Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman is one of America’s most esteemed, respected and recognizable actors; especially his distinctive speaking voice. His stature and dignified fashion, both on-screen and off, is one that leads filmmakers in Hollywood to cast the socially active actor in many roles of distinction such as President of the United States in the 1998 film “Deep Impact”.
In his latest film, “London Has Fallen”, Freeman once again finds himself portraying a pivotal head of state as Vice President Allan Trumbull calling the shots in the White House Situation Room while an international crisis unfolds overseas in London. In this action packed sequel to 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen”, Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning who is specially assigned to guard U.S. President Benjamin Asher, played by Aaron Eckhart. Angela Bassett also reprises her role as Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs.
In the film, President Asher, Banning and Jacobs are part of a delegation that travels to London to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister who has died unexpectedly. However, the solemn occasion turns into a chaotic and deadly one when terrorists stage an horrific multi pronged attack on the city, killing several international heads of state in the process; and are intent on capturing and killing President Asher online before a worldwide audience. It’s up to Banning to save the President’s life against overwhelming odds as the city of London seems to be in complete control by the terrorists.
During a recent press junket at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Freeman met with numerous members of the domestic and foreign press to discuss his role in this exciting new film and many other topics. Freeman loves to discuss issues of substance; as well as display a wry sense of humor when appropriate.
During this video interview, and others he conducted with the press, Freeman chatted not only about his role in “London Has Fallen”; but also topics as wide ranging as racism, the current Oscar color controversy, what he would do if he were President and his passion for flying. Aviation is something near and dear to this 78-year old actor, who gained his private pilot’s license at the age of 65.
For Morgan Freeman, nothing is impossible; whether it’s being a fictional President or a real one… or learning to fly a jet past the so-called age of retirement. Morgan Freeman is truly an exceptional actor and man.
“London Has Fallen” opens March 4.