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Morgan Freeman hospitalized

Oscar-winning actor hurt in car accident

Over the weekend, Morgan Freeman became the second star in a week to suffer serious injuries behind the wheel.

The busy thesp, cast in several upcoming projects, was driving in the Mississippi Delta late Sunday when he went off the road and landed in a ditch after his car flipped several times. He remained hospitalized Monday at a Memphis area hospital with a broken arm and elbow.

His injuries could throw a monkey wrench into his next project, “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle,” an indie skedded to begin lensing next month. Freeman was lined up to co-star with Pierce Brosnan in Danny DeVito’s bigscreen adaptation of the Scholastic tome; Freeman is also co-producing under his Revelations banner, which he runs with Lori McCreary. A rep said filmmakers are still determining the impact of Freeman’s injuries; the 71-year-old thesp was skedded to undergo surgery.

None of his other projects are expected to be affected. Freeman will star in “The Human Factor,” the Nelson Mandela bio that Clint Eastwood is directing for Warners, but that shoot isn’t skedded to begin until early next year. He also has several projects awaiting release, including the Yari Group’s “The Lonely Maiden” and Nu Image’s “The Code.” Another potential project, “Memory of a Killer” for Focus, is still in script stage.

The crash trapped Freeman and a female companion inside the car, but he was alert and joked with rescue workers and looky-loos who tried to take photos of him at the scene. Police said there were no indications alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.

Freeman’s crash comes one week after Shia LaBeouf badly injured his hand in an auto accident that created a logistical headache for producers of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” Scenes involving co-star Josh Duhamel were moved up a week (Daily Variety, July 31). Helmer Michael Bay has since said he is exploring ways to write around LaBeouf’s injury, which are now expected to put the 22-year-old thesp out of commission for weeks.

LaBeouf was accused of drunk driving after his July 27 accident in West Hollywood but he was later determined not to be at fault.

Fellow “Transformers 2” thesp Isabel Lucas was in the car with LaBeouf but was not injured.

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