Freeman on Wanted and The Dark Knight

Feast of Love is just one of the many projects Morgan Freeman has recently taken part in and at the press day for MGM’s drama, Hype! talked to the Academy Award winner about his upcoming comic book films, Wanted and The Dark Knight.

CS/SHH!: Can you talk about “Wanted” and “The Dark Knight”?

Freeman: “Wanted” is directed by a Russian director whose name is Timur Bekmambetov. Timur, sweet man and is an interesting director. Is the first foreign director that I’ve ever worked with. It was an interesting experience to play in a movie that is described as a graphic novel. It comes from some place I don’t know. I’m very, very curious to see how it works out.

CS/SHH!: Can you talk about your character?

Freeman: My character is not easily defined even by me who is a master of character definition. I play a guy who ostensibly heads up a fraternity of brotherhood of assassins. It’s like a guild of assassins. By guild we mean that it’s old. It’s been around for a long time. And they have peculiar abilities. In other words, one guy shoots a rifle from five miles away and hits his target. There’s no straight line in five miles. Is that informative?

CS/SHH!: What was it like working with James McAvoy?

Freeman: Great. He’s a hard working kid. Maybe too hard. By that I just mean he can over act, but this is an action movie and he got a little ill. But we were in Prague so I don’t really know. I remember working in Bulgaria, I also had the same affliction that he came down with. It was like an ear infection that’s really debilitating. Had something to do with the water I’m sure.

CS/SHH!: An ear infection from the water?

Freeman: Yeah, I was submerged in an icy stream for awhile.

CS/SHH!: On “Wanted”?

Freeman: No, on another picture called “The Contract,” which never opened here.

CS/SHH!: What was Angelina Jolie like?

Freeman: What do you want me to say? Something good or something bad?

CS/SHH!: Whatever you would like to say.

Freeman: First I’m going to say something bad. She’s already taken. She’s an excellent person. Excellent actress. A joy to be with, a joy to work with. She comes by it honestly. Whatever it is, she’s got it.

CS/SHH!: Did she bring her family to the set?

Freeman: Oh yeah. They were all there. Brad is between so they stayed together as much as possible. He was there. I used to sing to her.

CS/SHH!: What did you sing?

Freeman: (Singing) Angelina will you get up? She answered back I am not able. Angelina will you get up we need the sheets for the table. She laughed just like that.

CS/SHH!: What were your experiences like working on the Batman sequel?

Freeman: The sequel. Alec Guinness remarked one time that he made more money on those two [Star Wars] movies that he was just featured in than he’d made in his whole career and had little or nothing to do. That’s what it’s like.

CS/SHH!: Have you finished your part?

Freeman: I haven’t finished. I’ve got one more day. I travel all the way to Hong Kong to do it.

Wanted hits theaters on March 28, followed by The Dark Knight on July 18.

Source: Heather Newgen