*Within the realm of movies, Morgan Freeman has done and seen and done it all.
So much so that the 76-year-old Oscar winner is going a different route with his upcoming big screen outing in “The Lego Movie.”
Freeman recently shared his thoughts on that film as well as God, Satan and the late Nelson Mandela with The Daily Beast:
The Daily Beast: You’re a Hollywood legend at this point and can probably do as you please, so what attracted you to The Lego Movie?
Freeman: Well, it’s a misapprehension that I’m at some point where I can do whatever I feel like doing. It’s not so. I’m like all other actors in that I’m always looking for work. In this case, doing something like this, I always just get a call from the studio. That’s what happened here—I just got a call from the studio. “Would you do it?
Your character in the film is also a wizard/guru-type, and you’ve also played God. Is there a character you’re really dying to play?
There is, and has been for maybe six years now. After God, I think I should play Satan. Remember when Al Pacino played Satan in The Devil’s Advocate? Like that. I think that God and the Devil are one. They’re not one in the same, but they’re in the same body, and it depends on which one of them surfaces.
I feel we’ve become a parasite on this planet. That’s like saying you don’t believe in God, but yes, if this population keeps growing, we’ll just keep devouring the planet.”
So you’re saying we all have God and Satan inside us.
You had the luxury of playing the late, great Nelson Mandela in Invictus. What are your thoughts on his legacy?
There have been maybe one or two people with the kind of power that Mandela had, and it’s really a mental power that he had—a control over himself, and his emotions; his dedication to what he believed in. And what he believed in most was human compassion. When he went in to Robben Island, he made up his mind that he was going to survive it. He said, “They’re going to call me ‘Mister Mandela’ in there,” and sure enough, that’s what happened. The way he did that was he turned the guards from real mean people to people who were more concerned, and he did that by being concerned for them. He’d ask them about their families, their sick children, and gradually, people responded to that. That was his weapon.
It’s very hard to be righteous in a situation like that.
I think that’s why we look upon him with such reverence, because that’s not an easy thing to do. But he did it.
To read Freeman’s complete interview with The Daily Beast, where he talks about his favorite hobbies and reflects on “12 Years a Slave” and his favorite films of the past year, click here.