Morgan Freeman didn't like 'The Shawshank Redemption' title

Tim Robbins as prisoner Andy Dufresne, left, and Morgan Freeman as fellow inmate Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding.

Tim Robbins as prisoner Andy Dufresne, left, and Morgan Freeman as fellow inmate Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding.

It is one of the most iconic and revered movies of recent years, but for one of the stars of The Shawshank Redemption there was a big problem with the film - the title.

Morgan Freeman played Red in the 1994 movie directed by Frank Darabont.

Despite seven Academy Award nominations, the film was a box office disappointment until it found a home on video and in repeats on TV.

Now it is one frequently in critics' lists of the top 10 films of all time. Last year it was named New Zealand's favourite movie ever by flicks.co.nz.

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But Freeman told US TV show Late Night With Seth Meyers that he loved the script but not the movie's title.

"The original title was Stephen King's book, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," Freeman said.

"Now, don't choose Shawshank Redemption when you've got Rita Hayworth! But they said when I complained - and I did - that it won't fit on the marquee. So what? Just put Rita Hayworth… You've got the one-sheet there, it'll say the rest of it! But they chose not to, and so it took a while to catch on," reports Entertainment Weekly.

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