Morgan Freeman says that Shawshank Redemption is one of the 5 movies that defined his career, according toThe Hollywood Reporter.
"Most of what I remember is that when I read the script, I didn't know which character to read for. When my agent told me it was Red, I couldn't believe they were giving me the movie! I never imagined it would be that character. Tim and I fell into each other as actors; it was one of those easy experiences. I was very surprised that the film didn't get a better reception. It got great reviews, but nobody went to see it. I think the reason was the title. It was confusing! If you can't sell the title, you can't get people to see it."
Shawshank is one of the best reviewed and loved King adaptations. The original story appeared in Different Seasons titled Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It was well reviewed bud did poorly in theaters. The other movies that Freeman chose as defining are Lean on Me, Driving Ms. Daisy, Million Dollar Baby and Bruce Almighty (?).