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Morgan Freeman curious about the afterlife ahead of 80th birthday

Morgan Freeman has reminisced about his early days as a struggling actor.

Actor Morgan Freeman was driven by an unseen force to sign on for new TV project The Story of God.

The Oscar winner serves as host for the new National Geographic documentary series, which explores concepts of death and the afterlife through the lens of several different religions.

Freeman turns 80 next year (Jun17), and now ideas of what happens to a human being after death are beginning to spin around in his head all the time.

He tells Variety: "I have this curiosity about life, and one of the things that surrounds life is the idea of death, and what comes with the idea of death is what comes after that. And all of that is encapsulated in our ideas of God and religion."

Freeman took home an Oscar in 2005 for his work in Million Dollar Baby and even though he is now one of the most celebrated actors in the world, he still cherishes his humble beginnings.

The Shawshank Redemption star doesn't care for some of his early work, but he has grown to appreciate the struggles he experienced at the start of his career.

Freeman made his Broadway debut in an all African-American version of musical Hello, Dolly! in 1968 and a year later he received his first mention ever in industry trade magazine Variety for his work in The Dozens - a play he has mixed feelings about.

"I’ve been in two really stinky plays, and that was one of them,” he said, "but that’s where I got my first mention in Variety."

His career took off, but he admits he has still had a few lean years: "The trajectory was linear from 1976 to 1980, and then in 1980, the phone stopped ringing."

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