Shocking loss for ‘Soul Men’ movie

By Christina Michaluk
August 28, 2008

Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes who are to appear in the upcoming film “Soul Men” have passed away.

On Saturday Aug. 9, Mac died from pneumonia. Complications arose causing the condition to worsen.

The following day newscasters reported that Mac’s “Soul Men” co- star Hayes was found collapsed in his home and then pronounced dead.

Hayes was known to have many recent medical problems.

The cause of his death has not been released. He was 65-years- old.

The movie will be released on its original date Nov. 14.

“Soul Men” is about two R&B soul singers who are formerly estranged.

They reunite when they find out that their band leader has passed away.

The men come together to pay their respects for their friend.

Malcolm Lee, director of “Soul Men,” said in a USA Today interview, “It had to be some sort of a bad dream that these two giants would die on the same weekend, both in my movie.”

This is one of the last movie appearances for Hayes and Mac. Mac has a comedy that is due out sometime next year.

It was a project where he teamed up with Robin Williams.

Rumors that the film will be dedicated to both of the deceased actors are surfacing.

Lee says he feels pressure to create a farewell that would fit the level of performances that both men gave throughout the movie.

Hayes was best known for the “Shaft” theme song that he wrote.

The theme song later won an Academy Award.

Hayes made a significant mark on the music community.

In 1997, Hayes made his debut on the hit animated television show “South Park.”

Hayes played the character of Chef. He parted ways with the show in 2006.

Hayes’ co- star Mac was known for his witty and hilarious stand- up comedy acts.

He has appeared in films such as “Friday,” “Bad Santa” and “Mr. 3000.”

Mac starred on “The Bernie Mac Show,” which ran for five seasons on Fox.

He received two Emmy nominations for his role on the show.

Mac appeared with the Def Comedy Jam for two shows and performed with the Original Kings of Comedy; both shows for HBO.

His most recent roles included “Ocean’s Eleven,” its sequels and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”

The news of both tragic deaths quickly spread throughout the entertainment circle.

Both men left behind their wives and children.

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