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Monday 22 September 2014

Freeman was a 'treat' for Bassett

Angela Bassett stars with Morgan Freeman in Olympus Has Fallen

Angela Bassett has revealed that she was "intimidated" by the thought of sharing screen time with Morgan Freeman in Olympus Has Fallen.

The Oscar-nominated actress has worked with stars such as Denzel Washington, Whoopi Goldberg and the late Whitney Houston, but it was Morgan that brought her out in a sweat.

"I was really happy to have that and I was intimidated before he even showed up," she admitted.

That all changed once they started working together on a set outside Shreveport, Louisiana, where they recreated parts of Washington DC, including the White House.

"He was nothing but professional and kind and warm and fun, and you know, a treat," the 54-year-old recalled.

Angela plays Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs alongside Morgan as Speaker of the House Trumbull, who assumes presidential power when the president (played by Aaron Eckhart) and vice president are incapacitated after a terrorist attack on the White House.

"He's been in so many great roles and he works all the time, you know? Who am I going to be in a world with him? His right hand! And he was at my left. So it was great," the actress said.

She added: "At the end, I couldn't help myself, I just grabbed him and said, 'I just had a ball, you know, I hope we do it again sometime.' I think he thought the same, so I was humbled by that."

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