Why Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood Are Kindred Spirits


Why Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood Are Kindred Spirits


Twice now — first in the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty and then the 2007 sequel Evan Almighty — Morgan Freeman has literally played God. So, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that in his later years, Freeman has become very interested in some of the bigger questions about what the late author Douglas Adams would call life, the universe, and everything.

His fascination with those questions has led him to some interesting work. Questions about what and who might be found beyond our solar system helped lead him to the science docu-series Through the Wormhole. In 2012, he told The Wrap that a lot of those questions came from a very particular kind of literature. "I used to read a lot of science fiction," Freeman said, "particularly that of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein and some other very interesting people, and they came up with thoughts about what's possible on Earth." Among other things, Through the Wormhole asks interesting and sometimes horrifying questions like whether or not there are races superior to our own in the universe and, if so, whether or not they might see us as food. 

Later, Freeman hosted National Geographic's The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, exploring the faiths and beliefs of different cultures. While that experience exposed Freeman to new ideas about God, his thoughts on the subject didn't change. Speaking with The Wrap, Freeman expressed his belief that God is a human invention.  



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