Morgan Freeman says money was the motivating factor for latest film role

Morgan Freeman says money was the motivating factor for latest film role

Veteran Hollywood star Morgan Freeman said money was the motivating factor for his latest role.

The Oscar-winning actor, 82, is playing a fictional US president in action thriller Angel Has Fallen, which also stars Gerard Butler.

It is the second time in Freeman's storied career he has portrayed the occupant of the Oval Office, after 1998's Deep Impact.

Asked what attracted him to the role, Freeman told the PA news agency: "Do you really want me to tell you that? Money.

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Piper Perabo, Lance Reddick, Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Danny Huston and Tim Blake Nelson attend the premiere for the film “Angel Has Fallen” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Gerard Butler arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Nick Nolte arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actress Katrin Benedikt arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Lance Reddick arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Morgan Freeman arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Gerard Butler arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Gerard Butler and actress Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Singer Kelly Osbourne arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Gerard Butler and girlfriend Morgan Brown arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actress Natalie Burn (Natalia Guslistaya) arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Actor Gerard Butler and girlfriend Morgan Brown arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - AUGUST 20: Producer Lori McCreary and actor Morgan Freeman arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Lionsgate's 'Angel Has Fallen' held at the Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
Tim Blake Nelson attends the premiere for the film “Angel Has Fallen” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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"It's the third in a franchise, it pays better than the first one.

"I get to play the president again, I'm in a successful franchise, I'm working with a guy I really admire and like.

"It's perfect."

Freeman, known for his deep voice, is one of the most successful Hollywood stars ever, thanks to films including Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption.

He won the best supporting actor Academy Award for 2004's Million Dollar Baby.

Asked if he still had "fire in his belly" with regards to acting, he said: "I enjoy it, I still enjoy it. I love making movies but it's more like smouldering embers now."

Angel Has Fallen is in cinemas now.

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