Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, producer, and narrator. 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).
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The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we'll do it for nothing. That's a basic fact - you gotta do it.
Life doesn't offer you promises whatsoever so it's very easy to become, 'Whatever happened to... ?' It's great to be wanted. I spent a few years not being wanted and this is better.
Self-control is strength. Calmness is mastery. You have to get to a point where your mood doesn't shift based on the insignificant actions of someone else. Don't allow others to control the direction of your life. Don't allow your emotions to overpower your intelligence.
There's no mystery to it. Nothing more complicated than learning lines and putting on a costume.
I can only be so long without work before I start getting antsy.
I was told that I was good in my dance movement classes and that I should concentrate on dance because it would enhance my ability to get acting work.
One thing that defines humans: if we can imagine it, we can do it.
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death.
A scientist sounds like a scientist because the things that come out of their mouth don't stumble, that's all. If they [said], "And the, um, a microwave, uh," you know, then you don't sound right, but if you can just get it out without stumbling then you're going to sound fine.
When I was getting close to being accepted for pilot training, I was allowed to get in a jet airplane. I sat there looking at all those switches and dials and I got the distinct feeling that I was sitting in the nose of bomb. I realized my fantasies of flying and fighting were just that - fantasies.
The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.
All my life, all my life that I can, as far back as I can remember, I saw my first movie when I was six years old. And since then I wanted to do that. I wanted to be a part of that.
Every job's a challenge. The challenge is to do it and make it look right, like you belong there - wherever that is.
I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.
Jealousy is a good indication that you are doing things the right way. People never get jealous of losers.
I would never complain that Hollywood is racist when I'm one of the people touted as a welcome entity there.
Is there a movie I think I should have won the Oscar for? Yeah. All of them.
Growing up in Mississippi, I realized that it was separate and unequal and all that, but it was still a safe place.
How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.
Most of the time it's the role. Sometimes it's the story and sometimes it just the paycheck. It's the little movies that come out as stories or the fact that I have work to go out, you know what I'm saying, you can only be out so long without work, you start getting antsy.
It's acting. I go in, I act, I quit. I don't take anything away from it.
I have four children and nine grandchildren. I'm presently wearing out my second wife.
Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.
If you're playing somebody who is not you, then you can imagine that you are that person. You can feel like he feels, move like he moves, look like he looks - in your own mind.
I grew up in the South but I started dancing in my twenties when I got out of the Air Force, and studying dance, you're surrounded by gay guys all the time. You get to know them and you have to shift gears!
When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I'd discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater.
I feel fine, I don't care who the director is.
All you have to do is know what your doing - all of us - everybody in the business - that's all you ask anyone - you know your job, I know mine, let's go do it.
I've been living with myself all of my life, so I know all of me.
So when I watch me, all I see is me. It's boring.
My roots were pretty far removed from high income.
It's interesting to be back there at the level of income I have now, at this stage in my life.
You're going to relegate my history to a month.
If your life turns out to be good and you have a tremendous amount of luck in your life, it's a good thing to turn around and make it work for others.
Just that working with Clint again is like coming home.
The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.
And some places you been before are so great that you don't ever mind going back. Some places you been before you don't ever want to go back, you know, like Montreal in the Winter.
My approach to acting is that I am totally intuitive.
I read the script and I get it. If I don't get it, I can't do it.
I have never acted he has never been cast in a romantic lead or has been cast opposite a female love interest in any movie he starred in.
So we say, oh, my goodness; we think we've found another Earth-like planet. We will start trying to figure out how to get there. And I have this strong belief that whatever we think we can do, whatever we can dream, we can do.
I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.
I don't know what my favorite film of mine is.
.. But I think the most important film I was in was 'Glory'.
I never think about awards or anything like that when I do a job.
I was first named a best actor when I was 12 years old and it doesn't really mean anything when you get down to it, because there is no best. I don't get all that involved. My chest puffs up as much as I can puff it up but I am not trying to be better than the person I am acting with. I am trying to be at least as good. That's how it works.
As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.
Look at, look, the Tea Partiers, who are controlling the Republican Party.
...Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What's, what does that, what underlines that? 'Screw the country. We're going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here... It is a racist thing.
People hear that and say I'm being modest, but I am not a modest person, but I have to be truthful about what I'm doing and what I'm doing is channeling.
I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you.
But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.
I understand that when Gary Oldman was in that suit [Batman], sweat would just drip off of him where they had to have holes in the gloves or something.
My job, personally, is to do as much as I can to spread the warning that if we're not careful, it will end. The problem is, we don't think beyond our immediate needs.
Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, 'Well, I'm tired of climbing this hill. I'm never going to get to the top.' And you're only two steps from the top.
It seems to me that I never grow unless I'm actually working with other actors who have shed whatever shell it is that keeps them insulated from each other.
I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors.
Someone's going to put the clothes on you, and part of being an actor is wearing costumes. Costumes tell you an awful lot about who you are, so you just, it's nothing.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
I'm not intimidated by lead roles. I'm better in them. I don't feel pressure. I feel released at times like that. That's what I'm born to do.
I don't have to do anything. The character is shaped on the page.
I gravitate towards gravitas.
This kid came up with Napster, and before that, none of us thought of content protection.