Morgan Freeman on politics and the movies

Hollywood veteran Morgan Freeman has been talking about continuing to find a challenge in acting, even at the age of 75. Promoting The Dark Knight Rises, Freeman is not finding that the roles are drying up.

"What keeps anyone going?" he said in an interview with The Guardian. "I have work. I have things to do. I prefer working to idleness. And I like my job. I'm lucky, I'm not working because I have to; I'm working because I love to."

Recalling recent roles, he was particularly proud of his work in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, playing Nelson Mandela, not least because the former South African president chose Freeman himself. The actor and the freedom fighter became friends.

"When he published Long Walk To Freedom he was asked who would you want to play you in the movie? And he said: 'Morgan Freeman' Which was pretty nice of him, I thought. So I met him at his house in Jo'burg. I said: 'If we do this, I'm going to need to have access to you, to be close enough to hold your hand.' So every time we were in any kind of proximity or I had a shot at being around him for a while, we sat down together."

Freeman laments the continued hounding of President Obama and fears that the frenzied campaign to ensure he is not re-elected could put American society back a generation. "If he loses, it simply proves what you always feared, that democracy can be bought," he said, "and that the country is owned by the rich. And if everything gets bought, how do we ever get the country back?"

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