On Tuesday, it was announced that Morgan Freeman would be lending his voice to transit announcements for Vancouver’s TransLink, with the “Shawshank Redemption” actor’s familiar pipes to provide informative messages to transit passengers.
That plan appears to have hit the skids just days later, after the 80-year-old Oscar winner was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.
“In light of information we’ve learned through news stories this morning of serious allegations against actor Morgan Freeman, TransLink has decided to pause his voice announcements as part of a VISA ad campaign on the transit system,” said TransLink in a statement issued Thursday.
However, Vancouver native Seth Rogen is stepping in and offering his voice, making the suggestion on Twitter while responding to a Vancouver Sun reporter’s idea that he — as a born-and-bred Vancouverite — would make the ideal replacement.
“I would happily listen to him announce my transit stops all day, every day,” wrote Sun reporter Stephanie Ip.
Amazingly, Rogen responded, and he’s apparently up for it.
Rogen’s offer, real or not, quickly caught the attention of TransLink.
Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly caught wind of the conversation and asked Rogen if he’d lend his voice to Toronto transit as well. Rogen apparently doesn’t want to confine himself to any particular city and made an even larger offer.
Stay tuned, Canada, because the next time you use public transportation, it might sound a little something like this: