Morgan Freeman has such a great concern for the plight of the honeybee, that he's now gone and made his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi a refuge for them.
During a media tour for his new film "Lucy," Freeman explained the reasons behind his decision to build his own apiary saying: "I just received, two weeks ago, 26 hives of bees, so I'm very busy ... I'm beekeeping...
"There's a concerted effort to bring bees back onto the planet ... We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation... I have so many flowering things and I have a gardener too. Because she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, 'OK, what would they like to have?', so we've got acres and acres of clover, we're planting stuff like lavender, I've got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms," he adds.
Did you read all of that in the smooth-as-butter voice of Morgan Freeman? Because I know I did.
Freeman is wise to have someone else managing his hives. As the proud owner of two hives, I can tell you it's a bit of work to keep tabs on each one; not to mention the spring and fall honey harvests. Nonetheless, he does visit the bees occasionally — and since all things love Morgan Freeman, he does it even without a protective veil.
"I've not ever used (the beekeeping hat) with my bees," he says. "They haven't (stung me) yet, because right now I'm not trying to harvest honey or anything, I'm just feeding them... I think they understand, 'Hey, don't bother this guy, he's got sugar water here.'"
Check out Freeman explaining to Jimmy Fallon why he's "at one with the bees" below.
Editor's note: This article has been updated since it was originally published in July 2014.