5 Classic Morgan Freeman Quotes That Someone Else Wrote
Morgan Freeman is a veteran actor with a voice so strong that he could retire and become a world famous motivational speaker. Freeman speaks with a regal confidence, heartfelt sincerity and ease that makes his movie dialogue flow so naturally you don't know where he ends and his character begins. In fact, he's so captivating it's almost unfathomable that some (probably schlubby) screenwriter—and not Freeman himself—penned those words. But alas, it's true; and here are our picks of some of the most memorable Morgan Freeman quotes...written by someone else of course.
Joe Clark: "They used to call me Crazy Joe. Well now they can call me Batman!" Ironically, Morgan Freeman has since performed in the Christian Bale "Batman" movies directed by Christopher Nolan. But this quote comes from the 1989 drama "Lean on Me" with Mr. Freeman playing a bat-wielding real-life principal named Joe Clark. He is determined to turn a horror story high school into young college-eligible successes. Morgan Freeman does not just play this role—he owns it. So whether he is called Joe Clark, Crazy Joe or Batman—this quote proves that his is not afraid to hit a home run if his life is in danger.
Red: "Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane." Not only did someone besides Morgan Freeman write this dialogue that he executes convincingly in "The Shawshank Redemption", but also someone else wrote the story that it was based on. These two respect-worthy scribes are Frank Darabont and Stephen King respectively. The incomparable actor Morgan Freeman stars as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding, an institutionalized inmate who struggles with life outside of the prison walls. So much so that Red has not only given up on hope, but considers hope the enemy to surviving incarceration. If hope is no longer the cornerstone of human life—how fulfilling of a foundation can a person possess?
Narrator: "Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes and slowly, and surely, drew their plans against us." It is hard to believe that this faceless dialogue was not delivered from Morgan Freeman's own pen and perspective when he narrated the Steven Spielberg version of "War of the Worlds" in 2005. His cryptic tone and "reality served cold" diction magnifies this alien invasion film's unnerving edge. Freeman not only provides the voice of reason, but also the reason to voice your concerns.
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris: "If there's magic in boxing, it's the magic of fighting battles beyond endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached retinas. It's the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you." Fans of boxing movies may be more concerned with the left hooks and the right jabs, but in "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman plays a "hard luck is better than no luck" ex-boxer and confidant of a gym owner and trainer. Sure, Morgan Freeman gives this screenplay's written word his personal touch on screen, but much like "War of the Worlds", his incredible voice is also a perfect narrator here as well. Holding a regular conversation with Mr. Freeman at Starbucks must make a person wonder where the movie cameras are hidden.
William Somerset: "David. If you kill him, he will win." When a movie detective is hunting down a demented serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as "product placements" to brand his crimes—the dialogue is going to be intense to say the least. Morgan Freeman plays William Somerset who not only wants to stop this sick-o from killing but he also wants to stop his disgusted partner, played by Brad Pitt, from killing the killer. David Fincher, director of "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", worked from a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker that gave Morgan Freeman lines that could have come from his own skull. When you are able to convince audience members that a murder does not serve death—you could probably sell an Apple computer to Bill Gates.