Morgan Freeman is never one to shy away from a good role, especially one that involves him saving the world. So, when the opportunity came for Oscar-winning actor to reunite with his fellow cast mates from the hit 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen, he leaped at the opportunity. Freeman returns alongside Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart in the action thriller sequel, London Has Fallen.
This time around, Freeman has been upgraded to Vice President and is put in the situation room where he must make rash decisions to not only save his Country and the President but, the world. The plot centers around all of the world’s leaders who are in London for the funeral of the British prime minister and Gerard Butler’s Secret Service hero Mike Banning is the first to recognize that a massive assassination conspiracy is in the works. For the terrorist, Barkawi (Alon Moni Aboutboul), his attack is personal, and he wants the head of the American president, who’s unaccounted for after the first wave of explosions cripple the British capital and kill several world leaders.
The evil terrorist doesn’t know what he’s up against when he messes with the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) with Freeman’s VP, Allan Trumbull, on the case!
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1937, Freeman has been entertaining us for as long as he can remember! He made his acting debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play. He then attended Broad Street High School, a building which serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood, Mississippi.At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force and served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.
After four years in the military, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse and dancing lessons in San Francisco in the early 1960s and worked as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College. During this period, Freeman also lived in New York City, working as a dancer at the 1964 World’s Fair, and in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Opera Ring musical theater group. He acted in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and also appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker. Freeman made his off-Broadway debut in 1967 before debuting on Broadway in 1968’s all-black version of Hello, Dolly! which also starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.
Although his first credited film appearance was in 1971’s Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow?, Freeman got his break as part of the cast of the 1970s children’s program The Electric Company. He soon began to make a name for himself on the big screen and gained recognition and fame for his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, and Glory (both in 1989). In 1994, he portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption.
Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby(2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Invictus(2009). Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Seven (1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Lego Movie (2014), and Lucy (2014). He is known for his distinctively smooth, deep voice. Morgan Freeman is ranked as the 4th highest box office star with over $4.316 billion total box office gross, an average of $74.4 million per film.
To add to Morgan Freeman’s long list of acting accomplishments, you can now include voice navigator to his resume. Freeman is the latest celebrity voice to be added to Google’s free navigation app, Waze. So now you can rely on Freeman’s dulcet tones to get you where you need to go. The voice feature is a marketing tie-in for London Has Fallen. Freeman addresses the driver as if they’re the president, and he’s the Vice President – so be sure not to make any wrong turns.
Morgan Freeman recently sat down with members of the press to discuss his role in London Has Fallen, why he really wanted to come back for the sequel and his excitement over his next project.
London Has Fallen hits theatres on March 4th.