Make no mistake, though his filmography may suggest otherwise, Morgan Freeman has no idea how to play God.
“Playing God is simply a matter of learning a script. It didn’t require research beyond that,” Freeman deadpanned during National Geographic’s panel for “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” on Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
The project, a collaboration among Lori McCreary, James Younger and Freeman, who all serve as executive producers, is an exploration of religion across the globe and the function of God in any given society. The team previously collaborated on Discovery’s “Through the Wormhole.”
“We were driven to make this by seeing all of the misunderstanding and difficulties centered around religion in the world today. We were motivated to say, ‘Let’s go there and see what religions have in common,” said Younger, adding, “What we found is a remarkable commonality between religions.”
“We had to cut away a lot that we wanted to talk about because there just wasn’t time. We wanted to be able to dig deep into the religions we addressed,” said McCreary.
But for as much time as they’ve spent poring over the notion of God and his followers, the trio still have unanswered questions. When asked what they would ask the Divine given the opportunity, they didn’t hesitate.
McCreary wondered, “What’s the key to unifying us all as Your children?” while Freeman opted for a more pointed, “What do You think now?” But it was former scientist Younger who opted for the most universal question of all: “Why?”
“The Story of God” will air on National Geographic Channel in spring.
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