Vancouver transit just got a soothing new voice to ease bus riders' stress: Morgan Freeman! TransLink has recruited the Oscar winner and voiceover king to help promote its new credit card and mobile payment options. Riders onboard buses and at SkyTrain stations will be greeted by the actor saying, “Good news, Vancouver. Starting today, you can now tap your Visa to go anywhere TransLink takes you.” They will even receive some etiquette lessons from the icon.
“Hello transit riders. Remember what your mom used to say: Please keep your feet off the furniture,” he says in one track, while in another he reminds Vancouverites that smoking is not permitted on public transit. The actor’s distinctive voice will narrate select routes from June 4 to July 29 and address the crowd following a series of B.C. Lions home games. Morgan’s involvement in the project stems from his long-time partnership with Visa. The actor has voiced commercials for the credit card company since 2006.
The Hollywood star can now add train announcer to his inimitable resume, which includes more than 120 film and television credits. Despite turning 80 last June, the Memphis native is showing no signs of slowing down. He currently has four projects in the works, including The Poison Rose with John Travolta, and later this year will star opposite Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Morgan reflected on his illustrious career at the 2018 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, where he received the ceremony’s Lifetime Achievement honour. “The film industry is my life. Show biz is my life. I hope it stays put and stays in shape,” he said backstage, adding, ” You have to give that some thought because the title is life achievement, the inference might be get off the stage, you’re done. It might. My hope is that’s not the case, that they were saying congratulations so far.”