Morgan Freeman never lets President Barack Obama have his “moment,” according to the Washington Post. Those are the words that came out of Obama’s mouth.
Obama may have only a little more than a month left until either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton succeeds him as the president of the United States, but the president seems more concerned about Morgan Freeman, who didn’t show up in person to accept a Medal of Arts award.
Obama cemented his name in American history for being the first black president of the nation, but Morgan Freeman had preceded him to the Hollywood version of U.S. president long before Obama’s foot stepped into the Oval Office in 2008.
At this point I'd vote for Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact even knowing a comet would hit the earth pic.twitter.com/GscOO2d34n
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) October 10, 2016
In fact, Morgan Freeman has been playing U.S. presidents and vice presidents since Obama was just a state senator. But the 79-year-old actor, who won an Academy Award in 2004, didn’t show up when Mr. Obama was giving out Medals of Arts last month.
Obama quipped that Morgan Freeman was “undoubtedly off playing a black president again,” which explains why he didn’t attend the ceremony. The 44th president of the U.S. also complained that Freeman never lets him have his “moment.”
Morgan Freeman wasn’t the only recipient of Medal of Arts this year, as fellow actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks, Broadway actress Audra McDonald, Motown producer Berry Gordy, and celebrity chef Jose Andres were all honored by Obama.
The news about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce was shocking, but not for everyone, according to the Telegraph. London’s Madame Tussauds quickly reacted to the news by changing the Brangelina figures’ positions in the museum.
The world’s most popular wax museum shared a tweet with a picture showing Pitt and Jolie’s figures on their new positions in the museum. Morgan Freeman, who co-starred with Pitt in 1995’s Se7en, is now keeping Pitt company, while Nicole Kidman joined Jolie.
“Following the news that has shocked celebrity watchers worldwide, we can confirm we have separated Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s figures.”
Following the news that has shocked celebrity watchers worldwide, we can confirm we have separated Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's figures. pic.twitter.com/2juLFaZJED
— Madame Tussauds (@MadameTussauds) September 21, 2016
In a statement announcing Pitt and Jolie’s new companions, Morgan Freeman and Kidman, the museum’s Head of Marketing, Nimali Weerasinghe, said their figures are now standing “at a respectful distance from each other.”
In other news, Morgan Freeman has spoken out about the need to explore life’s big mysteries, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The 79-year-old actor’s Wormhole with Morgan Freeman returned with new episodes earlier last month, and he promises to explore such issues as terrorism, gender, and privacy.
In his interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Morgan Freeman promised that his program’s new episodes will explore in depth such of life’s big issues.
“These issues are so often mired in misconceptions and a lack of facts that it’s critical for us to explore them in depth.”
Morgan Freeman, who hosts the Science Channel’s series and also serves as its executive producer, teased about the seventh season of the Emmy-nominated show. In particular, the Shawshank Redemption actor will explore what makes a terrorist and figure out if there are more than two sexes.
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) September 30, 2016
Morgan Freeman also revealed that he is proud of the show’s current season, because, in addition to exploring big questions humans have been wondering about for generations, this season will also look into “some of the most challenging social issues of our time.”
“But yes, we’ll always keep asking the really big questions. Those are the things we continue to ponder and wonder about.”
Morgan Freeman is rumored to be starring in upcoming war drama The Last Full Measure, which already has Ed Harris, Laurence Fishburne, and Sebastian Stan attached to the project.
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