New Delhi, April 4: He has twice played god on screen, and now he’s taking the small screen route to explore ‘the story of god’ in a documentary series for which he paid a maiden visit to India last year. One of American cinema’s most recognisable figures, Morgan Freeman, says he’s fascited with the “differences” that the country has to offer and that he’d love to return to film a movie.
“I would primarily like to go to India and make a movie. I’d like to be there for a while. Some time ago I had a great idea, a great movie idea. It wasn’t mine, it was someone else’s. It wasn’t well thought out, but it was such a great idea and I would really like to do something like that in India,” Freeman told IANS in an interview during a conference call with select Indian media.
During his tryst with India for tiol Geographic Channel’s “The Story of God”, he visited Bodh Gaya and Varasi — cities which are of religious significance — to bring forth the tion as a melting pot of myriad religions, faiths beliefs and traditions.
“India is an endlessly fasciting place when you go from place to place to place to place and you see the differences. For instance, all the places we were in, Bodh Gaya and Varasi, had fasciting differences. I think you would probably find that all over India,” added the 78-year-old in his distinct baritone.
Freeman, who has left a lasting impression with his perso in movies like “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Seven”, “Bruce Almighty” and “Million Dollar Baby”, visited seven countries for the series in a quest to find out how religion has evolved through the course of civilisation, and how it has shaped the evolution of society.
He visited iconic places like Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, Mayan temples in Guatemala and the pyramids of Egypt. In India, though, Freeman said he could not put his mind “around the traffic” in Varasi, one of the oldest cities in the country which he found “extraordiry”.
“For me, I was a little surprised by India... I was trying to understand how people associate with one god to another. It was completely interesting and new.” Those sentiments also describe his journey into some of the world’s key religious sites, ruins of ancient civilizations, and in cutting-edge science laboratories for the six-part series which will go on air on April 15. Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger are the executive producers of the series.
While religion is often seen as something that divides, the series illumites the similarities among different faiths.
Did “The Story of God” affect Freeman’s persol beliefs about the Almighty?
“I have been asked if my beliefs changed. I’d say no. But affected persolly? Absolutely! Learning these different cultures around the idea of god was very fasciting,” said the Academy Award winning star, who found himself in a “spiritual limbo dealing with Hinduism because for one thing, it seems to be a tough religion”. (IANS)