Recent photos of Morgan Freeman with his left hand heavily bandaged and sometimes gloved have spiked an Internet searching frenzy as people wonder: Is that thing real?

The 72-year-old, who's currently starring in 'Invictus' (in theaters Dec. 11), suffered a broken arm and elbow in an August 2008 car accident in which he lost control of his car, flipping it several times. He underwent surgery to reconnect nerves and repair damage in his left arm and hand but as recently as January, he told Access Hollywood, "I wound up with a lot of nerve damage in my arm, so the hand is still paralyzed."
Morgan Freeman's Hand Sparks Debate

Recent photos of Morgan Freeman with his left hand heavily bandaged and sometimes gloved have spiked an Internet searching frenzy as people wonder: Is that thing real?

The 72-year-old, who's currently starring in 'Invictus' (in theaters Dec. 11), suffered a broken arm and elbow in an August 2008 car accident in which he lost control of his car, flipping it several times. He underwent surgery to reconnect nerves and repair damage in his left arm and hand but as recently as January, he told Access Hollywood, "I wound up with a lot of nerve damage in my arm, so the hand is still paralyzed."

According to an MSN Canada reporter, when he was in Toronto on November 12 promoting the documentary 'Prom Night in Mississippi,' the actor's left hand was "limp and swaddled." Accounts like this, and the stiff slings and gloves that Freeman has been wearing since his accident have given rise to rumors that the hand is not just paralyzed, but has actually been replaced by an artificial one.

A rep for Freeman confirms exclusively to Moviefone that the actor's left hand is indeed real, and Freeman is simply wearing a neoprene sleeve to help the mending process.

It's not hard to see why photos like the one above have caused speculation, but we're happy to report that Freeman is still in possession of both hands and doing just fine.
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