It was an honor to be portrayed by the golden-voiced Morgan Freeman. That man could read the phone book and make it sound interesting. You are now reading this entry with my voice, in your head. Well my my, isn't that something.
(reading from a phone book) "5-5-5, 3-4-9-2." Mmmm... just listen to that rich molasses.
Morgan Freeman is God note
(yes, literally, see image). His distinctive and authoritative voice and his calm, measured tones lend dignity and gravitas to pretty much everything he says. And yes, we DO mean everything. See the page quote if you don't believe us. The comforting qualities of his voice
are only equalled by Stephen Fry
(and maybe David Attenborough
). Watching them have a conversation in a blues club
is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
The quintessential Magical Negro
actor, Freeman is probably best known for his roles as God in Bruce Almighty
and Evan Almighty
, Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Saga
, and was the narrator
of March of the Penguins
and the The War of the Worlds
remake. Other roles include in Driving Miss Daisy
, The Shawshank Redemption
, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
, and Million Dollar Baby
, for which he won the 2004 Oscar
for Best Supporting Actor. Considering he spent years trying to live down his roles of "Easy Reader" and "Vincent the Vegetable Vampire" on The Electric Company
, he's not complaining. He also played the President of the United States in Deep Impact
, and the President of South Africa (that would be Nelson Mandela) in Invictus
. (Interestingly, South Africa is also the setting of his only film as a director to date, 1993's Bopha!
). Since early 2010, he has performed the voice over spiel in the open of the CBS Evening News
, replacing a 2006 spiel done by Walter Cronkite, who died a few months prior. He is also voice of Visa in the commercials, most notably those done for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2012 Summer Olympics
, and the Super Bowl
. He's the host of Through the Wormhole
on The Science Channel, a show which hopes to tackle some of the greater mysteries of life and existence. If anyone can explain it, it's Morgan Freeman.
He also participated in Ken Burns
' documentary The Civil War
, voicing Frederick Douglass and several other Black writers of the era. He also lent his golden voice to The LEGO Movie
as Vitruvius, which is his first and only non-narrator voice-over role in an animated film to date.
He is now the "voice" of Disney
's Hall of Presidents attraction, a fact that threatens to actually make that attraction cool.
Also, see this xkcd
comic, this Folly and Innovation
strip, as well as this
parody of The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
. And, according to Joe Loves Crappy Movies
, even the guys want him
Not to be mistaken for a relative of Gordon Freeman
, as awesome and bearded as they both are. (By proxy, John Freeman
is also out.) Neither so with Robert Freeman
, as much as they fit the description of a Cool Old Guy
and a Badass Grandpa
. Nor with Martin Freeman
, although seeing these two actors in same film playing long lost relatives would be awesome
(What? It's not like that sort of thing hasn't been done before
). Nor with Crispin Freeman
. Nor with Milton Friedman
, although having Morgan Freeman read some of his works would make them a lot easier to get through.