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For once it was not Morgan Freeman’s distinctive voice or commanding presence that drew attention Sunday night at the Academy Awards – it was the black glove he wore on his left hand.
The 85-year-old actor’s Oscars role was to introduce a short video about Warner Brothers.
Freeman has told the story of the glove before. It began with a car accident in 2008 that severely damaged his left hand.
“They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” witness Clay McFerrin said at the time, according to CBS News. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”
The injury would force the actor to wear a compression glove.
“I suffered nerve damage and it hasn’t gotten better. I can’t move it,” Freeman said in a 2010 interview with People, according to Hollywood.com.
“If you don’t move your hand, it will swell up. Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?” he said then.
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