Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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March 171969

"The Dozens"

Morgan Freeman has been nominated for five Oscars, winning in 2005 for his supporting role in "Million Dollar Baby." But his name first appeared on these pages in a review of the 1969 Broadway play "The Dozens." "I've been in two really stinky plays, and that was one of them," Freeman says. "But that's where I got my first mention in Variety."

To younger audiences, he's perhaps best known for playing God in "Bruce Almighty"; he's re-exploring the man upstairs in National Geographic's "The Story Of God." ELIZABETH wagmeister

Why were you interested in "The Story of Cod?"

I have this curiosity about life, and one of the things that surrounds life is the idea of death, and what comes with the idea of death is what comes after that And all of that is encapsulated in our ideas of God and religion.

Your first Variety mention was in 1969. What do you recall from that time?

I auditioned for this Off Broadway play, and they hired a friend of mine. He didn't work out, so they called me back, and one of the producers said, "I'm one of the ones who didn't want to hire you, and that was a big mistake, so I'm going to put you on Broadway." That was my beginning. …

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