Morgan Freeman broke bread (or in this case, matzah) with Rabbi Maya Leibovich in Jerusalem as he explored the meaning of religion in his National Geographic documentary series, “The Story of God.”
During the Seder, Freeman learns about Jewish freedom from slavery in Egypt from Leibovich, who is the first female rabbi to be born in Israel.
“With all due respect, Morgan, the children are the center of this night,” Leibovich jokingly told the actor, who portrayed God in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty,” as she explained the various parts of the Seder to him.
The episode aired Sunday and is part of Freeman’s documentary show, in which he tackles questions of belief and religion, and for which he traveled to Jerusalem.
Watch a sneak-peek from the episode here:
He may have depicted God in Hollywood films, but Morgan Freeman came to Jerusalem with questions about religion still unsettled.
“I’m primarily interested in why, what is the why of it,” the Academy Award-winning actor told Reuters on Wednesday during a break in shooting “The Story of God,” a National Geographic and Highlight Films documentary exploring faith and theology.
“I haven’t found any answers yet. We’re still in production,” he said at the 4th-century Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a traditional site of Jesus’s tomb where many pilgrims seemed as impassioned by the star’s surprise presence.
Freeman, who played God in “Bruce Almighty” and “Evan Almighty” and is also famed for his plangent film narrations, is both star and executive producer of the documentary, slated for release in April. Locations include Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Guatemala, Turkey and India.
The 78-year-old narrowly missed flash floods at the West Bank’s biblical Qumran caves. In the cobbled alleyways of Jerusalem’s walled Old City, his panama hat, sunglasses and brace of bodyguards did little to keep away selfie-snapping locals and tourists.
The excitement offered some reprieve from religious strife surging in the city this month amid Palestinian unrest over stepped-up Israeli visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site also revered by Jews as a vestige of their ancient temples.
Freeman declined to comment on the conflict - a departure, perhaps, from a video he made with other Hollywood figures supporting the July nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, and which Israel has condemned as insufficiently stringent.
“I don’t have a message for anybody. No, we’re just here doing a documentary,” he said.
Much like the socially inept persona he plaid in “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg has much to learn about social graces.
The Jewish celeb sat down with Univision News’ Romina Puga to promote his upcoming film, “Now You See Me” two weeks ago, and as the interview surfaced the web, it became pretty apparent that the two didn’t get along very well— and by not getting along very well, I mean Eisenberg basically made Puga cry.
When Puga referred to Eisenberg’s co-star, Morgan Freeman, by his last name, he responded, “Freeman? Who are you? What are you on the baseball team with him?”
Puga took to Univision’s Tumblr to explain the awful interaction, writing up some of the dialogue the two shared. The most uncomfortable part went like this:
“Rehabilitated? It’s just a bullshit word,” Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman) notoriously tells the parole board in “The Shawshank Redemption.” “So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don’t give a shit.”
Three decades into her incarceration as an accessory to the murder of a police officer, Alison Moulten, the heroine (or anti-heroine) of Willy Holtzman’s “Something You Did,” which opened this week at Theater J in Washington, D.C., is as cynical as Red is about the prospect of freedom. But whereas Red mocks the parole board, Moulten decides to contact the victim’s daughter (Aakhu Freeman) and tries to enlist her help, as well as that of a former colleague-lover turned political nemesis.
Who’s Jewish? According to Google (and Gawker ) nearly everyone in Hollywood, from Meryl Streep to Morgan Freeman, and even Mel Gibson. Well, sort of.
A post late Tuesday on media news and gossip Web site Gawker revealed that the top search suggestions on Google for various celebrity names (when preceded by the word is) include the word Jewish. For example, if you type the words “Is David Beckham” into the search bar, a drop-down menu will appear with several options, the first of which is “Is David Beckham Jewish.”
It’s the top ranked search for Robin Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Affleck and Bill Gates.
And it’s not just celebs. Type in “Is Al Gore” and you will get suggestions including “an idiot, Jewish, a hypocrite.” (Yes, in that order!)
Go ahead. Try it with your favorite celebrities. Let us know what you find. (You know you want to.)
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