In the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Freeman reflected on his oeuvre and came up with five of his career-defining roles. All the titles you'd expect are there -- "The Shawshank Redemption," "Driving Miss Daisy" -- yet there's one that stands out among the rest: "Bruce Almighty."
Yes, that one: the 2003 comedy, which imagines Freeman as a cool-cat God, bequeathing his powers to a disgruntled Jim Carrey. The film was a moneymaking hit, raking in over $242 million, but a far cry from one of Freeman's best.
The actor explains his reasoning to THR: "Well, you can't mess up playing a character you've never seen. I've never really met God face to face, so I was sorta making it up as I went along. Tom didn't give me much direction -- I gave him directions, and he allowed it! Working with Jimmy was a lot of fun. He is one hardworking actor. Very intelligent, very smart guy. He works his butt off. We really enjoyed each other."
Isn't that B-E-A-utiful?