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Nerdist Podcast: Morgan Freeman
Episode 529: Nerdist Podcast
Morgan Freeman
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Nerdist Podcast: Morgan Freeman

The legendary Morgan Freeman comes on the podcast to talk about the beginning of his career as an actor, the importance of enjoying life and finding the positive in everything, his love of flying planes, and the return his show Through the Wormhole on Science Channel!

Check out the clip from Through the Wormhole below and watch the show Wednesdays at 10 pm on Science Channel!

Comments

  1. HouseOf Art says:

    I’m being sincere here, but, is Mr. Freeman a bit too arrogant? He sounds as it, at least.

  2. StuartB says:

    I know Chris doesn’t feel great about the Harrison Ford episode, but after listening to Morgan Freeman…Ford was much better.

  3. I love Morgan Freeman’s work as an actor and everything else he’s done… but good god this interview is hard to listen to. 

    I’m listening to this at work with headphones on and I am only 10 minutes into it and I want to shut it off because HE’S EATING!!! 

    You can hear food sloshing around when he talks and it sounds really gross.  Especially with headphones on.

  4. Mr. Freeman I think would be a great teacher. All of his students would be almost “just like him” (so to speak).  They would never forget him.I’m into his science “THROUGH THE WORMHOLE”.

  5. Carlos Perez says:

    What? No Electric Company references?

  6. Richard says:

    Does Morgan Freeman have social anxiety, or is he just rude?

  7. Guys. This really picked me up at the end of a terrible day. Thank you Chris, thank you Morgan, and thank you everyone else.

  8. Zach says:

    Morgan Freeman’s greatest role:  Morgan Freeman.
    “You don’t know the value of anything until you work for it.”
    “Life is its own reward.  Fuck the rest of it.”
    “You do not want to be on your death bed regretting choices that you refused to make because of some social norm or someone else’s idea of what’s right for you.  I think in life you make choices.   You don’t make bad ones.  You just make choices.”

  9. Nikki says:

    “Do you ever miss the valleys?”
    “FUCK NO!”
    Lol

    P.s. this whole interview sounded like Morgan Freeman was sucking on a lollipop

  10. Kip says:

    Never skipped an episode until this one. Move over Woody Harrelson, we have a new champion of terrible interviews. 
    Must have been agony there:
    “So why did you move to LA?”
    “That’s a loaded question……”
    *silence**silence*
    I listen to podcasts at 1.5x speed and even still he’s the worst interview subject I’ve ever heard. Way to shut down questions and topics. Has Freeman never heard an interview before? 
    Love the podcast guys, every other episode has been great 

  11. Woop says:

    Morgan is super on the offense here and Chris shows a remarkable sense of calm and patience. Bravo, Chris. Ehhh, Mr. Freeman.

  12. Terry says:

    Lord , what is he eating ????? 

  13. mark says:

    Excellent guest.  Nice to hear when someone makes it all the way through hollywood maintaining a firm grasp on reality.  Harrison Ford, Kevin Bacon, & now Morgan Freeman, are probably among the hardest working, most professional, least wacky people, & have yielded the most down-to-earth episodes of this podcast thus far, with honest, thoughtful, sincere responses.
    Definitely some cringe-worthy questions on this one though.  Made me stop & consider whether it’s even fair to mic up total strangers, and then on-record & on the spot, expect them to take on the role of your therapist and life coach.  Yikes.

  14. Chris Stuckey says:

    #petthesweatyshit!   I cannot believe I am the only one to catch this so far.  Everyone does this at one point or another in conversation by mistake, but I totally appreciate it when it actually creates a real phrase.  At about 32:54, Morgan says “pet the sweaty shit” instead of what I’m sure he meant, sweat the petty shit.  Props to you Chris for keeping it together because I would have lost it! 

  15. RadRoach says:

    I don’t really enjoy shows like this one because of how interviewy it was. I don’t blame Hardwick for trying to get some conversation out of the man, but the end result just seemed too forged for my liking. 

  16. JetpackBlues says:

    I would love to hear Morgan Freeman, Ron Funches, Neil DeGrass Tyson and Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown, in a room together discussing the mysteries of the universe….

    • JetpackBlues says:

      Or Neil deGrasse Tyson, because I love replying to myself in order to make an edit. 😛

  17. Larry says:

    As a young man, I remember listening to E.G. Marshall narrate Mystery Theater on the radio many years ago.. He was fantastic! Now I can ‘watch’ Morgan Freeman and his melodic presentation….Wow!  I am blessed to be witness to another ‘great’ story teller.  I can hardly wait…

  18. Fartbooty says:

    Omg my fave part of the Lego Movie is when Morgan Freeman wizard guy is assigned to be the lookout and he looks a wall and says “Okay” dat shit kills me every time lol #usedbentlollipopwizardstaff

  19. Fartbooty says:

    I think this is the least I’ve heard you guys spoken in a Nerdist podcast ever

  20. objectivecyd says:

    Listening to the podcast now while chopping photos and I have to say I don’t blame Jonah one bit for trancing out.
    Was Mr. Freeman eating something in the beginning of the episode?

  21. Fartbooty says:

    Was the Lego Wizard dude eating on something during the podcast?

  22. ScottishKeith says:

    Superb stuff,Without doubt one of my favorite nerdist podcasts to date. “Enjoy Your Burrito” from Mr Freeman was the icing. Get it on your outro forever guys. keep up the goodwork,, Regards, Keith. ( regular listener in not so sunny Edinburgh, Scotland)

  23. BSchiwal says:

    Great interview. I think Chris, like anyone would be, was a bit intimidated and starstruck by him.  I could listen to Morgan Freeman talk for hours. He is a very no bullshit person, I respect him quite a bit more after this too.

  24. Walter says:

    Wow, that was not nearly as cool as it should have been. Could have been good like the Tom Hanks episodes, because Morgan Freeman is a lot more with it than most older actors. The conversations got too bogged down in vague philosophical nonsense. I wanted to hear about Andy Dufresne crawling threw a river of shit. Or what was in the box! What’s in the box! Or Batman stories. I mean it was wishful thinking to think you would cover South Park’s parody of him, but man was that just an awful waste of an opportunity. He’s an actor not a life coach. Ask about acting stuff. Movie stories. Hope the Tom Cruise episode goes better.

  25. Twirrim says:

    Thanks for the interesting podcast!

    I wanted to mention one specific thing that came up in the conversation, that lightly touched on upbringing and how what you’re told impacts your life (specifically mentioned was the ‘untouchables’ caste).

    One thing most youth workers will tell you is there are few things more powerful than advocating for them individually.  Telling them and showing to them how they’re smart, capable, how they can do anything, and then also standing up for them.  Such simple actions change lives.

    It’s remarkable just how many kids are brought up with parents who tell them they’re stupid, and will never amount to anything.  Is it any wonder that they learn and take it to heart, and never have that self confidence necessary to actually change their lives?

  26. Scotty says:

    a little awkward, really started to warm up toward the end, wished we could had a little more time.   I agree with Sasha that it took a bit to get use to talking for an hour, my feelings was soon as it was over it was starting to normalize. 

  27. Bubbowrap says:

    Such a great podcast. The little silences were uncomfortable and awkward, but it hits its stride around the 35-40 minute mark. Morgan Freeman is definitely a national treasure.
    I had to laugh at the part about getting your own branch, or as my mom/grandma called it, ‘switch.’ They’d give it a few test swings, and if it didn’t make the ‘woosh’ sound,  they’d pick one that would turn your ass into ground hamburger. The trick is to find a switch with just enough ‘woosh’ to sound painful but thick and with enough leaves to not actually cause pain. Thinking back, it’s a pretty cruel thing to make a kid do.
    The people complaining about this not being a ‘nerd’ podcast anymore, well, screw ’em. This is Morgan Fucking Freeman. I think it’s great hearing from non-nerds who can offer a different perspective on the industry and life in general. 100% looking forward to the Tom Cruise one, solely because I don’t know what to expect.

  28. Michael Thompson says:

    You guys talk about the Harrison Ford podcast, but this is the first time I’ve heard Chris Hardwick seem to not establish any sort of rapport with a guest.  This was very awkward.

    • Eliot says:

      I actually quite enjoyed hearing Hardwick having his ass handed back to him on a plate. Freeman doesn’t take any nonsense, it would seem.

  29. plutosdad says:

    Was he eating? I had to stop listening after 5 minutes of hearing him. I was really disappointed as I was excited to see this one come up (usually I have no idea who you are interviewing :) ) But I just can’t listen to the lip smacking noises. I assumed he was eating because he never sounds like that normally. If he was, please do not let your guests eat. 

  30. branslint says:

    not relevant to the actual podcast but I just came to this episode from the first Maria Bamford one and holy wow Chris’s voice has changed way more than you’d have expected. Of course, it could be the mics they had back then but it was just sort of neat hearing the difference. Otis would probably sound kind of badass now.

  31. Molif says:

    #JR

  32. will says:

    Yes, it was awkward and those are some of the best podcasts imo.  I knew it was going to be a good one when I went to listen to it on Stitcher and got the message that the podcast was no longer available. My prognosis is that MF is a bit full of himself and prob smokes a lot of mj. Chris did a good job of propping him up so that we could see the mind behind the voice.  Good job guys, one of the more entertaining episodes.

  33. Stefon says:

    Morgan Freeman referencing the exact fungi on which the infection in The Last of Us is based? Nerdgasm level: Freeman 

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    • Doug B says:

      How much weight have you lost, Dick? 

      • farleyk says:

        Strangely enough, people who have never been introduced to him formally often refer to him as “Dick”.
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    • Yarg!goawayspam says:

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  35. I’m trying not to fall asleep listening to his voice…

  36. Craig says:

    I didn’t want this to stop. So much fun just listening to him talk. Great job. We need a sequel st some point in the future.

  37. Peter Olinger says:

    I think that I would be completely and utterly content to have Mr. Freeman’s “enjoy your burrito” tag replace the robot lady’s voice as the cap for every episode.

  38. Wildride says:

    Yeah, I remember reading Socrates’ great treatise on the subject of Zombie Apocalypses.  The best stuff was compiled in the 1500s into De Re Zombifica.
    #citationneeded

  39. stefano says:

    great episode. He is really awesome.

  40. Smiles says:

    Silliness above.

    • Oh don’t pay RJ any mind. He’s a sad dude who comments negatively 90% of the time. I don’t let it bother me. Mainly I just feel bad for him because I know he is unhappy. :(

      • Mo says:

        Where in the F**K do any of you think that this was “awkward” in any way whatsoever? Chris asked questions, he got answers. How is that awkward? Morgan Freeman seemed to think about his responses beforehand which is what? Not allowed? The dude even said he doesn’t remember much–which further warrants him taking a minute to get his answers out. Long Live Chris and the Nerdist Enterprise, because the dude is able to do the impossible. He completely filled a gap that was sitting in the entertainment/knowledge/pop culture that no one else could or even attempted to the right way. So everyone who listens to the podcasts and is in the Nerdist Galaxy and then goes on to bash it–you’re a punk and a sloppy one at that. If you don’t like what other people are doing, don’t listen. Listen to other podcasts-because there a million hacks out there with no purpose to their own podcasts.

      • DiHard11 says:

        @Mo I am one of Nerdist Industries’ biggest cheerleaders and advocates.  There’s nothing wrong with constructively pointing out an issue.  (RJ clearly did NOT do this.) 

        The episode did start off a bit awkward but warmed up and relaxed by the end.  I think it was the fact that Mr. Freeman wasn’t sure what a podcast was. 

        Your enthusiasm is fantastic! But nothing is beyond constructive criticism.

        -Di. (Sits back and drinks her Nerdist flavored Kookaid.)

  41. Captain Mcgloo says:

    This one kind of reminded me of the Ron Perleman podcast.  it was awkward at time but the guest eventually relaxed and settled into a good rhythm.

    Also I kind of assumed from Chris’s twitter we’ll be getting a Tom Cruise podcast sometime soonish. 

  42. Sasha says:

    You also have to realize that Morgan Freeman did say at the start of the podcast that he was not familiar with the medium of podcasting. So for someone who is mostly used to press type of interviews, it could be difficult easing into the whole idea of just bantering for an hour or so.

    Nonetheless, I enjoyed this podcast. I have slight misophonia but Morgan Freeman’s chewing, much like his voice, was soothing.

    • Jon says:

      I think you hit it, Sasha. This wasn’t in any way a bad interview, it just didn’t quite takeoff the way many of the conversation type episodes do. That being said, Morgan Freeman is still fantastically interesting and a joy to listen to.

    • Russell says:

      Chris may chalk this one up in his head as the black “Harrison Ford”… but in all honesty you are pretty much right. Morgan is a calculated, thought-out individual and some of his answers just may have not been a perfect fit for the medium. Chris and Jonah did the best they could to keep things moving along, but his short and sometimes obscure answers we’re wrenching the plans a bit.

      All in all it was great to hear him talk about anything for that long, still very entertaining. 

  43. Doug B says:

    We got to hear MORGAN FRAKKING FREEMAN say “Enjoy your burrito!” Everything else is sauce for the goose. :) 

  44. Akira Mizugawa says:

    #hashish

  45. Akira Mizugawa says:

    #hash marks

  46. Akira Mizugawa says:

    #hashbrowns

  47. JonnyA says:

    This was a great episode, Chris! Not sure where the awkwardness was, aside from Morgan gathering his thoughts from time to time, but to each his own. I’m a little sad you guys didn’t get around to talking about Shawshank Redemption, which is one of my most favorite movies of all time.
    In any case, good times, and look forward to Tom Cruise podcast on Friday.

  48. Jay says:

    Honestly, I think its a combination of Chris being star-struck and Morgan Freeman having that ‘being careful with what he says’ syndrome that a lot of A-list celebs have (something a guest said a while back in an episode). It did seem awkward at first, but it really picked up and opened him up.
    Nevertheless, it was an amazing episode and I did enjoy it.

  49. Raul says:

    This one is awkward.