Morgan Freeman Channeled Red To Provide Some ‘Shawshank Redemption’ Narration On ‘Graham Norton’

Morgan Freeman is all of humanity’s go-to narrator. It’s a reality and gag that will never die. It will outlive us all and become a lovely thing for alien civilizations to find.

The latest incarnation of “Morgan Freeman is an excellent narrator” popped up on this week’s The Graham Norton Show. Seated next to Going In Style c0-star/Brexit enthusiast Michael Caine, Freeman talked a bit about his classic 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption. After discussing the film’s initial box office flop status, Freeman was nudged into doing a bit of narration in the style of Red from the film. (Think James Lipton asking one of his guests if “_____ was here.”) Ever the good sport, Freeman obliged.

“I must admit I didn’t think much of Graham Norton first time I laid eyes on him,” narrated Freeman.

Freeman continued to narrate things bout Norton’s life, demeanour and drinking habits. He also got an opportunity to express a quiet desire for mercy.

“I hope people stop asking me to do stupid voice-overs like this,” said the Academy Award certified actor. “I hope.”

Speaking of honored comedy staples, Norton and Caine chatted a bit about the subject of Michael Caine impressions. Namely, how Tom Hanks possesses the one that Caine is most impressed by. Geez, Graham Norton stuffs a lot into his talk show, doesn’t he?