Struggling to correct a broken plane en route to the latest film premiere? It’s all in a day’s work for superhero actor Morgan Freeman.
The 77-year-old actor was flying from his home in Mississippi on his way to the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of his upcoming film Ruth & Alex when he ran into plane troubles. He was flying his own jet, because that’s a thing he apparently does, when the plane malfunctioned.
He managed to arrive to the premiere 90 minutes late, arriving on the red carpet to explain his plane troubles. Here’s what he told The Hollywood Reporter — have fun hearing the quote in his voice:
The slats would not retract in the air. On the ground they were fine, but in the air they were a problem. We were about 10 minutes in the air trying to get them to retract but they didn’t so we went back and landed.
Once we got in the air, they still didn’t work again, so we landed… We cycled them again, and took off, they still didn’t work, so we landed. Cycled them again, and took off, they still didn’t work so we went back. Had to put the plane away and take out the other plane.
I just didn’t know how late I was… They still didn’t work so we went back. Had to put the plane away and take out the other plane.
As a young man, Freeman worked for the US Air Force repairing radio equipment, eventually leading him to obtain a pilot’s license 12 years ago. He now owns two private planes, like any good action hero should.