Tuesday 26 September 2017

Freeman: The dolphin upstages me!

Morgan Freeman was happy to be upstaged by a dolphin
Morgan Freeman was happy to be upstaged by a dolphin

Morgan Freeman is happy to be upstaged by a dolphin in his latest film.

Dolphin Tale is about a real-life dolphin called Winter, who has learnt to swim with a prosthetic tail.

Morgan plays prosthetics expert Dr Cameron McCarthy, who takes on the seemingly impossible task of crafting a tail for Winter after she gets her natural one trapped in a crab cage.

He said: "I know Winter is the real star of the movie, so I just tried to ingratiate myself. I don't mind being upstaged by anything, as long as I keep working."

However, getting to bond with the dolphin took some time. "Well, she's like any kid. You have to coax her with food, so I spent a lot of time with fish, and tossing them to her. After a while, she'd come and stay."

Dolphin Tale is Morgan's latest animal-related outing following his narration in March Of The Penguins and Born To Be Wild 3D. Yet he insists that's not one of the reasons why he said yes to the film.

"No, no. I'm not looking for message work. Documentaries are about the only message films I do," he said.

But he does have a "great respect for all creatures great and small".

"I have experience with mostly cats, dogs and goldfish. I had a dog, who was the bane of my high school principal because he used to follow me to school," he added.

:: Dolphin Tale opens in cinemas on Friday, October 14.

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