Morgan Freeman knows the film industry like the back of his 76-year-old hand.
The acting sage has churned out a good handful of blockbuster films in 2013 thus far, and his upcoming film, “Last Vegas,” a comedy, starring an ensemble cast of male Hollywood royalty, will be yet another feather in his cap of cinema excellence and longevity.
We would happily mention the many other films Freeman’s played in, but there isn’t enough room on this page for a list that spans forever.
His career on the big screen notwithstanding, Freeman has never been gun shy when discussing topics related to American history, politics and pop culture, nor does he mind napping during interviews.
The silver fox with the unforgettable voice is also an unofficial movie critic (can’t say he isn’t qualified). The Daily Beast writer Marlow Stern spoke with the freewheeling Freeman about a wide variety of topics ranging from Tea Party madness to, well, “twerking,” and why he won’t see breakout director Steve McQueen’s compelling film, “12 Years a Slave”:
The Daily Beast: If you’re at a party, is there one special move that you’ll bust out?
Freeman: The Lindy Hop, man. I can do the Lindy.
Speaking of dances, there was this great video clip of you that went viral where you were reading the news on HLN and described “twerking.” What do you think of it?
Yes, I’m aware of what it is. I think it’s a little bizarre, to tell you the truth!
Another thing we spoke about last time was the craziness of the Tea Party, which reared its ugly head again with the recent government shutdown.
The lengths that people will go to to show their prejudices! You see some of these signs that say, “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!” What the fuck is that? Whose country are you talking about? They are being pushed to the side, which is a good thing for them to realize: you don’t have the power you think you have in this country. Obama was legitimately elected president. If you don’t like that, fine, either move out, or make your point and get yourself elected, but don’t tear the country apart! That’s not going to get you anywhere. I think the Republicans have pretty much destroyed themselves by allowing themselves to be controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money.
One of the best films of the year, in my opinion, is 12 Years a Slave. Have you seen it?
I saw a television movie that was made a few years ago about the same character [Solomon Northup]. But I don’t particularly want to see it. I don’t want my anger quotient exacerbated, you know? Things are bad enough as they are. I don’t want to keep punching myself in the face with it.