Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman says he's not interested in seeing "12 Years a Slave" because he knows the movie will get him angry over racism and other injustices. The dramatic movie is based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, an African-American musician who was kidnapped and held in slavery in the South for 12 years in the 1800s. "12 Years a Slave" (which opened in limited release on Oct. 18, 2013) is expected to be nominated for several major movie awards.
In a UPI interview published on Oct. 24, 2013, Freeman commented on the movie: "I saw a television movie that was made a few years ago about the same [Solomon Northup] character. But I don't particularly want to see it. I don't want my anger quotient exacerbated, you know? Things are bad enough as they are. I don't want to keep punching myself in the face with it."
Freeman has been very outspoken about being a liberal Democrat and his support of civil-rights issues. In the UPI interview, he said, "The lengths that people will go to to show their prejudices! You see some of these signs that say, 'TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!' What the [expletive] is that? Whose country are you talking about?
"Obama was legitimately elected president. If you don’t like that, fine, either move out, or make your point and get yourself elected, but don’t tear the country apart! That’s not going to get you anywhere. I think the Republicans have pretty much destroyed themselves by allowing themselves to be controlled by a small contingent of people with a lot of money."
Freeman also said that gay rights are the "civil rights movement of our time. I’m in show business and I’m an ex-dancer. I have an enormous number of gay friends. Marginalizing people for that? These people who are ignorant enough to think that being gay is a 'chosen lifestyle?' That’s the height of ignorance. It’s like saying being black is a chosen lifestyle. Get out of here!"
Freeman has been recently promoting his comedy film "Last Vegas," in which he stars with Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline. In "Last Vegas," the actors portray four longtime friends who reunite in Las Vegas for the wedding of the character played by Douglas. The movie opens in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on Nov. 1, 2013.