The best of wishes for a speedy recovery to the actor Morgan Freeman, who was recently injured in a traffic accident in Mississippi. Morgan Freeman is talented actor and a seemingly pleasant person, who I hope will soon recover his full health after what must have been a traumatic experience for a man of his age.
The accident must have also been traumatic for a large number of Hollywood directors and casting agents, in respect of who's careers Morgan Freeman must be an essential feature for who's continued longevity they must surely pray on a daily basis.
As the Vera Miles of the early 21st Century, Freeman must be amongst the most over employed actors in tinsel town. In the same way that few, 1970's made for TV dramas were complete without Vera, I am sure many of us would be challenged to name ten recent Hollywood movies which did not feature the multi purpose Mr Freeman, in at least a cameo role, playing a judge, a president, God or one of an assortment of wise old sages.
As Will Smith, who must challenge Morgan in terms the record for continuous employment, is now an essential to presenting black men as being humerous, whilst unflinchingly noble, brooding but inoffensive and almost white but black. Morgan Freeman is clearly crucial in embodying the older paternalistic black man who effortlessly deserves our respect, and who is now a vital feature of so many American films.
Clearly Freeman is irreplaceable, for who else is there? It is decades since Sydney Pottier could be taken seriously as anything other than a self deluded old goat, and as for Harry Belafonte, I am not sure that he is even still alive. Bill Cosby made himself unacceptable to Hollywood, by publicly criticising the black community and failing to buy into their widely trumpeted victim status, and is, therefore now a pariah.
Beyond that the pool of potential elderly black talent is markedly sparse. The only other possible candidates Denzel Washington, who is not yet quite old enough, and as he does age is showing troubling signs of being rather odd, and Dennis Haysbert who played the president in 24 surely can not keep reprising the role, and may not score very very on the non-threatening scale.
So get well soon Mr Freeman, Hollywood needs you, for without for you ability to combine a non-threatening, gravitas, seriousness, humour and likability all packaged together behind a rugged black face, they will struggle to perpetuate their favourite myth.
You play the role so well, and it has certainly funded your pension plan.