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Coronji Calhoun

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Birth date, 1991(age 26)

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Coronji Calhoun (born 1991) is an American actor. He portrayed Tyrell, the morbidly obese son of Lawrence and Leticia Musgrove in the 2001 movie Monster's Ball.

"Perhaps one of the most affecting performances of the year was given by a 10-year-old Louisiana fourth-grader who has never acted before or studied the craft," commented Variety reporter Christopher Grove. Indeed, many people were particularly moved by—and concerned with—the youth who played Tyrell Musgrove. Calhoun was chosen from an open casting call, and was paid the minimum union scale for his work. He also suffered demonstrably from obesity. Tyrell's chocolate addiction was based on his hunger for his absent father.

In a feature interview by columnist Paul Fischer, Berry discussed working with Coronji, including the scene where she as Leticia strikes him for hiding candy. "Marc (the director) and I were talking to him, saying this is just a movie, and I kept saying, everything I do and say, it's not real. I really think you're wonderful. And he said, 'Well, whatever you do to me, Halle Berry, it isn't going to be worse than what the kids at school do to me.'"

On the film's website, which has since been removed, Coronji was described as being a normal child who enjoyed playing basketball and video games and who liked to dance. Still others suggested that something more should have been done for the boy by giving him a scholarship or a commemorative trust fund for his work. As Tyrell, Coronji poignantly brought his own experience about being fat, sensitive and artistic to the screen.

Coronji Calhoun was listed as missing on a Web site seeking to find and reunite survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It was later revealed that he was living some 25 miles outside of New Orleans in a town that sustained little damage from the hurricane.

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