Why Does Morgan Freeman Always Get Cast As A World Leader? Nick Nolte Has Thoughts

Morgan Freeman as President Allan Trumbull in Angel Has Fallen
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There are few actors who can command the kind of presence on the big screen as Morgan Freeman has proven time and time again. The 82-year-old actor has played the role of God, Nelson Mandela, right hand man to the Nolan’s Batman and just about every kind of role in between. He now reprises his role as Allan Trumbull in Angel Has Fallen, who has now risen up the ranks to become the President of the United States.

During the recent press junket for Angel Has Fallen, CinemaBlend’s own Jeff McCobb sat down with Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte and director Ric Roman Waugh. He asked them about Freeman’s record of playing important leaders. Check it out:

Did you hear that? Morgan Freeman has the same question too! The illustrious actor opened the floor to his co-star and director. They had nothing but compliments to spew at the actor over his various leader-type roles.

Nick Nolte went on to answer, but he doesn’t seem to be talking about Freeman’s time in 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2007’s Evan Almighty. He seems to be referencing National Geographic series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman instead as he says he thought he was “perfect” for discussing God and “spirit of life”. Freeman called him out with… “that wasn’t me as God” and do I detect a little disappointment in his eyes?

Ric Roman Waugh then cuts the tension by saying if he can play God, surely he can play the president. Waugh also mentions his role as the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who he portrayed in 2009’s Invictus. So Morgan Freeman’s basically a world leader now, right? Here’s what the actor said in response to the title:

I really make more money as an actor.

There you have it! Don’t expect Morgan Freeman to join the 2020 presidential race, playing a leader is much more enjoyable and lucrative than being one. In Angel Has Fallen, Freeman’s character is the President of the United States after previously being the Speaker of the House in 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and Vice President in 2016’s London Has Fallen. The action flick has Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning being framed for an attempted hit on him.

The Secret Service agent becomes at odds with the government and the real threat as a result, making for some thrilling action sequences. Angel Has Fallen has earned mixed reviews from critics but CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell calls it “best chapter” of the three in his review.

Angel Has Fallen is now playing theaters along with other new releases this weekend including Ready or Not, Brittany Runs a Marathon.

Why do you think Morgan Freeman play so many powerful leader roles and which is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.