|Morgan Freeman on the Cover of AARP The Magazine's February/March Issue|
"I went into the Air Force with the idea of being a fighter pilot, but they made me a radar mechanic. I'm about as mechanical as a doorknob, and my test scores qualified me to be an electronic countermeasures operator, but they weren't having that. As I understand it, General didn't want anybody black in there. Eventually, I decided my attraction to being a fighter pilot was all movie stuff, so I said 'Never mind.'"
On his early work studying dance
"I did more than 700 episodes of over five years. This was Season 1, because did only the first season, and, yeah, I was as shocked as everyone by the recent news about him. We all got along great, but by the third year, I began to hate myself for not having the gumption to quit. I was on my way to becoming Captain Kangaroo. No, no, no. I'd come home and my wife would hand me a glass full of scotch and water. One day, she said, 'You need to quit this."
"Mama was born in . She had four boys and one girl. Mama was a rolling stone. She liked to go. She had a very strong moral streak: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' I'm a mama's boy, but I got in trouble with her a lot, usually for doing something neglectful. I remember we were living close to the bone in this tenement, and she made banana pudding. I lit the oven and never took the pie out. Let's just say I can still hear her hollering."
"I'm 50 years old, playing off-Broadway opposite the incredible . changed everything. We heard Warner Bros. was making the movie, but they never hire actors. When the movie's director, , came backstage, I said, 'So, do I get the job?' he said, 'You're kinda young.' He wanted . But when they went to Sidney, Sidney said, 'Go with the kid."
"Some people thought wasn't ready for a black president, but I didn't consider it. I'm not a professional black actor; I'm a professional actor. I can remember only once in the movies playing black, and that was ."
"As for politics today, I supported Hillary in the election, and now it feels like we are jumping off a cliff. We just have to find out how we land. I'm not scared, though. I'm holding out hope that has to be a good president. He can't not be. What I see is a guy who will not lose."
"The truth? It was anticlimactic. I was up for best actor three times. The Oscar for was for best supporting. I keep the statue at home in a little room in that has tchotchkes in it, and all of the high-end awards are there: the Screen Actors Guild, the People's Choice, Golden Globe. I've stopped waiting for the best actor Oscar, because you get to a point where it's better to be nominated over and over. It's more fun that way. You get to stay in that crowd."
"… I own this blues club called Ground Zero in , where I live. We needed good music there because the place has everything else: It's beautiful. It's quiet. It's green. I started going to in the 1970s, after my folks moved back there. I couldn't do anymore – living in a cave, concrete everywhere. I get to have a normal life in . Nobody bothers me. I stay home. I golf with friends. I go have dinner. I survived inner-city South Side of , which was a hellhole, and worked hard over the years. I figure I owe it to myself to have some peace at this point in life."
"I'd been trying to make a movie about Madiba  for 15 years. When his book was published and someone asked who should play him in the movies, he called me out. So we got in touch and stayed in touch. I went to his house in . I said, 'If I'm going to do this, I need to get to know you. I need to be able to touch you.' I would go and watch him and listen to him until I could capture that Madiba spirit. One day, his assistant, Zelda, came to the set. She said, 'How did he get here before me?' She thought I was Mandela. What did I take away from him? Well, yes, he's a hero, but he's also just a guy. He has all this courage, and that's what it takes to be Mandela. You can do anything with enough kindness and compassion."
"At a certain point in life, if you've had some success, awards start to fall from the sky. But the Movies for Grownups Achievement Award really means something. I started my movie career at the age of 50, and some of the best years have happened since then. I get a lot of pats on the back – they're all over the place – but this one's more than fun. It's priceless."