cold Mountain and transfer to a youth detention center. Mr. Jingles, mouse and hero, has his life extended too and Edgecomb and Elaine visit him. Even though Edgecomb thinks that his living a really long time is a curse he thinks that meeting Coffey is a blessing.

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