Coronji Calhoun

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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.

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