Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lucy Meeting of the Minds; Morgan Freeman Says Working with Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson Lured Him to Join Cast

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Lucy Meeting of the Minds; Morgan Freeman Says Working with Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson Lured Him to Join Cast

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MORGAN Freeman can afford to be selective about his film roles.

The Oscar winner has, after all, played everything from a homicide detective to a prison escapee to God.

In this Q&A, the 77-year-old tells how he jumped at the chance to work with The Fifth Element director Luc Besson and Avengers star Scarlett Johansson in Besson's new action thriller Lucy.

The film follows Lucy, a drug mule who transforms into a merciless warrior when she gains the ability to use 100% of her brain's capacity from a drug that accidentally leaks into her body.

Freeman plays Professor Norman, a neurologist who sees his theories come to life in Lucy's superhuman abilities.

Q: You choose your projects very carefully. What was it about Lucy that appealed to you and made you want to be in it?

A: The project appealed to me because of Luc Besson. He is one of the most fascinating filmmakers around today. He is so inventive and creative. He has done such films as The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional, with his newest film Lucy being even more ambitious. To get to work with Luc was the biggest draw for me.

Q: How was your first meeting with Luc to talk about your possible involvement in this movie?

A: Luc and I had lunch and talked about the project and why he wanted me to do it. Then when he also told me that Scarlett Johansson was going to be in it, I said "I'm in".

Q: The film dives into the subject of the capabilities of the human brain and what would happen if we utilised it more than what we already do. Is that a topic that interests you?

A: Well of course. What if you could get access to more of your "supposed" brain power? And I used the term "supposed" because some people believe that we do use all of its capacity but are just not aware of it. It's hard to say a[degrees] The brain monitors our body and tells us immediately when something is going wrong, and then it is also capable of re-wiring itself after a stroke around that damaged part of itself. …

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