Over the years, Morgan Freeman has narrated a variety of documentaries and even TV projects. In fact, he's done so many and his voice is so memorable that many people consider him the definitive voice of narration at this point in society. Jimmy Kimmel knows this, and asked Morgan Freeman to use his considerable talents to narrate a pedestrian's movements on the street. Because, why not? You can check out the amazing bit, below.
The narration begins with a deep, growly "aww yeah" from Freeman, thus setting the tone for the next minute. The camera hones in on a bald man who is eating while walking---he's such a multitasker---and eventually the man comes to a crosswalk, managing to get across the street while still eating. It's riveting. Morgan Freeman then proves he really has a knack for this sort of narration, as he discusses the man "chewing and crossing." It's funnier when heard than when discussed in the abstract, so if you haven't clicked the Jimmy Kimmel Live! video yet, now would be a great time to do that.
The pedestrian narration segment is a follow-up to a segment Jimmy Kimmel asked Morgan Freeman to try a few months ago, when he also explained exactly how he got so good at speaking in a clear and concise manner. Apparently, the man attended Los Angeles City College for a time in order to learn to be an actor. He had a vocal coach who really worked with him until he learned to pronounce ever syllable in full.
This has led him to plenty of great acting opportunities on the big screen over the years, including Now You See Me 2 and the upcoming Ben-Hur. Eventually, this led him to become the well-known narrating figure the actor is today. At this point, he's done a ton of narration for projects, including March of the Penguins, a 30 for 30, and E2: The Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious. He's also the presenter of Through The Wormhole, a popular documentary series that airs on Science. In the twilight of career, he's begun trying something totally new, and we can't get enough of it.
While we don't know when Morgan Freeman will be back on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to smoothly narrate the lives of pedestrians again, new episodes of ABC's late night show air at 11:35 p.m. ET on weeknights. In addition, here's what else is coming to TV this fall.