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SA Partridge

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Morgan Freeman

I saw Morgan Freeman last night.

To be fair, it was across a crowded room but I still saw him – Red from The Shawshank Redemption. I mean, c’mon. It’s a Stephen King adaption. Of course it’s going to be one of my favourite movies.

How often do you get to see a living legend in the flesh?

He’s in the country filming The Human Factor – the Clint Eastwood film about that rugby match where he’s portraying Nelson Mandela (who else?) and last night he spoke to some students and I just happened to be there, by some mad stroke of luck.

Life. It’s interesting.

It was also interesting to hear one of our local government ministers, who has some bizarre views on censorship and how television is responsible for violence against women and children. I’d love to hear more about how he got to that conclusion.

Some interesting facts about Mr. Freeman:

The first film he ever watched was King Kong.

He looks a helluva lot like Nelson Mandela when he walks into a room. It’s incredible. I don’t know if this is some sort of acting technique he uses to imitate Madiba’s movements but it’s amazing. I was stunned. As soon as he opened his mouth to speak the spell was broken though. He hasn’t quite mastered the accent yet. He sounds like Morgan Freeman.

He’s never formerly studied acting but counts memorizing scripts as one of his talents.

I have a running list of awesome things I’ve done in life so far. Some I like to keep close to my heart, and those are the ones I won’t share in my blog. But others, like, impromptu holidays abroad, living in a National Monument, seeing Nine Inch Nails, publishing a book, letting a hot Frenchman convince me to bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge and of course, drunkenly telling Nataniel how much I love his cookbook all count. I’m adding sneaking in to see Morgan Freeman on to that list.

I’m going to watch The Dark Knight and Kiss the Girls Again.



Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 24th, 2009 @09:36 #

    OMG I'm like, so jealous. You should've gone up and said hello.

    One query: "The Human Factor" - ? That's a novel by Graham Greene, which involves South Africa and Cold War spying. But I think Freeman's in town to film "Playing the Enemy", the non-fiction work by John Carlin. Not so?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    February 24th, 2009 @10:14 #

    Imdb says the movie is called the Human Factor. Take it up with Clint Eastwood.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Tom</a>
    February 24th, 2009 @10:29 #

    Get busy livin' or get busy playin' rugbeh...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 24th, 2009 @15:11 #

    Go Sally! -- next time, rush up, stick out your hand and say "It's an honour to meet you. I loved your work in XX." (Stars are hooman too.) Stick around 5 seconds, then back away. Go home and write post "I MET Morgan Freeman".

    PS: I loved Shawshank Redemption -- saw it about three times.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    February 24th, 2009 @15:26 #

    Me too, especially the part when that aria from The Marriage of Figaro plays across the prison loudspeaker...Sull'Aria

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 24th, 2009 @15:34 #

    Big Bump III - Sally stargazing.

  • heatherv
    March 5th, 2009 @13:15 #

    The film is actually currently untitled - Untitled Mandela Project - but it is based on the non-fiction book about the politics leading up the 1995 Rugby World cup.


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