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“It was jaw-dropping”: Morgan Freeman Was in Disbelief After One Small Gesture From Clint Eastwood

Freeman gushed about working with the favorite actors he had on his bucket list


  • Morgan Freeman, a highly respected Hollywood celebrity, was surprised and in disbelief when legendary actor Clint Eastwood personally called his agency to offer him a role in his hit film, Unforgiven.
  • Despite his astonishment, Freeman delivered an exceptional performance in the movie.
  • Freeman also revealed that he has a private bucket list of favorite actors, which he checks off as he gets the opportunity to work with them.

Morgan Freeman is easily one of the most commended and respectable celebrities in Hollywood with a finely star-studded career. Having starred in films like The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Seven (1995), the actor cum producer has seen and showed it all to his fans from all across the globe. Yet, one small gesture from a legendary co-celebrity from the entertainment industry had the actor in disbelief!

Morgan Freeman (via @morganfreeman | Instagram)
Morgan Freeman (via @morganfreeman | Instagram)

This co-celebrity was none other than the famous actor/director, Clint Eastwood, who called up Freeman’s agency himself to make the actor an offer for him to star in his 1992 western hit, Unforgiven.

Morgan Freeman Was Stunned When Offered Unforgiven By Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film Unforgiven was an instant hit and fan-favorite among fans. It starred the actor cum filmmaker as the retired killer Muny, Gene Hackman as sheriff Little Bill Daggett, and Morgan Freeman in his breathtaking role of Ned Logan.

Yet, as remarkable as his performance was in the film, what’s more surprising is the stunning reaction of disbelief that The Shawshank Redemption actor had when he found out that the Million Dollar Baby actor wanted him in his film. As per IMDb:

“I was in Africa when I got the call for Unforgiven (1992). Clint called my agency and made an offer for a Western. I was like ‘He called for me?’ It was jaw-dropping.”

However, even with his starstruck reaction to finding out that Clint Eastwood himself wanted him in his superhit film, Morgan Freeman still did an exceptional job at giving the most epic performance of a lifetime as Ned Logan.

Morgan Freeman Has A Bucket List Of Favorite Actors As Well

Morgan Freeman with Jack Nicholson in a still from The Bucket List (2007)
Morgan Freeman with Jack Nicholson in a still from The Bucket List (2007)

Considering what a terrifically renowned and respectable personality he is in the entertainment industry, it would come as a surprise to most people that Morgan Freeman has a bucket list for himself as well, out of which he ticks out his favorite celebrities every once in a while.

As shared by him in an interview with while discussing his film with Jack Nicholson, The Bucket List, the Going in Style actor said:

“I think we all have a private bucket list; it may not be written down on paper, but you have it written down somewhere. I’m constantly checking them off; I just checked [Jack Nicholson] off. I shouldn’t say checked him off, maybe I just moved him down.”

During another interview (via IMDb), he gushed on about working with the favorite actors he had on his bucket list:

“Every day was a holiday because I’ve been praying at the temple of Jack ever since Five Easy Pieces (1970). I had a chance to ride with him on the Warner Brothers plane with Clint [Eastwood]. I got to jawing what a fan I was, and as actors will do, he expressed how he liked my work. Then we started talking about how we could make a sequel to [the 1973 Nicholson film] The Last Detail (1973). But that didn’t pan out.”

Turns out even legendary celebrities like Morgan Freeman can be caught starstruck by their peers and other legendary actors!

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