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Duncan teams up with Broken Lizard

Actor to star in comedy troupe's fifth film

Michael Clarke Duncan will star in comedy troupe Broken Lizard’s fifth film, “The Slammin’ Salmon.”

Movie is set in a Miami restaurant owned by Cleon “Slammin'” Salmon (Duncan), a brutal former heavyweight boxing champion who institutes a competition to see which waiter can earn the most money in one night. The winner stands to gain $10,000, while the loser will endure a beating at the hands of the champ.

Pic sees Broken Lizard returning to its indie roots. The band of comedians raised financing, wrote the screenplay and will co-star in the movie.

Kevin Heffernan makes his directorial debut on the feature, which began shooting this week in Los Angeles.

Broken Lizard’s Richard Perello is producing; Julia Dray and Peter E. Lengyel exec produce. Duncan, best known for dramatic roles in “The Green Mile,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Sin City,” took a comedic turn in last year’s Will Ferrell starrer “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”