Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Freeman: Directing is hard work

Morgan Freeman has no plans to go back to directing
Morgan Freeman has no plans to go back to directing

Morgan Freeman has admitted he's not too keen to try his hand at directing again, because he's simply "too lazy".

The Oscar-winning actor, about to hit our screens in his latest film Dolphin Tale, went behind the camera on 1993's Bopha! but reckons that phase has passed.

"Directing is too much work! I'm entirely too lazy for that kind of work," he said.

"I loved making my own movie, and I got it out of my system. I've got great instincts and all of that, but that's not what I do. I like producing and coming up with stories that I want to tell."

Freeman remains happiest "on set, or in the sea" and reckons his work allows him to indulge his passions, which also include flying, horseback riding and solitaire.

"I really like sailing. I don't want to give up any of my guilty pleasures. I should give up a little bit of solitaire but it's an addiction," he said, with a glint in his eye.

:: Dolphin Tale opens in cinemas on Friday, October 14.

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