Send Good Thoughts to Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman, 71, is in serious condition following a car accident in Mississippi last night. He was extracted from the vehicle with "the jaws of life" and airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.

Send good thoughts his way. Here's a famous clip from Shawshank Redemption where he meets the parole board and is asked if he's been rehabilitated:

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    Fabulous actor (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by andgarden on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:16:36 PM EST
    I wish him all the best.

    wow (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Capt Howdy on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:20:13 PM EST
    what awful news.  one of the great ones.

    Not only is Morgan Freeman a great (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by PssttCmere08 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:21:39 PM EST
    actor, he is a great humanitarian....SENDING MANY HEALING BLESSINGS YOUR WAY MR. FREEMAN.

    Morgan's The Man (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by flashman on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:22:00 PM EST
    not only for his art, but also for the way he lives his life.  God's speed.

    An amazing talent. (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by TChris on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:22:26 PM EST
    I always know I'll like a movie if Morgan Freeman is in it.  Or at least I'll like his role.  I hope he makes a full and quick recovery.

    Yes, a great actor. (5.00 / 0) (#11)
    by tree on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:14:33 PM EST
    And Shawshank is one of my favorites. I could watch it over and over and over.

      A great actor and a great man. Here's wishing him a quick recovery and decades of more great roles.


    I read... (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Marco21 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:27:41 PM EST
    he was talking and joking after the accident despite the seriousness nature of his injuries. That's a good sign.

    Morgan is an American treasure. In my opinion, he was robbed of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Seven. Yeah, I am still pissed.

    Glad to hear that (5.00 / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:44:09 PM EST
    I agree about Seven too.

    He was brilliant (none / 0) (#16)
    by Marco21 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:32:25 PM EST
    And I meant serious nature.

    I am too tired to be posting today.

    Get well, Morgan.


    good thoughts going out (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Little Fish on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:32:25 PM EST
    I heard about this this morning. He's been in my thoughts all day. One of my favorite actors, I wish him a speedy recovery.  

    He managed to laugh and joke around (5.00 / 0) (#14)
    by BarnBabe on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:29:19 PM EST
    That is a good sign. I believe they had to use the Jaws of Life but it was reported that he saw some people taking phone pictures and he said, "No freebies, no freebies". My best wishes to a great actor.

    Swift recovery to Morgan Freeman! (5.00 / 0) (#17)
    by hesbooks on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:36:11 PM EST
    I'm one of your biggest admirers, dear Morgan Freeman; your work and life are exemplary for all of us in and out of show business. I wish you a painless and speedy full recovery, so you can continue to do the wonderful and inspiring work you've done for decades.

    There are few (5.00 / 0) (#18)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:37:19 PM EST
    actors where if they're in a movie, I automatically put the movie on my must-see list.

    Morgan Freeman is one of those few.

    I wish you well, my friend.

    Did you see The Bucket List? I enjoyed (none / 0) (#36)
    by PssttCmere08 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:18:04 PM EST
    that one too.

    Morgan Freeman has always been (5.00 / 0) (#24)
    by BronxFem on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:57:06 PM EST
    an inspiration.  May he recover soon.

    I Was Crushed (5.00 / 0) (#25)
    by JimWash08 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:57:06 PM EST
    after reading this headline on the front page of Yahoo! earlier.

    Morgan Freeman, like many have already said here, is and will always be one the best actors and American ambassadors we'll ever have.

    I had the pleasure of meeting him last year when he was in D.C. and despite being a huge movie star, he was just a regular, lovable Joe.

    I'm sending him my thoughts and best wishes for a full, speedy recovery, and many more years of great and inspiring film performances.

    mr freeman, you have my best (5.00 / 0) (#26)
    by hellothere on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:57:33 PM EST
    wishes. i am very happy to hear he was alert. please keep us posted. i had heard him speak about his large ranch in mississippi. apparently he loves to ride horses. he lives a quiet and private life there. class act all the way!

    The Media is already taking about a ... (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by Robot Porter on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:00:23 PM EST
    Dark Knight curse.


    I wish Morgan all the best.  I've been watching and loving his work since The Electric Company.  He's one of our greatest talents.

    Morgan Freeman and Electric Co. (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by Mickie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:47:42 PM EST
    My dad had just died when I first saw the Electric Co.  Watching Mr. Freeman on that show was a big comfort to me.  You see my dad was tall, and thin and dark like Mr. Freeman, but the thing that offered me the most comfort was they had identical walks,and mannerisms so he was a big comfort to me. I have been a loyal fan since then.

    His car was airborne (5.00 / 0) (#30)
    by JavaCityPal on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:35:46 PM EST
    before coming to rest in a ditch. Sounds like he was alone in the vehicle, and a single car accident.

    So glad that someone got help to him quickly enough to airlift him to the hospital for what every one of his millions of fans hopes to be a speedy and solid recovery.

    He has that incredible presence that is so unique, and I sure hope he has many more movies to share with us.

    Thoughts (5.00 / 0) (#37)
    by lentinel on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:36:20 PM EST
    I am sending all the positive energy I can to Morgan Freeman.

    He radiates goodness and warmth.

    I am hoping for a full recovery for this beautiful person.

    Good news from his publicist (5.00 / 0) (#41)
    by tree on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:19:11 PM EST
    MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug 04, 2008 PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX -- The following is a statement by Donna Lee - Spokesperson/Publicist for Morgan Freeman:
    Regarding Morgan's injuries - "Morgan has a broken arm, elbow and has minor shoulder damage but was in good spirits when I spoke with him a short time ago at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at The MED, a Level 1 Trauma Center at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
    He is having a little bit of surgery this afternoon or tomorrow to help correct the damage. He says he'll be OK and is looking forward to a full recovery."
    Folks are welcome to send well wishes - no flowers or gifts - to:
    PO Box 16548, Encino, CA 91416 in care of Morgan Freeman
    Or they can blog him at: http://www.planitnow.org/morgan/
    He and we thank everyone who has sent them for the good wishes and prayers.
    SOURCE Donna Lee - Spokesperson/Publicist for Morgan Freeman

    Oh my....I'm so sorry to hear this and will hope (none / 0) (#1)
    by kempis on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 01:16:23 PM EST
    for the best.

    What an extraordinary actor Morgan Freeman is....

    Get Well Soon (none / 0) (#10)
    by hempystix on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:12:28 PM EST
    Happy thoughts and well wishes from the whole family!

    Amazing actor... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:14:54 PM EST
    and an amazing scene...here's to a speedy recovery for Mr. Freeman.

    Another great scene from Shawshank...Red explaining how cons become institutionalized. Can't find a video clip, but here's the quote. I can't picture anybody but Morgan Freeman delivering these memorable lines.

    "Brooks ain't no bug.  He's just... he's just institutionalized."

    "The man's been in here fifty years, Haywood.  Fifty years.  This is all he knows.  In here, he's an important man.  He's an educated man.  Outside, he's nothin'.  Just a used up con with arthritis in both hands. He probably can't even get a Library Card if he tried.  You know what I'm trying to say."

    "I'm telling ya, these walls are funny.  First, ya hate `em.  Then ya get used to `em.  Enough time passes, ya get so you depend on `em.  That's institutionalized."

    Incredible movie (5.00 / 0) (#13)
    by CST on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:19:48 PM EST
    You missed the best part of that speech!

    "They send you here for life and that's exactly what they take.  The part that counts, anyway."


    You so right.... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:31:44 PM EST
    how could I forget that!  Especially since I practically have every line of that stupendous film memorized.

    Forty years I been asking permission to pi$$. I can't squeeze a drop without say-so.

    Here you go (none / 0) (#40)
    by tree on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:15:40 PM EST
    It's at 8:03 in. Link

    Morgan Freeman (none / 0) (#20)
    by skwrly52 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:39:50 PM EST
    I send all my best wishes to Morgan Freeman's entire family for his quick recovery from the accident.  You are indeed a wonderful actor.  My whole family enjoys all your movies.  Please get better soon!!!

    Heal well and (none / 0) (#21)
    by pie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:47:41 PM EST

    He is a fabulous actor.  Just thinking about Shawshank Redemption gives me chills.  Of course, Tim Robbins wasn't half bad either.

    Speaking of Academy Award snubs.... (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:50:37 PM EST
    how did Shawshank lose best Picture to Forest Freakin' Gump?

    Don't get me wrong, Gump was a good movie, but Shawshank is one of the best films ever made, hands down.


    Morgan Freeman and Shawshank (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by Mickie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:36:46 PM EST
    yes,I believe Mr. Freeman was robbed when he didn't receive the oscar for Shawshank.  I have seen Forrest Gump once, and I can't count the number of times I have seen Shawshank.  It is one of the all time great movies.

    The movie does the book so must justice (none / 0) (#35)
    by samtaylor2 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:56:35 PM EST
    Thank God you are still here. (none / 0) (#22)
    by BIGOLTON on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:48:55 PM EST
    Mr. Freeman I am sure you do not know me but I have seen every thing you have don in pictures and have some books that speak of you.  I pray you be strenghten by The Lord.  There are not many like you in the business that you are in but thank God you are one that takes a different walk in life than others.  When you are able let me know if you got my message.  God be with you.

    Very sorry (none / 0) (#28)
    by chrisvee on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:16:36 PM EST
    to hear this news. I wish him a speedy and full recovery.

    Morgan Freeman (none / 0) (#29)
    by Mickie on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:29:35 PM EST
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your companion. May you both have a speedy recovery.

    Best wishes (none / 0) (#33)
    by txpublicdefender on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:47:01 PM EST
    He is one of the finest actors working today.  Shawshank Redemption remains one of my all-time favorite movies--I'll never forget that scene on the rooftop of him, Tim Robbins, and some of the other guys enjoying a beer after a day of work.  Just beautiful.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Mr. Freeman.

    Wir senden good thoughts his way .... (none / 0) (#38)
    by bridget on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 04:53:33 PM EST
    and best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery

    we like him so much and enjoy all his movies

    just saw him in The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and to see them both together in this film was a real gift.

    I was so shocked when I heard this terrible news.

    Correction: We are sending good thoughts his way (none / 0) (#39)
    by bridget on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:07:11 PM EST
    and while I am in foreign language mode right now doing translations I may as well say also:

    Wir denken an Sie und wuenschen Ihnen gute Besserung, Mr. Freeman!


    Mr. Morgan Freeman (none / 0) (#42)
    by redneonii on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 07:21:38 PM EST
    Mr. Freeman we were sorry to hear of your accident, and hope that you have a speedy recovery. God bless you, and take care of your self. Patty & Jim Clark of Derry, Pa.

    NYTimes... (none / 0) (#43)
    by lentinel on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 09:42:02 AM EST
    The NYTimes, in reporting about Mr. Freeman's injuries, added this line: "''There's no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved." They were quoting a Mississippi highway patrolman.

    I don't think this line was necessary.
    The thought hadn't even entered my mind until they put it there.

    In truth, I felt it was racist.