Morgan Freeman inhales helium on TV

By Todd Leopold, CNN

updated 5:21 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014

Morgan Freeman exposed his resonant voice to helium on Jimmy Fallon's

Morgan Freeman exposed his resonant voice to helium on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight” show.


  • Morgan Freeman goes high-pitched on Fallon’s show
  • Host asked actor if he’d inhale helium
  • Freeman gamely went along with idea

(CNN) — You know the voice of Morgan Freeman: commanding, firm, resonant. He’s even played God.

What if it’s on helium?

Call it “undignified.” Freeman did.

On Thursday’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the Oscar-winning actor reluctantly agreed to conduct an interview with host Fallon after inhaling from a helium-filled balloon. It was a recreation of a bit from his Emmy-nominated Science Channel show, “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.”

“I really shouldn’t be doing this,” said Freeman squeakily, glaring at Fallon as the two took hits from the balloons. “It’s very undignified.”

As Fallon fell about laughing, he asked if Freeman would return.

“I’m never coming back,” replied the actor, after inhaling again.

Perhaps Fallon can persuade James Earl Jones to substitute.

Freeman appears in the thriller “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson, which opens Friday.

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