“I hope people stop asking me to do stupid voice-overs like this”
Whether he wanted to be or not, Morgan Freeman’s role in The Shawshank Redemption set him up for a career as the ‘voice-over king’.
The deep, American tones are profound and almost instantly recognisable.
On Friday, Freeman appeared on The Graham Norton Show to help promote his new film, Going Out In Style.
His new feature-length production sees him star alongside legends Sir Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as three pensioners, who all find out their pensions have been cancelled, decide to rob a bank.
Graham brought up the famous introduction Freeman read in Shawshank to introduce the newest prisoner Andy (played by Tim Robbins) as he arrived to the penitentiary.
“It tanked at the box office,” said Freeman, which is surprising for such a brilliant film about a prison break.
“And the reason for that is because the only marketing films get, I think, is word of mouth,” he continued. “You can promote it all you want, but if audiences come back and can’t really say ‘I saw this great film’, then you’re not going to get really far.”
On the talk show, however, Freeman’s monologue featured a few emendations on the original script – namely taking shots at the show’s host.
“I must admit I didn’t think much of Graham Norton first time I laid eyes on him,” Freeman began. “He looked like a stiff breeze could blow him over”.
“I could see why some people took him for annoying. He had a walk and a talk that just wasn’t normal around here. And boy, did he drink.”
“I hope to finish this talk show one day. I hope people stop asking me to do stupid voice overs like this. I hope.”
Watch the video here:
He can literally narrate anything, something he proved a while back on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, when he simply just narrated over a man crossing the street.
Those sumptuous vocal chords just sit right at home with everyone.