Morgan Freeman needs a nap; dozes off during interview
NEW YORK (NBC) -- Zzzzz... Look, film promotion can be an exhausting business. And who can blame an esteemed actor like Morgan Freeman if he gets tired of doing the same kind of local-news interview to promote his new movie in dozens of cities? Freeman and Michael Caine spoke to Seattle's Fox affiliate, Q13, via satellite from New York on Wednesday, and it looked as if Freeman grabbed a little shut-eye while Caine was talking.
The two actors were promoting their new film, "Now You See Me," a thriller about bank robbers who use magic, in an interview with anchors Kaci Aitchison and Bill Wixey.
When addressed directly, Freeman, 75, gamely discussed the film and even gave Wixey advice on being a narrator for the anchor's young daughter, who has such a role in her school play. (The key? "Being a good reader," said Freeman. "Not much more than that.")
But when Caine was explaining about the magic tricks in the film, Freeman closed his eyes for a notable amount of time and his head bobbed low on his chest as if he'd briefly fallen asleep.
For a while, the station cut away to scenes from the film, and when they cut back, Freeman's head was resting on his chest and he did appear to be napping. He quickly shook his head and was back in the game.
The station seemed convinced Freeman had actually dozed off, writing in an article about the video, "It’s OK, Morgan. We all know Bill’s voice can lull you into sleep."
Freeman's representative did not immediately respond to a TODAY.com request for comment.
Freeman's tiredness may be understandable -- it was likely the last interview in a lengthy lineup. After the anchors had said goodbye, the actors' microphones were left on, and Caine could be heard asking, "Is this the last one?" Yes it was. Hope the two got some sleep.