National Geographic : 2016 Apr
PHOTO: MILLER MOBLEY nationalgeographic.com/3Q 3 Questions Did you come to this project with a curiosity about God and faith that you wanted to explore? Well, I think I’m like most people who grow up with God. My grandmother was not religious, but she was a studious believer. She’d go to church because she was tired; she was a seamstress. You know how you say to children that God is love? Well, by the age of 13, I was beginning to question all that. The questioning is ongoing. This series was an opportunity to really delve into it, to go find some answers. Some people picture God as you, after you played God in the movie Bruce Almighty. Who do you see? Me? You know that George Burns also played God. [Laughs] I don’t think there is an image of God. I like the idea of rays coming down from the clouds. I like the idea of seeing the Milky Way on a clear and starry night or under a full moon. That is the essence of existence. You’re there totally with the great unknown. That’s God. How was it to visit these holy, heavily guarded places? It wasn’t bad, except maybe on one occasion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. We got kicked out because I’ve got a big mouth—because I used an unallowable word, which we didn’t realize was unallowable. We were in one of the tombs below where the Crucifixion of Jesus took place. I used the term “myth” in regard to what happened there, and we were asked to leave posthaste. Out. But we were allowed back in the next day. Morgan Freeman is an actor and director who has famously voiced the Almighty. Now he’s asking big cosmological questions— How did we get here? What happens when we die?—for The Story of God, a new series on the National Geographic Channel. The quest for answers took Freeman, 78, to hallowed sites around the globe, from a Maya temple to the Vatican. Why I Went Looking for Spiritual Answers Watch the six-part Story of God With Morgan Freeman on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, starting April 3 on the National Geographic Channel.