Oscar winning actor, Morgan Freeman plays a Nubian sheikh in the upcoming Ben-Hur remake, which tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a Roman prince falsely accused of treason, who is exiled and becomes a slave, before encountering Jesus Christ and being changed by his example. Freeman told the AFP in Los Angeles that the movie offers virtues such as redemption, tolerance and love that inform humankind.
Freeman said that the film portrays virtues that are central to the human experience.
“There’s a lot of good stuff in this story that kind of informs us as humans – the idea of redemption, of tolerance, forgiveness, love. All of that makes us want to be better people,” he explained.
When asked about the troubled election year in America, along with the racial tensions that have gripped the country, Freeman insisted that Americans should always have hope.
“We are always going to pull through. Eventually, we are always going to realize we really are, as a people, on God’s side,” he said.
Freeman who happens to be an agnostic remains deeply interested in religion. Beside owning a library of religious texts at home, including the Quran and several Bibles, Freeman has also taken part in several documentary series about faith, including National Geographic’s recent “The Story of God” project.
Ben-Hur hits theaters on Friday.