The Shawshank Redemption has become arguably one of the most beloved movies of the 20th century. Yet it was a box office bomb, pulling in a meager $28 million. How did that happen? Were audiences just not ready for the dark prison drama that boasted both fraternal love, rape, murder and suicide, and a climax of our hero covered in miles-worth of excrement? Not according to its star Morgan Freeman.
When appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Freeman shared what he suspects is truly to blame for The Shawshank Redemption’s late blooming success. Then he brings his voiceover gravitas to a decidedly silly parody.
And for bonus fun times, here’s Michael Caine talking about the time he was mistaken for a drug dealer.
And for bonus bonus fun, here’s Tom Hanks doing his Caine-approved impression. It’s not on The Late Show, but Saturday Night Live.