Morgan Freeman knows what you're saying about the rather lethargic interview he gave to a Fox affiliate station in Seattle, and he has a justification. Sort of.

"Regarding my recent interview, I wasn't actually sleeping," the 75-year-old actor wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm a beta tester for Google Eyelids and I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page."

Freeman's humorous response to the viral video, in which he appears to fall asleep while giving an interview with "Now You See Me" co-star Michael Caine, came with a photo of him giving a thumbs-up.

Since the Facebook remark was shared, Freeman's status has garnered more than 18,000 likes and nearly 750 comments, with most reactions praising the actor for his wit and charm in response to the incident.

Watch Freeman appearing to doze off:



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  • Vice President Joe Biden

    In April 2011, Vice President Biden appeared to choose a strange moment to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/13/joe-biden-sleeping-asleep_n_848862.html">catch some shut-eye</a> during a speech by President Obama laying out his administration's plans to address the national debt.

  • Former Speaker Of The House Newt Gingrich

    Speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was allegedly <a href="http://thefw.com/newt-gingrich-falls-asleep-on-camera/">caught napping</a> ahead of an address to the AIPAC conference in March 2012.

  • Vice President Dick Cheney

    Vice President Dick Cheney <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmg5RiMMCLI">nodded in-and-out</a> of consciousness during a White House meeting to address the California wildfires in October 2007.

  • Hillary Clinton

    In 2012, <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/secretary-of-state-hillary-clinton-deep-in-thought-during-president-obamas-myanmar-speech/">questions swirled</a> about whether then-Secretary of State Clinton had nodded off -- or just shut her eyes for a moment -- during a speech by Obama in Myanmar.

  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

    The camera found Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/24/political-figures-sleepin_n_169652.html#s17331&title=John_McCain">appearing to doze off</a> during then-President George W. Bush's 2007 State of the Union address.

  • Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.)

    A speech on the Senate floor by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2006 seemed to serve as an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SNWbMGzT20c">effective lullaby</a> for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.).

  • Secretary Of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

    While President Obama's 2010 State of the Union Address certainly caught the attention of then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared to dedicate the time to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/27/democrats-asleep-reid-napolitano-sotu_n_439717.html">catching some z's</a>.

  • Former President Bill Clinton

    At a Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, former President Bill Clinton looked to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaDN5LM1t7Q">find it difficult to keep his eyes open</a>.

  • Director Of The National Economic Council Larry Summers

    CNN's Lou Dobbs reported in 2009 that President Obama's former chief economic advisor, Larry Summers, had picked a bad time to have a catnap. Summers appeared to sleep through a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/23/larry-summers-falls-aslee_n_190659.html">2009 meeting with credit card industry officials</a>.

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was accused of <a href="http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/02/01/clarence-thomas-slept-through-obamas-inaugural-address/">taking a siesta</a> during the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009.

  • California State Senator

    Facing a budget crisis, the California state Senate worked through the night to avert government shutdown. Luckily -- or unluckily for California state Sen. George Runner (R) -- CNN's cameras were rolling and captured him napping through the debate on the Senate floor.

  • Student At Obama Commencement Address

    This one's a no-doubter. Obama gave the commencement address at Kalamazoo Central High School in 2010. This guy <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/08/bored-by-obama-kid-falls_n_604548.html">just couldn't stay awake</a>.