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Freeman narrates new film ‘Born to Be Wild’

Kam Williams | 4/12/2011, 12:13 p.m.

Well, if they’re already actors, then there’s no desire to become actors. What they’re looking for now is success, to become paid actors. And the only advice I have for them is to persevere. Just keep plugging away. Keep going! Don’t give up! The surest way to fail at anything is to give up.   

Are there are any community-based charity organizations you’re working with in Mississippi?

My own. I have a charity dedicated to education.

How are your plans to make historical dramas about the black experience in America coming along?

Slowly.

After what movie did you finally say to yourself, “I have arrived!”

“Street Smart.”

Have you been to any exotic animal orphanages like those shown in the documentary?

No, but I have foster-parented seven cats.

How does your country home life in Mississippi compare to the citified Hollywood environment you enter into for work?

It’s preferable. That’s why I’m there.

What gets you interested in a script and have you ever turned down movie roles?

Oh, I’ve turned down a lot of stuff. And what interests me is the same thing that would interest you in a book. If a book doesn’t hold your interest after several pages, what do you do?

I put it down.

It’s the same thing with a script.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Playing solitaire on my computer. I’m totally addicted to it.

What was the last book you read?

 I just read a book called “1,000 White Women,” which is based not on a story but on an actual event. In the 1850s, a Cheyenne chief apparently asked the president of the United States for white women, saying that peace could be achieved if whites and Native Americans became one through the offspring of intermarriage.

To what do you attribute your success?   

Perseverance, luck and just a little bit of talent.