*When Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) speaks, everybody listens.
Freeman can currently be heard narrating the documentary adventure, “Born to be Wild 3D,” an inspired story of love, dedication and the bond between humans and animals.
Captured in IMAX® 3D, “Born to be Wild 3D,” focuses on two women who have gone above and beyond to care for, rescue and protect animals.
World-renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, who deals with orangutans and operates out of the lush rainforests of Borneo and elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, who lives in the rugged Kenyan savannah are featured in the documentary and talk about how they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return the animals back to the wild.
It’s a heartwarming and heartbreaking documentary that pulls back the curtain on the survival of orangutans and elephants in the wild.
“Born To Be Wild” is playing exclusively in IMAX® theaters.
I caught up with Morgan Freeman recently to discuss the documentary and why he got involved:
Q: You also narrated “March of the Penguins.” Do you gravitate to these kinds of films?
A: Yes and no. You get calls to do narrations, lots of them. And then once in a while a project comes along that, to use an over use word, “resonates”. When that happens, there you are. You go with it. What is it about, what good is it, what use is it to anybody?
Q: You must have thought the subject was important.
A: This particular project is extremely important and worth doing. It highlights two women whose work and dedication should be trumpeted.
Q: It’s an eye-opening documentary.
A: We’re not aware as people what we’re doing. We’re just blithely going along killing off habitats. We’re killing off so that we can have more room and more food. There is an inherent danger there that we need to publicize and bring to light. If we keep going, we’re going to be eliminating ourselves. We’re going to pay the price for that. People think we’re dominate, so were dinosaurs.
Q: Has this movie changed your opinions on how you feel about zoos?
A: No, I long ago lost my childhood fascination with zoos. Game preserves are bad enough. Zoos are inhuman. They’re not for animals, they are for us to look at. A tiger cooped up in a cage, there is nothing good about it.
Q. What did you learn about orangutans?
A: I’ve learned we were pushing them out of their natural habitat.
Q. Do you watch the film while narrating?
A: No, there were no visuals while narrating.
It’s hard to look up and read, I saw the film before I narrated.
Q: What did you think of the film?
A: I think they did an outstanding job. The photography was outstanding. The story of these ladies is so important.
Q: What causes are close to your heart?
A: This is one.
Q: How long did you work on this project?
A: It took me about an hour and a half. I’d like to say it was difficult work, but it isn’t.
Q. Are you interested in getting up close and personal with the animals highlighted in this documentary?
A: I’m an actor. That’s all I do. I’m not going to the jungle.
Q. Do you ever plan to visit the parks in the films?
A: First opportunity, I’m there.
David Lickley (“Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees”) directed the film, which documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time. The film was written and produced by Drew Fellman.
Rated G, “Born to be Wild 3D” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Filmed Entertainment.
Darlene Donloe is an entertainment journalist based in Southern california. Contact her at [email protected].