*Last week on the 12th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, awaited the cast of the third installment of the “Fallen” series: “Angel Has Fallen.” We’re talking Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte and Piper Perabo.
Along with the cast was the film’s director Ric Roman Waugh.
A lot has changed since the last two films, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, Butler, who plays “Mike Banning,” is looking to be head of the president’s security. The president (Freeman) who was once just the speaker for the administration has now moved up ranks as commander in chief.
Banning has been by the country’s side for years and has now become his own security team’s person of interest after he was framed for trying to murder the president. Banning now has to prove his innocence while battling his own internal battles and confronting his hurtful past. The film includes various overt political themes, as well as poses the message: When is it time to let go of something that’s not good for you anymore?
I spoke to Freeman, Nolte and Waugh about a period when they knew they had to let go of something that was becoming toxic.
“Every day. Yeah, every couple of hours. I grab ahold of anything I can grab and I think I’m finally there,” Nolte said. “Your brain and your ego are constantly trying to get security, to get confirmed in some way. And truth is, really, reality is very lucid and momentary. It’s about staying aware and in the moment, really. But, you’re always seeking conclusions. That’s why filmmaking is so much fun,” said Nolte.
Freeman shared that his dependence on cigarettes.
“I was addicted to cigarettes. I would do anything for cigarettes. I mean I remember getting up at 3 o’clock in the morning, blizzard going, and going out and buying a pack of cigarettes,” Freeman explained. When I mentioned that Freeman could opt for a natural choice like marijuana, the award-winning actor said he supports marijuana 110 percent, as he’s recently been a huge supporter of the cannabis industry.
“Angel Has Fallen” hits theaters everywhere on Friday, Aug. 23. Check out the full interview at the top of the story.