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OTRC: Morgan Freeman explains his impetus for doing 'Dolphin Tale'

Morgan Freeman talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of 'Dolphin Tale' in September 2011.

Morgan Freeman arguably has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood, but the actor joked to OnTheRedCarpet.com that his impetus for doing "Dolphin Tale" was that he needed work.

"It was just a really well-put-together story about a creature that I have a fascination with and I'm looking for work... always," Freeman told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere.

Freeman most recently appeared in the films "Red" and "Invictus," which earned $165 million and $124 million worldwide respectively. He is also the executive producer and narrator of the Science channel's documentary series, "Through the Wormhole."

In "Dolphin Tale," which is based on a true story, a young boy named Sawyer bonds with a bottlenose dolphin that has lost its tail in a crap trap. When faced with the realization that the dolphin might not make it, in spite of the care he received at a marine hospital (run by Harry Connick Jr.), he tracks down Dr. McCarthy (Morgan Freeman) who specializes in prosthetic limbs for veterans and finds a life-saving solution. Judd stars as Sawyer's single mother, who works as a nurse.

"My character's name is Doctor Cameron McCarthy and he makes prosthetics for returning veterans," Freeman continued. "Our young hero in the movie sort of ropes him into looking at this dolphin's problem to see if he can solve it and he gets intrigued and goes about trying."

When asked whether there is any truth to the statement that it is difficult to work with children and animals, the veteran actor said there was (almost) no truth to the saying.

"That's crap," Freeman said of the idea. "Children are professional actors and are great to work with and with some animals, maybe you don't want to work with -- I worked with a bear once, I don't want to do that again."

The 74-year-old actor also acknowledged that he tends to learn from his movies, but is rarely sure what he's learned right away.

"Generally, when you do something, you say 'I must have learned something' but you have to cogitate," Freeman said. "You have to contemplate that for awhile to know what that is."

Freeman took home the 2005 Academy Award for his work in "Million Dollar Baby." He also received nominations for the films "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Invictus."

The actor rose to fame after appearing on the soap opera "Another World" and the PBS children's program "The Electric Company."

Freeman will next appear in "The Dark Knight Rises," portraying Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale's Batman. The film is slated for release on July 20, 2012.

"Dolphin Tale" opened in theaters on September 23. Watch a trailer below.

Additional reporting by Shannon McClain, special correspondent of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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