10 Things You Didn’t Know About Morgan Freeman
8. Before Fame
Although he earned a partial drama scholarship, Freeman let another dream steer him away from acting. As much as he loved performing, he also dreamed of being a pilot so, after high school, he instead enlisted in the United States Air Force. Unfortunately, the dream and the reality were two very different things and, instead of flying, Freeman became on on-ground mechanic and radar technician, and eventually he realized it isn’t what he wanted. “I had this very clear epiphany: ‘You are not in love with this; you are in love with the idea of this,'” Freeman explained. So, after the epiphany and four years in the Air Force, Freeman moved to L.A. to once again pursue acting and began lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.
7. Becoming an Actor
From an early age Freeman had an appreciation for movies and actors and often did what he could to scrape together enough money to see a film and the likes of Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy and more. Acting itself didn’t become an interest for him until, as punishment for pulling out one of his classmate’s chairs from underneath her, he was forced to take part in his school’s drama competition. His natural ability for acting was obvious and, from that moment on, Freeman became dedicated to the drama program and earned top honors.