5 times Morgan Freeman has given us great advice
From driving directions to inspiring words of wisdom, Hollywood's most iconic voice is likely to endure for generations.
If there's one voice that can stir the soul, wet the eyes and summon the goosebumps, it's Morgan Freeman's. Since the mid-1960s, this icon of the screen and stage has given us inspiring performances in everything from "The Shawshank Redemption" to "Million Dollar Baby." With five Academy Award nominations (and one win), he's one of the most celebrated performers of our time.
Below are a handful of highlights from Morgan Freeman's career – mixing humor, inspiration and other words of wisdom from both off and on the screen. If life could be a film all its own, there's no doubt who we'd choose to handle the narration.
Turn-by-turn driving directions
For those who want the smooth, buttery undertones of Freeman's voice to guide them to the grocery store, real-time driving app Waze has you covered. For a limited time, the Israeli-founded and Google-acquired tech firm is featuring the 78-year-old as a voice-over guide.
The promotion is part of a tie-in with Freeman's latest film, which features him as the President of the United States. In the car, however, you're the Commander in Chief. The actor feeds you such lines as "The time has arrived, President Wazer. The world awaits your commands," and "You've arrived. It's been my honor and duty to see you through this mission." Picking up someone at the airport has never felt so official. Freeman's addition to the Waze lineup follows similar celebrity contributions from the likes of Stephen Colbert, C3PO and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Taking your last shot
In Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-winning drama "Million Dollar Baby," Freeman plays former boxer and assistant trainer Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris. After tragedy strikes one of the main characters, Dupris gives a solemn talk about the virtues of getting your one last shot at glory. The touching speech and its delivery was likely one of the big reasons Freeman scored a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role.
"I think in these characters, there is a level of pain of having lived through some pain and come out the other side with your philosophy in place," Freeman said in an interview. "Scrap, for instance, he's like all-accepting. He's not judgmental in terms of anybody else's situations or predicaments."
The secret to attracting the opposite sex
In a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan, Freeman revealed his personal secret for finding that perfect relationship. We won't give it completely away, but let's just say that respect is a huge component. The other? Patience.
Exceeding personal expectations
In yet another Academy Award-nominated role, Freeman played Nelson Mandela in "Invictus" alongside Matt Damon. The biographical sports drama focuses on the events in South Africa before and after the 1995 Rugby World Cup. In this scene, Freeman's character discusses the qualities of leadership and the inspiring ways leaders can encourage people to exceed their own expectations.
"Whenever we were in proximity, like a city away, I would know about it and I would go to him," Freeman said of his access to Mandela. "We'd have lunch, dinner or sit with him while he's waiting to go onstage for whatever. During that time, I would hold [his] hand. That's not for camaraderie. I find that if I hold your hand, it transfers an energy first. I have a sense of how you feel. That's important to me trying to become another person."
Declaring who you are
Morgan Freeman famously worked as a transcript clerk in the early 1960s, a career path that conflicted with his true desire to be an actor. As related in the video above, one day he decided that in order to do what he really wanted, he had to openly declare it. An inspiring lesson for anyone passionate about one thing, but stuck doing another.
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