LISTEN: Morgan Freeman's Quasi-Reading Of '50 Shades Of Grey'
Morgan Freeman, 75, may be known as one of the greatest actors of a generation, portraying everyone from Lucius Fox in the Christopher Nolan Batman movie franchise to Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus and even God in Bruce Almighty, but he also has one of the most distinctive voices, having narrated such films as War of the Worlds and March of the Penguins, as well as the current Disovery Channel pop-science program, Through the Wormhole.
And now Freeman's voice — or, rather, one much like it — is being lent to E. L. James' erotic "mommy porn" novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. The actual voice in this particular reading of Fifty Shades (which has also been ironically read by celebs Kristen Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres), doesn't belong to Freeman at all, however — it is that of actor and comedian Josh Robert Thompson, who has made his living doing celebrity impersonations that include Matthew McConaughey, Robert De Niro and Freeman, among others, according to E! Online.
But don't blame yourself if you were fooled. Thompson is so good at voices, it seems, that he works for shows like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad, impersonating celebrities as needed.
The Fifty Shades of Grey hoax wasn't the only one Freeman was involved in over the past day or two, however. He was also the latest victim of the bizarre "death hoax" that lights up Facebook and the Twitterverse every so often.
But, rest assured, Freeman fans — none of it's true. "Morgan is alive and well, and joins the long list of actors who have been victimized by this hoax," a rep for Freeman said.
Listen to the "Morgan Freeman" reading of Fifty Shades — with hilarious commentary — here:
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