Is Morgan Freeman a Sellout? [Update: Nope!]


Morgan Freeman, a man whose voice is trusted more than anyone else's in the world because of all the wise old men he's pretended to be in movies, is a supporter of the Democratic Party. He endorsed Barack Obama all the way back in 2007. In 2009, he sent out a fund-raising pitch for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Over the years he's donated $7,400 to Democratic candidates. And he recently lent his voice to a campaign ad for B.J. Lawson, who's running for congress in North Carolina's fourth district against Congressman David Price. But surprise! Lawson is a Republican.

Now, maybe Freeman, despite his Democratic proclivities, just liked what he heard about Lawson after a mutual friend "connected the campaign with the actor," and that's why he was willing to disparage the "failed stimulus" and Price's pro-Pelosi voting record. Or maybe he'll just say anything in exchange for money. It's one or the other.

Freeman coda, Wait, is that ... [Ben Smith/Politico]

Update: Well, this just got very weird. Did the Lawson campaign actually hire a Morgan Freeman impersonator, then tell people it was really Morgan Freeman? According to a statement from a Freeman spokesman, Freeman never recorded an ad for Lawson:

These people are lying. I have never recorded any campaign ads for B.J. Lawson and I do not support his candidacy. And, no one who represents me ever has ever authorized the use of my name, voice or any other likeness in support of Mr. Lawson or his candidacy.

In the comments on his Facebook page, Lawson had written this in response to queries about the ad:

Yes, Morgan Freeman is the narrator for our most recent commercial. Mr. Clay, you might enjoy another excellent work narrated by Mr. Freeman, our American Declaration of Independence:

The campaign also told Politico that the narrator was actually Freeman:

According to the campaign, Freeman was paid for his time, but nowhere near the rate that the actor normally charges for voice work.

Campaign manager Martin Avila explains that a supporter of Lawson's was also acquainted with Mr. Freeman and connected the campaign with the actor.

Update II: Though Lawson's campaign claims it was tricked into believing that Freeman had actually recorded the ad, an e-mail by the consultant group responsible for the ad makes it clear that the "Morgan Freeman" voice would be done by a convincing double.