There aren’t many voices that are quite as soothing as Morgan Freeman’s. Couple that reassuring tone with Freeman’s reading of lyrics from Justin Bieber‘s “Love Yourself” and it gives the tune an interesting, funny interpretation, which was likely not the singer, Ed Sheeran and Benjamin Levin’s original intention for the kiss-off song when they penned it. Freeman read the lyrics for a video he taped for Vanity Fair.
“I’m going to give a dramatic reading from a very popular songwriter,” Freeman says at the beginning of the clip, adding a bit of an eye roll in for good measure. His read continues with perfectly timed dramatic pauses and deadpanned looks directly into the camera, which injects a bit of camp into the song’s sentiment.
The tongue-in-cheek approach may come off with a good dose of side eye from Freeman, but Bieber seemed to approve as he retweeted Vanity Fair‘s tweet about the video’s release.
This wasn’t the first unusual take on a song from Bieber’s Purpose album. Several celebrities gave dramatic reads of “Sorry” during Sundance Film Festival and Ten Second Songs’ Anthony Vincent also took on “Sorry,” singing it in 20 different styles.
Freeman is starring in London Has Fallen, which gets its theatrical release this weekend.