10 Of Morgan Freeman's Most Inspirational Movie Speeches To Get You Through The Day
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris -- Million Dollar Baby: The message here being, basically, every man dies, not every man truly lives. You'll find it's a theme on this list.
Detective Lt. William Somerset -- Se7en: After wading amidst the Twitterpartee this morning, I found the notion of apathy in this scene really struck home.
God -- Bruce Almighty: No impressive speeches here, but of all the actors working today, Freeman is the one I would most readily accept as a deity.
Principal Joe Clark -- Lean On Me: Absolutely teeth-kickingly inspiring.
Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins -- Glory: Denzel Washington's firebrand performance may have won the Oscar but there's something equally compelling about Freeman's response here. Start at 1:15. I'm not one for warmongering, but this scene is incredible.
President Beck -- Deep Impact: Not a great movie, but a great movie president.
Narrator -- War Of The Worlds: If you think of it in a certain light, the epilogue to this story smacks of abundantly patriotic, post-9/11 rhetoric. But, of course, it's Freeman reading H.G. Wells' words verbatim. What better choice to take up Orson Welles' mantle? Start at 1:15.
Azeem -- Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves: Unfortunately, the entirety of this clip is not available. "English! English! Behold, I'm Azeem ibn Bashir Al Bakir! I'm not one of you, but I fight! I fight with Robin Hood! I fight against a tyrant who holds you under his boot! If you would be free men, then you must fight! Join us now, join Robin Hood!"
Nelson Mandela -- Invictus: Reading one of my favorite spine-stiffening poems by William Ernest Henley.
Red -- Shawshank Redemption: And this. Always this.
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