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Morgan Freeman: 'Burnt out? Paint a landscape!'
September 30, 2016, 7:55 am
Morgan Freeman has encouraged actors who have burnt out in Hollywood to take up painting.
The veteran actor was answering questions from fans during an interview with Collider on Sunday (21Aug16), when he was asked if actors get burnt out, or if they deliberately give bad performances.
"I don't think any actor purposefully gives a bad performance, but yeah, I do think they burn out," the 79-year-old replied.
"I think you get to a point where you think, 'Enough of this, I'm going to do something else. Paint a landscape or something, raise horses.'"
Freeman stars in the epic blockbuster Ben-Hur, which follows the story of Ben-Hur (played by Jack Huston), who is forced into slavery after being falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (played by Toby Kebbell), and later finds redemption.
British actor Kebbell also had some words of advice for those Hollywood actors who are burnt out, and gave them a stark reminder of what they chose to do for a living.
"I've heard people giving bad performances because they've fallen out, or they've got trapped in some bizarre spiral of believing they're important," he smiled ruefully. "The important thing to understand is, whether it's a short movie or a blockbuster, you're supposed to give the same effort.
"And, you do get burned out. But, widen your vocabulary of skills and abilities, or appreciate how lucky you are to have earned money for wearing make-up. I mean, money. Real, 'buy a house and a car' money, for pretending. For doing what you did when you were six!" he joked.
While Kebbell, 34, said he can't understand burning out right now, he acknowledged that may be because of his tender age.
"I don't comprehend it (burning out) but I'm only 34," he added. "I might to get 50 and think, 'I'm so done with this', but then I'll just leave (Hollywood), because no-one cares that I'm here anyway!"