Robert Traylor's heart betrayed him

Updated: May 12, 2011, 1:44 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

In 2003, I spent several hours with Robert "Tractor" Traylor while he was filming an independent movie in Detroit that was based on stories from one of the city's most notorious housing projects.

Traylor was playing the role of an evil cocaine dealer named "Panther." As I watched Traylor fumble his lines numerous times, it struck me as funny that someone 6-foot-8, 284 pounds was totally incapable of playing a menacing guy.

"This is something totally different for me because ...

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