The Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and his adoptive Roman brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) growing up together in Jerusalem and are best friends despite their different origins. After a big fight Messala leaves the jewish family and joins the Roman army to fight in the Roman Empire’s wars in Germany. Three years later he returns as a decorated Roman officer and fights against his family. They loose everything and Ben-Hur, accused of treason, is sentenced to enslavement onboard a galley.
Five years later it was destroyed and Ben-Hur is able to cling on to a floating mast. Get gets washed ashore and is founded by Sheik Ilderim (Morgan Freeman). After convincing him not to hand him back over as a slave to the Romans, he starts to train him to be a chariot racer. This is giving Ben-Hur the chance to return to Jerusalem to face his brother once again. In a crazy chariot race he finally get’s his chance at revenge.
Ben-Hur is the fifth film adaptation of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. 1907 and 1925 it was followed by a silent film, 1959 the Academy Award-winning film (which won 11 Awards), followed 2003 with a animated film of the same name. The film stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer and Rodrigo Santoro.
The 79 year old actor made his acting debut at age nine, where he was playing the lead role in a school play. At age 12 he won a statewide drama competition. He made his off-Broadway debut in 1967 in “The Nigger Lovers” and debuting on Broadway in 1968 in “Hello, Dolly!”. 1971 he debuted his first film appearance in “Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow”, but became known in the American media through the soap opera “Another World” and the “PBS” kids show. Since then the twice-divorced father-of-four became one of the suavest actors in the business and acted in some of America’s best-loved movies and won many awards. Morgan doesn’t want to think about retirement and will be acting as long as he is wanted, that is what he once said in an interview.
Film Inside’s Rachel Kasuch met Morgan Freeman for an exclusive video-interview to talk to him about his performance in Ben-Hur, what he took away from this experience and if we all need a little more forgiveness in life.
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