"I'm a big Elmore Leonard fan," Freeman said Tuesday. "I get books and if it says 'Elmore Leonard' I put down every other book until I've read that one because he's always a short read for me."
Freeman added he "jumped" at the chance to star in the star-studded film because he liked the idea of playing an easy-going magistrate--especially if it meant filming in beautiful Hawaii.
Said Freeman: "I'm sort of laid-back. Philosophically accepting of things. I'm into real estate. That seems to be a big thing around here--real estate.
"On the one hand, people want to build it up, on the one hand people want to keep it status quo and I'm one of the 'status quo' mavens. There's no great depth that I have to go to to find this character... He unfolds as the picture goes. So, he turns out not to be as he seems."