Role Recall: Morgan Freeman Narrates His Own Journey Through ‘Glory,’ ‘Shawshank,’ and More
Morgan Freeman in 'Glory,' 'Shawshank Redemption' and 'Invictus' (Everett)
Few actors are as revered as the 76-year-old Oscar winner, and not only has he become one of Hollywood's greatest elder statesmen, he's also one of its most trusted voices.
That silky-smooth, incomparable delivery is on display again in two movies this month: He narrates the IMAX doc "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" (now in theaters), and we'll get to hear and see Freeman on screen again in the Johnny Depp-led mind-bender "Transcendence."
Freeman sat down with Yahoo Movies to talk about memories from the sets of his most beloved movies, which you can watch in two parts below.
"Street Smart" (1987): A passion project for Christopher Reeve (as Freeman explained, the red-hot actor said he'd only sign on to "Superman IV" if they let him make this character drama), this film marked Freeman's breakout role, and earned him his first of five Oscar nominations. As for his most clear-cut memory of working with Reeve, it was an easy one: "I cut his face," recalled Freeman, who played the volatile pimp Fast Black. A scene set in a car required Freeman to smash a bottle of Yoohoo and then thrust it toward Reeve's face. Freeman forced it too far, nicked his face, and suddenly Superman was bleeding. As for how responded: We'll just leave it at [expletive].
"Glory" (1989): "One of my favorite films to have taken part in," Freeman said; later he told us that that contrary to a "trivia fact" on IMBD, it's this war epic, not "Shawshank Redemption," that ranks as his single favorite. Freeman remains affected by Edward Zwick's retelling of the U.S. army's first all-black unit during The Civil War. "You can't really do anything in a movie to experience the harsh realities of war," he said of the production, before recounting one particularly shocking moment where a soldier gets decapitated by a cannonball. "You can show that, you can't experience it."
"Driving Miss Daisy" (1989): '89 was a good year for Mr. Freeman; not only did he star in "Glory," but he also earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for "Driving Miss Daisy," which would win Best Picture. Freeman recounted (and briefly reenacted) his favorite scene, the first meeting of Daisy (Jessica Tandy) and his Hoke Colburn, which finds her refusing to get in his car. "Precious moment," he said smiling.